Healthy Pacific Grandparents Study

The Pacific Islands Families: Healthy Pacific Grandparents Study is a community-based research project which is nested within the families of the longitudinal PIF Study. This project is designed to engage with the grandparent generation to identify, and initiate solutions to address, what matters to older Pacific people in relation to social participation and healthy ageing.

The purpose of the research is to determine whether the current social and health system environments meet the needs of Pacific grandparents, to work with them to devise and implement solutions (action plans) to deal with identified issues, and to support them to take up leadership in creating the change they want for their future. Grandparent representatives will partner with the research team to discuss these issues and to present key themes and proposed solutions to the stakeholders and work with stakeholders and families, to design the action plans.

Through the Pacific Islands Families Study, our research team is already engaged with a comprehensive group of national and local end-users and policymakers. We are keen to consult with Pacific health teams working with older Pacific people in South Auckland and to build on these stakeholder relationships over the course of the study.

The study is geographically situated at AUT’s South campus in Manukau, embedding the research in the community. Grandparents and stakeholders will be involved in the ways information is disseminated, and in the design and implementation of strategies that are sustainable for the ageing Pacific population in New Zealand.