Manalagi project a safe space for Pacific rainbow communities

Pacific rainbow communities experience a raft of health and well-being challenges. Manalagi creates a safe space to communicate health needs.

Patrick Thomsen and Jim Metson
Dr Patrick Thomsen receives an Early Career Research Excellence Award from Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Professor Jim Metson.

Patrick Thomsen's research is centred on tautua or service to marginalised communities. He works at the intersection of queer, Pacific, Asian and global studies. Manalagi is a project to build a safe space to listen to the Pacific rainbow communities and understand their unique needs for their health and well-being. 

Patrick Thomsen's work was acknowledged with an Early Career Research Excellence Award at the University's 2022 Celebrating Research Excellence ceremony. 

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