Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Study talking to disabled Pasifika youth

28 January 2014

The first New Zealand study to understand the experiences of disabled Pasifika children, youth and their families is underway in Auckland.

Pacific youth with a disability and their families are invited to contact the researchers and take part in focus groups to share their issues, concerns and challenges.

The Talanga Project is carried out by the Pacific Health and Health Systems departments at the University of Auckland for the Ministry of Health.

Pasifika people make up 6.9 per cent of the New Zealand population and are the most youthful of all ethnic groups in this country.

The number of Pasifika children is growing rapidly and it’s estimated that one in five children in New Zealand will be of Pasifika ethnicity by 2051.

“Despite this predicted increase, there is little knowledge, information or research available on Pasifika children and youth,” says study leader and head of Pacific Health at the University of Auckland, Professor Teuila Percival.

“This study is a response to the need for further research in the area of Pasifika disabled children and youth that was recommended in past research findings and a key action in the Faiva Ora Pasifika Disability Plan,” she says.

The Talanga Project will identify the demographics of the Pasifika disabled population that is accessing Ministry funded disability support services with the focus on children and youth.

As well as identifying the issues, concerns and challenges of this group and their families, the study will also assess the impact they have on Ministry funded disability support services – now and in the future.

The project will also inform future planning and development of the Ministry’s Disability Support Services for Pasifika peoples, and guide Ministry and sector decisions on resource allocations for this group in the future.

Disability information sources to support efficient collection and reporting of accurate data on Pasifika disabled peoples in New Zealand will also be identified by the study.

For more information on the study, or to take part in a focus group, Pacific youth can contact Dr Teuila Percival at the University of Auckland by phone to 0800TALANGA or 0800 825264, or by text to 027 TALANGA or 0278252642, or by email to 0800talanga@gmail.com

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Architecture:
Ian Athfield Dies In Wellington

New Zealand Institute of Architects: It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's finest architects, has passed away in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington Production: New-Look Tracy Brothers Are F.A.B.

ITV and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures today released an exclusive preview of the new-look Tracy brothers from this year’s hotly anticipated new series, Thunderbirds Are Go. More>>

ALSO:

Cardinal Numbers:
Pope Francis Names Archbishop From NZ Among New Cardinals

Announcing a list of bishops to be made Cardinals in February Pope Francis named Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, overnight from Rome. On hearing the news of the announcement, Archbishop John Dew said "This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family." More>>

ALSO:

Nomenclature: Charlotte And Oliver Top Baby Names For 2014

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys in 2014... The top 100 girls’ and boys’ names make up a small proportion of the more than 12,000 unique first names registered for children born this year, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriage. More>>

Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news