It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), to introduce this edition of the Pacific Health Dialog (PHD) on non-communicable and communicable disease.
There has been a number of references in the literature to over-research and research fatigue1-3, but rarely have the concepts been empirically investigated, and never for Pasifikans. There have been claims that researchers have built careers out of the ‘natural experiment situations of the Pacific 4-6 with minimal benefits to the researched, e.g. the Tongans... Read more »
We have established and/or upgraded cancer registries in four Pacific countries, a region where few cancer registries exist. We report age-standardised cancer incidence in Tonga (2000-2005), Fiji (2002-2005), Cook Islands (2000-2005) and Niue (2000-2005), and in Pacific people in New Zealand (2000- 2005).
Physical inactivity is one of the main risk factors contributing to the prevalence of lifestyle diseases in Samoa. Lifestyle diseases are now the major causes of death in this Pacific island.
Background Domestic violence is endemic in PNG accounting for 90% of female trauma. It is a significant cause of morbity in the country and a drain on already scarce healthcare resources. Few studies have assessed the scale of the problem in rural areas.