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Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease among Pacific people in New Zealand

39 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Julie Winter-Smith
Dr Corina Grey
Dr Vanessa Selak
Associate Professor Matire Harwood
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
Major disparities exist between Pacific and other populations in NZ and cardiovascular disease (CVD) (including as a result of diabetes) continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and health burden for Pacific people in NZ. Most health data and research homogenise Pacific people, ignoring the complex diversity and distinct ethnicities, countries and cultures that different Pacific groups embrace. This is further compounded by place of birth. This research will analyse national health and immigration datasets to inform the development of Pacific-specific strategies for the assessment and management of CVD risk for Pacific people in NZ.