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Oka Sanerivi

Thesis title

Oka Sanerivi thumbCulturally responsive Physiotherapy approaches to working with Pacific families

Area of study

Paediatrics
Culturally safe practice
Pacific Health

Supervisors

  • Professor Leigh Hale, Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Professor Faumuina Fa'afetai Sopoaga, Director, Va'a o Tautai: Centre for Pacific Health, University of Otago
  • Dr Byron Seiuli, Clinical Psychologist, Alpha Consultancy Solutions
  • Chris Higgs, Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

Advisors

  • Associate Professor Samantha Holdsworth, Mātai Medical Research Institute, University of Auckland
  • Leigh Potter, Mātai Medical Research Institute, University of Auckland
  • Dr Patrick McHugh, Mātai Medical Research Institute, University of Auckland & Turanga Health
  • Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma ONZM, National University of Samoa

Education background

  • 2022, PhD in Physiotherapy candidate
  • 2020, MPhty candidate
  • 2016, Certificate of Small Business Management, Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • 2010, BPhty, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Presentations

  • 2021 Presentation to Canterbury Branch of PNZ re: Culturally responsive approaches to working with Pacific families
  • 2021 Presentation to Interns at Mātai Medical Research Institue re: Culturally responsive approaches to working with Pacific families
  • 2021 Presentation to Paediatric Special Interest Group of PNZ re: Culturally responsive approaches to working with Pacific families
  • 2021 Presentation to PHTY254 paper re: Pacific Health and Physiotherapy
  • 2021 Presentation to AUT paper re: Fonofale model and application to Physiotherapy
  • 2021 Focused Symposium presentation to World Physiotherapy Congress (online) re: Ethics, Inequity and Climate Change

Awards

  • 2022 Pacific Clinical Research Training Fellowship, Health Research Council
  • 2021 PNZ Paediatric Special Interest Group Professional Development Award
  • 2020 Pacific Health Masters Career Development Award, Health Research Council

Why you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

Having studied here as an undergraduate student I knew of the School's reputation as a leader in the profession both nationally and internationally. I also had good relationships with the staff and so contacted Dr Meredith Perry to discuss my thoughts around pursuing further study. She guided me towards a research pathway and put me in touch with the people who were going to be influential in my research journey. It's wonderful to be back within the School and working alongside the world-class staff as research colleagues.

Best things so far about your study

Meeting so many new people who are working on such wonderfully diverse and exciting research projects.

Contact

Email: oka.sanerivi@postgrad.otago.ac.nz