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Reducing health inequalities: Pacific experiences in the DHB system

4 months
Approved budget:
Dr Losa Moata'ane
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Knowledge Translation Grant
Lay summary
The principal purpose of my research was to analyse the Pacific health sector experience during the health reforms that began in the year 2000, which established District Health Boards (DHBs) and required, for the first time, an explicit focus on reducing health inequalities. It is a qualitative piece of research undertaken by an ‘insider’, which aims to capture the stories and experiences, voices and viewpoints of those trying to paddle the popao (canoe) to reduce Pacific health inequalities during this period of intensive reform. This funding will be used to further disseminate my results to the wider Pacific communities, particularly with churches, women's groups, elderly people's groups and youth. These groups are less likely to engage in policy discussions and/or policy development.