When searching for Pacific health information you might need to try a combination of keywords. Useful broad terms might include some of the following: Pacific, Pasifika, Pasefika, Oceanic, Oceania, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia. It is often also useful to search specific islands, for example, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga. For a list of islands see the Wikipedia page on Polynesia.
Some of the following databases could be useful -
New Zealand, Pacific, Australasia
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The Haurora Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand has links to several Pacific Health Promotion models and other useful information.
Fonua: A Pasifika Model for Health Promotion by Sione Tu'itahi
The Fono Model by Jo Lawrence-King
Fonofale Model From Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann.
Te Vaka Atafaga: A Tokelau Assessment ... Mental Health Practice / by Kupa Kupa. Pacific Health Dialog 15(1)
Most books on traditional health and medicine and ethnobotany are listed by individual countries though some are listed under Oceania or Polynesia. To find them, do a Subject begins with search on these topics and scroll through the list of countries or regions:
These subject headings are also useful:
Books on Pacific health:
Also search the catalogue using health and the name of a country.
Government departments are a useful source of information and research relating to Pacific and Oceanic health and well being in New Zealand.
Health Promotion Agency (HPA)
The HPA is a Crown institution established under the Health and Disability Amendment Act. It runs a range of programmes to promote the health and wellbeing of the community. Issues they've looked at include mental health, smoking, alcohol use and gambling.
Health Research Council (HRC)
The HRC is an agency of the Government that manages the Government's funding of health research.
Organisations and other sources of information
Pacific Research (University of Auckland)
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse searchable database of resources relating to family violence
Here is a selection of publicly available resources, contact the Library for help finding further resources including scholarly articles.
Organisation and Government Departments
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, search Pacific or individual countries for reports, news and statistics.
Te Kaveinga- Mental health and wellbeing of Pacific People (2018) presents results from the New Zealand Mental Health Monitor and Health and Lifestyles Survey related to the health of Pacific People.
Pacific health resources from the Ministry of Health.
Pacific Peoples and Mental Health (2008) is a paper for the Pacific Health and Disability Action Plan Review.
'Ala Mo'ui: Pathways to Pacific health and wellbeing 2014-2018 (2014) sets out the strategic direction to address health needs of Pacific peoples.
He Ara Oranga: report of the Government enquiry into mental health and addiction (2018), includes Pacifika voices and suggestions on how to support the Pacific community.
The Popao Model: a Pacific recovery and strength concept in mental health (2009), discussion paper from Pacific Health Dialog.