Pacific Health

A clinical audit of Dental Health Services in Niue

Supervisor

Associate Professor Vili Nosa
Leroy Tatui

Discipline

Pacific Health

Project code: MHS145

The aim of this project is to undertake a clinical audit of Dental Health Services in Niue.
The key objectives are:
To examine the dental health services in Niue.
To discuss the types of dental admissions for dental care.
To discuss any existing health strategies and programmes specifically designed to cater for the needs of dental awareness in the Niue community.

The student will need to have quantitative data analysis skills.

Skills that will be taught to the student:
• Developing a research proposal.
• Searching data bases and research articles.
• Analysing datasets.
• Report writing.
• Developing a peer reviewed article for publication.

A clinical audit for Non Communicable Diseases at Niue Foou Hospital and Rarotonga Hospital

Supervisor

Associate Professor Vili Nosa

Discipline

Pacific Health

Project code: MHS148

Aim: The aim of this project is a clinical audit for Non Communicable Diseases at Niue Foou Hospital and Rarotonga Hospital.

Objectives:
• Measure the prevalence rates of Non Communicable diseases for Niue and the Cook Islands.
• Identify which ethnic group has the highest Non Communicable rates for Niue and the Cook Island.
• Identify which age group has the highest Non Communicable rates for Niue and the Cook Island.
• Identify which gender group has the highest Non Communicable rates for Niue Island and the Cook Island.
• To discuss any existing health strategies and programmes specifically designed to cater for reducing non-communicable diseases in Niue & the Cook Islands.

Student preference
The student will need to have quantitative data analysis skills.

Skills that will be taught to the student:
• Developing a research proposal.
• Searching data bases and research articles.
• Analysing relevant literature.
• Report writing.
• Developing a peer reviewed article for publication.

The Impact of Pacific music on adults with Dementia

Supervisor

Dr Fuafiva Fa'alau

Discipline

Pacific Health

Project code: MHS207

Aims:
Pacific peoples make up 7% of the NZ population. Those that immigrated to NZ between the 1960s and 1980s are now elderly and at risk of developing dementia. Pacific families are more likely to choose to care for their own elderlies at home. There is very little research evidence about dementia in NZ Pacific communities, but local memory service data suggest that Pacific people are presenting with dementia and with more severe cognitive symptoms.

The aims of this project are to investigate the impact of music as therapies for Pacific family members with dementia. This will be achieved by a review of the literature and an online survey questions through Facebook networks.

Skills taught: Literature searching, developing an online questionnaire, analysing data, writing for publication (student-led if desired).
Key skills required: An interest in Pacific health and mental health

Linking perinatal depression and intimate partner violence and its effect on Pacific young mothers in NZ

Supervisor

Dr Fuafiva Fa'alau

Discipline

Pacific Health

Project code: MHS208

Aims:
Domestic violence against pregnant women has been well recognized by health care professionals and the Pacific communities in New Zealand. Recent statistics show the increased in domestic violence among Maori and Pacific families despite well-published initiatives through culturally appropriate services that deal with family violence issues. The Family Violence Death Review Committee in New Zealand has released a new report analyzing data on family violence deaths from 2009 to 2015. The key findings reported that there were 194 family violence deaths over seven years, with IPV deaths making up almost half of these deaths.

The aim of this project is to conduct a critical review of the literature and government reports examining the link between IPV and perinatal depression and its effects on the psychological well-being of young Pacific mothers.

Skills taught: Literature searching, analysing governments reports, writing the final report, writing for publication (student-led if desired).
Key skills required: An interest in Pacific health and family violence

A data analysis of gout for Pacific people at the South Seas Healthcare Medical Clinic.

Supervisor

Dr Maryann Heather
Associate Professor Vili Nosa

Discipline

Pacific Health

Project code: MHS147

Aim: The aim of this project is to access a clinical audit for datasets for gout for Pacific people at South Seas Healthcare Medical Clinic.

Objectives:
• To identify which gender group, age group and ethnic group has the highest rates for gout.
• To discuss any existing health strategies and programmes specifically designed to cater for the needs of gout for Pacific people.

Student preference
The student will need to have quantitative data analysis skills.

Skills that will be taught to the student:
• Developing a research proposal.
• Searching data bases and research articles.
• Analysing datasets.
• Report writing.
• Developing a peer reviewed article for publication.