Research / Culturally centred health interventions for Māori and Pacific peoples

Pacific diabetes prevention programme

Co-designing a type 2 diabetes prevention programme with Pacific families and communities

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Project Status: Active Funding: $549,776 Timeframe: February 2021 – January 2023


What we are investigating

Take | Issue

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the New Zealand Pacific population is more than double that in the New Zealand European population and is projected to rise steeply over the next 20 years.

The Pacific population has unequal access to resources to support health and wellbeing, and existing health services are not always culturally responsive and acceptable to Pacific communities.

Whāinga | Aim

The aim of this project is to co-design and implement a unique family-centred diabetes prevention programme in a Pacific community, and to develop a methodological approach that could be replicated in other communities.

Huarahi I Whāia | Approach

The project builds on an established research partnership with South Waikato Pacific Island Community Services, which will co- develop a type 2 diabetes prevention programme that is culturally relevant to Pacific families within their community in Tokoroa.

Recognising that Pacific families make up the nucleus of their communities and often determine how communities operate collectively, the prevention programme will take a holistic approach to supporting family members who either have or are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Project Team

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