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Provides health and social professionals (and other appropriate professionals) with the theoretical and practical knowledge, and skills necessary to understand and manage the health needs of Pacific people living in New Zealand.

Understanding and improving the health of Pacific peoples living in New Zealand is crucial, given their growing population, over-representation in a range of negative health outcomes, and increasing health inequalities. Health professionals have been identified as a key group to help improve outcomes for Pacific peoples. However, in order to achieve this, a thorough understanding of Pacific health principles, priorities and concepts is necessary.

This paper is especially relevant for anyone working in the health or policy sector, where interdisciplinary study and practice are the norm, including but not limited to primary care, pharmacy, physiotherapy, public health, human nutrition and community based care. It introduces the key theoretical components of Pacific health and navigates through the key concepts about culture, diversity, models and frameworks. It focuses on the development of evidence-based interventions and innovative solutions that move beyond theoretical dialogue to practical applications to help achieve better health outcomes for Pacific peoples.

Paper title Pacific Health
Paper code GENA736
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,938.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
Includes residential period/s.
Suitable for health, social and other professionals
Teaching staff

Ben Gray

Paper Structure

GENA 736 is an elective paper for: the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC), and a range of other health sciences qualifications (please enquire with your programme).

Material is presented in self-directed learning modules covering the following topics:

  • Key Pacific health issues at individual, community and population levels
  • Cultural and demographic trends that recognise the diversity of Pacific peoples
  • Health literacy and barriers to accessing equitable healthcare
  • Pacific health frameworks and models of collaborative care
  • Cultural safety, cultural competence and effective communication
  • Evidence-based interventions and innovative solutions for better personal and population health outcomes
Teaching Arrangements

One compulsory residential conference, dates TBC. Other teaching done via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.

All resources available via Blackboard or online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, interdisciplinary teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing the paper students will be able to
  • Articulate the key concepts underpinning issues impacting on Pacific health at individual, community and population levels
  • Describe, evaluate and process information on cultural and demographic trends (recognising the diversity of Pacific peoples), health literacy issues and barriers in accessing equitable healthcare
  • Define, discuss and apply Pacific health frameworks and models of collaborative care
  • Appraise issues relating to cultural safety, cultural competence, and communication and formulate appropriate strategies to address these issues
  • Appraise and apply evidence-based interventions, resources and innovative solutions to help achieve better health outcomes (personal and population health levels)

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system