A key focus of the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study is to provide opportunities for students, particularly Pasifika, to develop their research skills and knowledge. Utilising the rich longitudinal data available not only provides vital information about the health and wellbeing of our Pacific families, but also enables students to gain further postgraduate qualifications. Building this Pacific health research capacity is essential for the PIF Study and provides an important contribution to support Pacific academic achievement.
Topic: Health Service Utilisation amongst Pacific men: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study
Topic: A review of 8 waves of PIFS Data (2000-2014): Do Changes to the family as reported in PIFS Data match National Statistics?
Falegau Melanie Silulu
Topic: Is there a need for a Pacific-specific low birth weight threshold?
Topic: Pacific parent's perceptions of overweight and obesity amongst their children
Topic: Pasifika Smoking Cessation Services: Will we meet a "smoke-free NZ" in 2025?
BHSc (Honours) - Psychology:
Topic: Kava: A longitudinal study into kava consumption and the emerging patterns of kava usage with subsequent effects on Pasifika families living in South Auckland
Topic: Health literacy among Pacific mothers; Understanding health and nutrition related knowledge in Pacific mothers residing in New Zealand.
Topic: Kava Survey Questionnaire: An exploratory study into the practices surrounding kava usage and identification of problematic behaviours as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM 5)
Thesis: Factors associated with smoking amongst a cohort of mothers of Pacific infants in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Thesis: Physical activity in New Zealand pre-schoolers: amount, associations, and accounts.
Topic: Home environments, food patterns and growth among Pacific children in Auckland link to
Topic: What children are eating and the risk of future diabetes
El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo
Topic: Development and validation of a method to assess Pacific fathering behaviour & involvement
Topic: Child behaviour problems amongst Pacific children in NZ.
Topic: Pacific perceptions of under-utilisation, late presentation, and longer hospital stay in New Zealand mental health services: The Tuvaluan people's perceptions and experiences of mental health services in New Zealand.
Opportunities exist for postgraduate study in the following programmes:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Master of Health Science (MHSc)
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (PgDipHSc)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (PgDipPH)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (PGCertHSc)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PGCerPH)
View the application process for postgraduate study
Scholarship opportunities are also available for students in these programmes.
For further information contact
Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo
+64 9 9 921 9999 ext 7527