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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.

This paper introduces Pacific health in the context of New Zealand and across the diverse range of countries within the Pacific.

It will highlight key Pacific health contexts, priorities, services and solutions. These include diversity, migration, socio-economic determinants of health, interactions between cultures and health. This paper will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills to prepare them for roles which serve the needs of diverse Pacific communities in New Zealand and internationally.

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
Teaching Arrangements
26 lecture presentations and 13 tutorials
Paper Structure
The paper covers:
  • Introduction to Pacific peoples and Pacific health
  • Socio-economic determinants of Pacific health
  • Pacific culture and health
  • Pacific people's health and well-being across the lifespan
Assessment is based on:
  • Written assignment 1 (individual): 25%
  • Written assignment 2 (group): 15%
  • Cultural skills, in-class assessment: 10%
  • Final exam 50%
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