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Dementia conceptualizations: New Zealand media

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Re-framing the dementia tsunami narrative

Dementia is often portrayed in public discourse as a global tsunami, giving the impression that dementia is an unstoppable and unpreventable illness engulfing society.  Correlated with the above portrayal is societal attitudes towards dementia.  A widely publicized poll suggests that … Continue reading

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HIV in the South Pacific: A societal response

The HIV status of the South Pacific region is generally discussed within the context of the wider Asia Pacific region.  Given the larger population size in Asia and the larger number of HIV cases, the South Pacific region is often overshadowed, with … Continue reading

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Public arenas methodology: Engaging with societal health conceptualizations

Within the Pacific context, qualitative methods of data collection such as individual interviews, focus group interviews and talanoa are well utilized.  Another increasingly popular method of data collection is the analysis of media discourse.   Local news media play an essential role in the dissemination of … Continue reading

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Data collection methods in the Pacific context

Research of the people, by the people, for the people of the Pacific The Pacific region has a rich oral heritage, that can be seen in Pasifika narratives, songs and dances.  A specific form of interview, Talanoa Methods has been … Continue reading

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Acknowledging, embracing, practicing Pacific worldviews on a global scale

Research into Pacific people’s health conceptualizations is of benefit to both the local populations as well as contributing to the global efforts to address societal health outcomes.  Within the immediate context, research into Pacific perceptions of health and wellbeing provides … Continue reading

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How to be health literate

Health literacy refers to our ability and motivation to access health resources, interact with it (understand, evaluate, use) and thereby take ownership of health decisions that concern us (WHO, 1998, p. 10).  Our health behavioural decisions are influenced by our … Continue reading

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Storytelling culture in the Pacific

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Strong Pacific focus for postdoctoral researcher

Research focused: Farzana (left) with her mentor Julie Barbour (right). Oceanic linguistics specialist Dr Farzana Gounder has been awarded a 2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences which will allow her to dedicate a year to research focusing … Continue reading

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BOOK LAUNCH CEREMONY AT IPC

On Wednesday 1 February, IPC had great pleasure in celebrating the launch of a book written by one of its lecturers, Dr Farzana Gounder, as an outcome of her Doctor of Philosophy studies at Massey University. The event was attended … Continue reading

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