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Manalagi: Aotearoa Pacific Rainbow/Queer/LGBTIQA+ MVPFAFF Health and Wellbeing Project

42 months
Approved budget:
Dr Patrick Thomsen
Ms Phylesha Brown-Acton
Professor Jemaima Tiatia-Siau
Dr Sam Manuela
Dr Lara Greaves
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
The Nuanua: Aotearoa Pacific Rainbow Health and Wellbeing Project aims to create a safe cultural research space for Pacific Rainbow communities to communicate their unique health and wellbeing needs. As both Pacific and Rainbow individuals face stigma as a barrier to their health and wellbeing in New Zealand, the Nuanua project takes the ethos of co-community driven, embedded and owned, to empower Pacific Rainbow communities to help co-design health policy and services through research. The project will document self-reported health information for those who self-identify as part of the Pacific Rainbow community through a three-year period. This consists of extensive community consultation; delivery of a Pacific Rainbow Health Survey aimed at collecting 500-1000 respondents, and a culturally-appropriate collection and documentation of 50-60 Pacific Rainbow individual narratives detailing their experiences with health service delivery through the blending of talanoa, Pacific concepts of space like the va, and relationality with qualitative interviews.