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Pacific meets West in advancing palliative care for Pacific populations

24 months
Approved budget:
Dr Sunia Foliaki
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship
Lay summary
While many New Zealanders are receiving excellent palliative care, according to the recent direction from the Ministry of Health to review the palliative care, the government is not confident that all New Zealanders are receiving the level and quality of palliative care that is needed. The Pacific population in New Zealand have a disproportionately high morbidity and mortality rates from chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses that significantly affect quality of life with high health costs which can be improved and relieved through palliative care. This proposal aims to assess the utilisation of palliative care services among Pacific populations; explore the perspectives, challenges and experiences of Pacific palliative patients, their family and hospice service providers in the Auckland and Wellington area. These findings will contribute to recent work to inform policies and develop evidence based guidelines to improving palliative health care for Pacific people in New Zealand