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Health seeking and unmet need for Pacific children accessing primary health care

4 months
Approved budget:
Miss Jessica Fowler
Mrs Fiona Langridge
Dr Malakai Ofanoa
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Unmet need and health seeking behaviour influences whether children do or do not access health care services. Pasifika children are a high needs population and face greater difficulties in accessing care. The focus of this project will be to understand and identify factors which affect health seeking and unmet need for Pasifika children accessing primary health care within the context of the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) longitudinal study. Data from the perinatal to 54-month period will be extracted and variables within GUiNZ will be analysed in relation to access to primary health care. These findings will contribute to improved equitable access to primary health care for Pasifika children within NZ.