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PACH201 Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region

Introduction to Pacific Peoples' health. Explores socio-economic determinants of Pacific Health, culture, and well-being and the context and journey of Pacific peoples in NZ, including major determinants of health.

Diversities in Pacific communities, globalisation, economic pressures and changing societies and environments mean health workers need to be better prepared to serve the needs of these diverse communities in New Zealand and the region. This paper teaches Pacific health in the context of New Zealand and the Pacific region. It enables students to understand the key socio-economic determinants, main causes of mortality and morbidity, the relevance of culture to the well-being of Pacific peoples and factors that maintain inequities in health, including the development of skills and expertise to be a change agents. Students are empowered by understanding the roles they can play in contributing to improving the overall health and well-being of Pacific peoples in NZ and the Pacific region.

Paper title Pacific Health: New Zealand and the Pacific Region
Paper code PACH201
Subject Pacific and Global Health
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,200.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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108 Points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Paper Structure
The paper covers four main sections:
  1. Introduction to Pacific Peoples and Pacific Health
  2. Socio-economic Determinants of Health
  3. Pacific Culture and Health
  4. Pacific Health Priorities
Teaching Arrangements
26 lecture presentations and 13 tutorials
Textbooks are not required for this paper; a course book is provided, and key reading are placed on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Cultural understanding, global perspective, critical thinking, ethics, scholarship, research, information literacy, lifelong learning, communication, teamwork, self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical context of Pacific peoples, migration journeys and the current context for Pacific people in New Zealand.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between New Zealand and Pacific nations and its influence on the health and well-being of Pacific peoples.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the health status of Pacific peoples, determinants of health and factors that contribute to current health inequities of Pacific peoples in New Zealand.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the Fonofale Model of Health and its relevance in supporting the health and well-being of Pacific patients, families and their communities.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of different Pacific belief systems and heterogeneity amongst different Pacific ethnic groups.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of culture and how to navigate culturally safe spaces related to three specific ethnics groups: Samoa, Tongan, Cook Islands.
  7. Engage in learning opportunities that intervene to promote understanding of Pacific health and well-being of Pacific peoples in New Zealand and/or the Pacific region.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
B1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41