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Pacific meets west in advancing palliative care for Pacific populations

While many New Zealanders are receiving excellent palliative care, according to the recent direction from the Ministry of Health to review the palliative care, the government is not confident that all New Zealanders are receiving the level and quality of palliative care that is needed. The Pacific population in New Zealand have a disproportionately high morbidity and mortality rates from chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses that significantly affect quality of life with high health costs which can be improved and relieved through palliative care. This proposal aims to assess the utilisation of palliative care services among Pacific populations; explore the perspectives, challenges and experiences of Pacific palliative patients, their family and hospice service providers in the Auckland and Wellington area. These findings will contribute to recent work to inform policies and develop evidence based guidelines to improving Palliative health care for Pacific people in New Zealand.


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Foliaki S, Pulu V, Denison H, Weatherall M, Douwes J. Pacific meets west in addressing palliative care for Pacific populations in Aotearoa/New Zealand: a qualitative study. BMC Palliative Care, 2020; 19:100. link icon

March 2016


  • Prof. Mark Weatherall
  • Otago University, NZ


  • Health Research Council of New Zealand