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Injury and disability among Pacific people in the Cooks Islands and New Zealand

52 months
Approved budget:
Dr Josephine Herman
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
This research will determine the burden and risk factors for injury and injury-related disability among Pacific people in the Cook Islands and New Zealand, with a focus on road traffic injuries (RTI). It involves (Cook Islands) a situational analysis of injuries and disability; the establishment of an injury surveillance system; a qualitative study to explore the knowledge and attitudes of road users regarding road safety; and (New Zealand) an investigation of the burden of longer-term injury-related disability drawing from the Prospective Outcomes of Injury study. Findings of this research will: (i) add to the injury-disability knowledge gap and help identify feasible interventions for prevention and control; (ii) develop my confidence and experiences an independent researcher with an expanding skill set using quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and (iii) provide an opportunity to develop a research/training framework to support Pacific capacity and capability to address RTI.