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Pacific Mens' Health and Well Being: The case of Niue and the Cook Islands

62 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Vili Nosa
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
There are many Pacific people in New Zealand, contributing to our communities, lifestyles and economy. But Pacific people often suffer inequalities in health and wellbeing and we don't always know why. Pacific men in particular have poorer health and higher rates of mortality and disability than non-Pacific people, and compared to Pacific women. This is apparent in New Zealand and in Pacific Islands countries. Using Niue and the Cook Islands as case studies, this research will explore practical ways to improve Pacific men's health and wellbeing. Using interviews and health statistics, the study will identify the health issues and service access problems that Niuean and Cook Islands men face in New Zealand and their home countries. This will help develop policies and programmes to improve health and wellbeing for Pacific men in New Zealand and the Pacific, making our communities stronger and healthier and making good use of resources.