Improving the respiratory health of Māori and Pacific children in Aotearoa

We have worked alongside Cure Kids and Hapai Te Hauora over the past year on an exciting project “Improving the respiratory health of Māori and Pacific children in Aotearoa”. 

It is the first time Cure Kids has worked with an organisation outside of an academic institution and we were pleased to be able to undertake this research in partnership with Dr Mataroria Lyndon (Māori Research Lead) and the team from Hapai Te Hauora – Maria Ngawati, Nari Faiers and Janell Dymus. 

The aim of the research was to understand the aspirations of Māori and Pacific communities for respiratory health, and to identify opportunities for innovation and potential intervention points, with an emphasis on identifying what research is needed to achieve respiratory health equity for Māori and Pacific communities. 

The research represents voices from our Māori and Pacific whānau from Te Taitokerau (Northland), Tāmaki Makarau (Auckland), Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), and Ōtautahi (Christchurch).   The insights would not have been complete without also hearing from key Māori and Pacific clinical and non-clinical staff who work alongside and/or for our whānau.

We were able to share the findings from the research to Dr Tara Satyanand, the Research Director, New Zealand; and General Manager, Fiji for Cure Kids on Thursday 15 July 2021.

We look forward to presenting the findings back to whānau and sharing insights with those who work closely with our whānau across Aotearoa.  Watch this space!

Picture L-R:  Amio Matenga Ikihele, Dr Tara Satyanand (Research Director, Cure Kids), and Jacinta Fa’alili-Fidow.  Missing is Dr Mataroria Lyndon (Māori Research Lead), Maria Ngawati, Nari Faiers and Janell Dymus (Hapai Te Hauora).