Life-Course Impact of Chronic Health Conditions: A family and whānau perspective




Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


Assoc. Prof. Barry Milne
Dr Lisa Underwood
Dr Ofa Dewes


University of Auckland
Andrew Sporle

University of Otago
Assoc. Prof. Gareth Treharne
Dr Hamish Jamieson
Dr Jesse Kokaua
Dr Nick Bowden
Dr Andrea Teng

University of Waikato
Prof. Tahu Kukutai
Ella Newbold

University of Canterbury
Dr Lukas Marek

Te Pou Tiringa
Will Edwards
Mihi Ratima

Tongan Health Society
Dr Glenn Doherty

Pacific Health Plus
John Fiso

University of Queensland
Prof. Janeen Baxter
Dr Yanshu Huang
Dr Martin O'Flaherty


This COMPASS-led research comprised four projects.

  1. A team led by Associate Professor Barry Milne (COMPASS) investigated the influence of chronic disease on the wider family and whānau at different life stages, with four focus areas: children, households, partners and carers, and elders.
  2. A team led by Dr Ofa Dewes (COMPASS) undertook an in-depth qualitative study of Tokelauan families to assess the family, household and community strengths that allow people in those communities to thrive despite the challenges of living in families with chronic disease.

The other two studies support the development of novel kaupapa Māori research methods that enable the investigation of both life-course and intergenerational impacts and interventions on hauora Māori.

  1. A team at Te Pou Tiringa (Taranaki) led by Dr Mihi Ratima will develop the framework for assessing the power of kaupapa Māori early life and whānau programme, to transform outcomes for whanau Māori throughout the life-course and across generations.
  2. A team at University of Waikato led by Professor Tahu Kukutai will develop a novel whakapapa-centred methodology and framework for conceptualising and doing intergenerational research.