Pacific approach to health recognised
Pacific health will be in the spotlight for students at AUT South this semester.
Health promotion students will have access to a new Pacific health paper, Fonua Ola: Pasifika Health.
It's aimed at anyone working in or interested in careers in health promotion, health practice, research, policy and programme development.
Public health senior lecturer and paper co-convenor Sari Andajani says the subject's particularly important in South Auckland.
"Manukau is home to New Zealand's largest Pacific population.
"Having a deep, ingrained understanding of working with communities of diverse cultural backgrounds is a key factor in successfully influencing the wellbeing of our growing Pacific communities."
The paper will bring in various experts from different fields across the university and industry and will be a permanent fixture.
Topics covered include current strategies to promote positive Pacific health outcomes, social, political and economic influences, environmental issues and Pacific culture and migration history.
Andajani says a variety of students have already opted into the paper across the AUT South campus and on the North Shore.