A Guest Editorial Perspective PMA Hails PHD from New Zealand

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.

Research Fatigue Among Tongans in Aotearoa: An Exploratory Study introducing the Fei’umu Research Method for empowering the researched.

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 »

Cancer Incidence In Four Pacific Countries: Tonga, Fiji Islands, Cook Islands and Niue

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).

Young People’s Perceptions and Experiences of Physical Activity in Apia, Samoa

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.

Domestic Violence as a Major cause of Trauma in Western Province, Papua New Guinea

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.