About the study

Active involvement and participation in a variety of contexts are known to be beneficial for health and wellbeing. The Pacific Islands Families: Healthy Pacific Grandparents (PIF:HPG) Study will use participatory action research methods to investigate matters that are considered important by older Pacific people for their wellbeing, and which have the potential to contribute to their participation in social and health system settings.

Seventy-two grandparents, recruited from the existing longitudinal Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study, and representing the largest Pacific ethnic groups in NZ, will act as research partners by sharing their knowledge and expertise to define for themselves their needs and expectations as they age in NZ.

A transformative process, utilising Talanoa and Talanga approaches, will form the basis of the study methodology. Involvement of participants as co-researchers builds the capacity of older Pacific people to take leadership in creating the change they need and desire. Participant-proposed solutions and action plans developed in conjunction with stakeholders and end-users will be implemented with the aim of enhancing the wellbeing of older Pacific people.