Pacific Summer Studentship (2016 funding round)

Ms Damaris Dekker
University of Otago
Preventable illness in Pacific children and infants
10 weeks

Lay summary

This project examines the incidence of the leading preventable illnesses in New Zealand for children between 0-4 years by ethnicity. This project will utilise the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service data, published in the report for the Ministry of Health and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

I plan to look at the health services provided in New Zealand and how well these services are tailored to pacific needs, particularly between each pacific ethnic group, and the result on pacific health outcomes for young children. The area of research is within public health but will not be limited to this field. It is an important question of interest as these are preventable conditions which are effecting Pacific children at higher rates than non-pacific. Investigating the possible causes for these results is key to identifying ways to address the inequalities within Pacific child health statistics.

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