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PACH301 Pacific Health: Advanced Applied Knowledge

Advanced integration of key determinants for Pacific Peoples' health. Understand Pacific health service provision and approaches to improve Pacific Health, with consideration for historical content, modern society and Pacific culture.

This paper builds on PACH 201 to explore, in greater depth, relationships between historic and contemporary international migration, settlement and Pacific health. Students will explore and critique New Zealand and international immigration and health policy across key issues such as mental health, disability and access to medicines.

This paper will build on foundational cultural competency training for Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga (provided in PACH 201) and extend this to include Fiji, Niue and Tokelauan communities.

This paper also provides opportunity to discuss the practical application of knowledge and skills for effective engagement with Pacific peoples, families and communities. Guest lecturers will provide their perspective on strengths and challenges working in diverse Pacific contexts, including international aid organisations, health promotion, health navigation and research.

Paper title Pacific Health: Advanced Applied Knowledge
Paper code PACH301
Subject Pacific and Global Health
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PACH 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Dr Rosalina Richards
Talai Mapusua and a range of expert guest lecturers.

Paper Structure

The paper covers:

  • Pacific Historical Context and Modern Society
  • Health and Health Service Provision
  • Pacific Culture and Health
  • Diverse Approaches for Improved Outcomes

Assessment is based on:

  • Oral presentation, in-class assessment: 10%
  • Written assignment (individual): 20%
  • Group report/presentation: 20%
  • Final exam: 50%
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via 26 lecture presentations and 12 tutorials.


Textbooks are not required for this paper; a course book is provided, and key reading are placed on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of health and government policies that impact on Pacific peoples' health, both in New Zealand and the Pacific region
  • Demonstrate an understanding of programmes and health services provision that contribute to reducing health inequities of Pacific peoples in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms that create and maintain inequalities in health outcomes of Pacific peoples and determine appropriate actions to reduce them
  • Demonstrate understanding of the application and relevance of Pacific models of health, belief systems, traditions and research to improve the health and well-being of Pacific patients, families and their communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Pacific community as being diverse and of how to navigate engagement with people and their communities in appropriate culturally responsive spaces
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse approaches for improving Pacific outcomes in the local, national and regional context

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22