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Culturally responsive physiotherapy approaches for working with Pacific children

26 months
Approved budget:
Mr Oka Sanerivi
Professor Leigh Hale
Associate Professor Faafetai Sopoaga
Mr Christopher Higgs
Health issue:
Child and youth (healthy) development
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Masters Scholarship
Lay summary
The aim of this research is to explore culturally responsive physiotherapy approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific children. Pacific families and physiotherapists will be interviewed using a Pacific quantitative research methodology (Talanoa) to explore their cultural knowledge with respect to health. This will be done with the view of evaluating the data to construct a model of care and/or clinical practice guidelines for physiotherapists working with children in Aotearoa New Zealand. These are to be disseminated to Physiotherapy New Zealand, the physiotherapy schools in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.