Understanding Pasifika Health and Wellbeing

Created: June 26, 2024 at 6:35 PM | Updated: June 26, 2024 | By NZ Navigator Trust

Le Va are committed advocates for Pasifika families and communities, focusing on their health, wellbeing, and aspirations. Their discovery project aimed to comprehensively understand the current and future needs within Pasifika health and wellbeing.

Key Insights

The many issues, challenges and opportunities Pasifika people shared through the discovery project are summarised into six key insights:

  • Mental Health Concerns: Pasifika communities highlight mental health as a critical issue.
  • Complex Family Dynamics: Family plays a pivotal yet intricate role in Pasifika wellbeing.
  • Socioeconomic Impact: Income, housing, and privilege significantly affect Pasifika communities.
  • Healthcare Accessibility: Many feel underserved by current health systems.
  • Desire for Diversity: Pasifika communities seek diverse options in healthcare.
  • Challenges of Stigma: Stigma and discrimination impact Pasifika wellbeing.

Future Focus Areas for Improvement

There are many actions that could improve Pasifika health and wellbeing. These eight were the most commonly mentioned:

  1. Addressing Major Concerns: Acknowledging and addresses issues like violence, addiction, and suicide.
  2. Mental Health Education: Promoting mental health awareness in Pasifika families.
  3. Youth Wellbeing: Reducing pressure on Pasifika youth through education.
  4. Healthcare Accessibility: Overcoming barriers such as transport and childcare.
  5. Cultural Competency: Enhancing healthcare professionals' cultural understanding.
  6. Health System Reform: Advocating for systemic changes to benefit Pasifika communities.
  7. Visibility and Representation: Increasing Pasifika presence in healthcare settings.
  8. Combatting Systemic Racism: Addressing and reducing racism within the health system.

Access the Findings

Download: Pasifika Peoples Perceptions of Health and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand