Pacific approach to health recognised

Fonua Ola: Pasifika Health paper co-convener Sari Andajani and student Tessa Seu at the AUT South Campus.

Fonua Ola: Pasifika Health paper co-convener Sari Andajani and student Tessa Seu at the AUT South Campus.

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.

Contact co-convenors Litiuingi Ahio (Litiuingi.ahio@aut.ac.nz) and Sari Andajani (Sari.andajani@aut.ac.nz) to find out more about the paper and to discuss eligibility and enrolment for next year.

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