Medical student with Papa New Guinean heritage beginning research on what is known about autism among Pacific Peoples

Portrait photo of Josh Smith.

Fourth Year medical student Joshua Smith says he is honoured to be part of the first stage of this research to identify what is known about services and supports for Autistic Pacific People’ and their understanding and perspectives of autism.   His 10-week project involved reviewing existing literature. He hopes the project he began will one […]

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Researcher studying disease identified by World Health Organization as an ’emerging threat’ to children

Portait photo of Taliah Su'a

Samoan medical student Taliah Su’a understands the harsh reality of a diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Her aunt contracted the highly infectious disease and required intensive, ongoing drug treatment and surgery to replace the damaged valves of her heart. Su’a is also keen to play her part in addressing inequities in health care so jumped at […]

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Diabetes disparity – Improving type 1 diabetes control in Pasifika children

Growing up in a village near the Fijian city of Lautoka, Dr Isaiah Immanuel witnessed first-hand the poorer outcomes for people living with chronic disease caused by delays in care and treatment. Now, the medical graduate and father-of-five is shining a light on the inequities of care that Pasifika youth in Aotearoa New Zealand are […]

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