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Pacific peoples experience of mental disorder and mental health services

36 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Acelini Hakopa
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Masters Scholarship
Lay summary
Pacific people are more likely to experience mental disorders compared to the total New Zealand population. There is an increased need for mental health services for Pacific peoples, however this is not reflected in Pacific service utilisation. The overarching aim of this research is to gain insight into what encourages and deters Pacific peoples from accessing mental health services. The results of this study will inform policy makers and health sector planners on how services can be more responsive to Pacific mental health needs. This project has five areas of focus which include; a) the experience of mental disorders, b) use of mental health services, c) treatment goals, d) treatment outcomes and e) barriers to accessing services for mental health issues for Pacific peoples of NZ. Data sources to be analysed will be Te Rau Hinengaro: New Zealand Mental Health Survey and the Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD).