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Research from the Pacific Islands Research & Student Support Unit

Our research focuses on four key areas:

  • Recruiting students
  • Students' engagement and transition
  • Improving academic achievement
  • Evaluating support programmes

Please contact us for further information about our research activities.

List of PIRSSU publications

  • Capstick, S., Norris, P., Sopoaga, F., & Tobata, W. (1982). Relationships between health and culture in Polynesia—A review. Social Science & Medicine, 68(7), 1341-1348.
  • Fuatai, F. L. I., Suaalii-Sauni, T., Sopoaga, T., McCool, J., Faafeu-Hope, E., & Hill, P. (2011). Strengthening Health Research Capacity From Within Samoa. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(1), 100-109.
  • Sarfati, D., Cox, B., Jones, R. W., Sopoaga, T., Rimene, C., & Paul, C. (2003). National audit of women with abnormal cervical smears in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 43(2), 152-156.
  • Sopoaga, F., Buckingham, K., & Paul, C. (2010). Causes of excess hospitalizations among Pacific peoples in New Zealand: Implications for primary care. Journal of Primary Health Care, 2(2), 105.
  • Sopoaga, F., de la Barra, S. L., van der Meer, J., Samalia, L., Carr, S., & Delaibatiki, R. (2011). Developing a health workforce from an underserved population in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(5), 494-495.
  • Sopoaga, F., & van der Meer, J. (2011). Building a Pacific health workforce in New Zealand: Initial findings from a transition project in first year health sciences at university. A practice report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(2), 61.
  • Sopoaga, F., Connor, J. L., Dockerty, J. D., Adams, J., & Anderson, L. (2012). Training medical students in Pacific health through an immersion programme in New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1349), 37.
  • Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., Ekeroma, A., Murray, G., & van der Meer, J. (2013). Pacific students undertaking the first year of health sciences at the University of Otago, and factors associated with academic performance. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384), 96-108.