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Understanding traumatic brain injury in the Pasifika population of New Zealand

4 months
Approved budget:
Mr Wesley Lagolago
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
In New Zealand, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of disability and death in young adults. Pasifika people have been shown to have an increased rate of TBI, yet little is known about the specific causes of injury or healthcare-seeking behaviour following injury. Furthermore, more research is required to understand if current support and resources are adequate to meet the needs of Pasifika people. Therefore, this project aims to look at cases of TBI sustained in the Pasifika population within a TBI incidence sample recruited over a one-year period, and report on how injuries were sustained, identify those at greatest risk of injury, and any ethnic differences observed with healthcare access. This studentship will offer me a valuable opportunity to develop my skills and understanding of research processes, while conducting research that will contribute to improving the health of Pasifika.