2023 TUTOR PHC training and the conference


Best poster award to Taria Tane

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    2023 Manawataki Fatu Fatu for ACCESS (Māori and Pacific hearts in unison for Achieving Cardiovascular Care in Equity StudieS). Protocol for a mixed methods programme of research

    Journal Article

    International Journal of Qualitative Methods IJQM-23-0088.R1

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    • Authors B. Dicker | C. Grey | Dr Tua Taueetia-Su’a | J. Paynter | J. Winter-Smith | K. Brewer | M. Harwood | R. Newport | S. Amertunga | S. Hanchard | T.Tane | V. Selak
    • Tags Equity | Māori health | Pacific health

      2022 Pacific Health Research Symposium 2022


      Pacific Health Research Symposium 2022

      Our events – The University of Auckland

      Date: Wednesday 30 November
      Time: 8am – 4.40pm
      Venue: Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga | South Auckland Campus,  6 Osterley Way, Manukau City Centre, Auckland 2104

      Tania Mullane & Dr Matire Harwood

      Understanding the workforce for diabetes management with Māori and Pacific Peoples: Using tangata hourua as the framework method for analysis of qualitative research

      Dr Corina Grey

      Manawataki Fatu Fatu for ACCESS: a Māori and Pacific-led research programme focused on heart health equity

      Jess Lagaluga Hutchings

      Achieving equitable health outcomes for Pacific people living with heart disease in Aotearoa: Exploring the role of pharmacist led health services tailored to specific ethnic groups

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      • Authors C. Grey | J. Hutchings | M. Harwood
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        2022 Identification of clinically relevant cohorts of people with heart failure from electronic health data in Aotearoa: potential, pitfalls and a plan

        Journal Article

        Authors: Vanessa Selak (Corresponding Author), Katrina Poppe (Co-author), Daniel Chan (Co-author), Corina Grey (Co-author), Matire Harwood (Co-author), Shanthi Ameratunga (Co-author), Sandra Hanchard (Co-author), Susan Wells (Co-author), Andrew J Kerr (Co-author), Mayanna Lund (Co-author), Robert Doughty (Co-author)

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        • Publisher New Zealand Medical Journal

          2022 Counties Manukau Research Week


          Manawataki Fatu Fatu for CMH Research Week

          Dr Karen Brewer


          Research title: Manawataki: Fatu Fatu for ACCESS (Māori and Pacific hearts in unison for Achieving Cardiovascular Care in Equity StudieS)

          Karen is a speech-language therapist and kaupapa Māori researcher. She is leading the qualitative aspects of the Manawataki Fatu Fatu research programme. Karen’s main interest is in stroke and aphasia but she is quickly learning about the heart so she can keep up in team discussions and understand what the research participants are talking about.

          Name: Julie Winter-Smith

          Iwi or ethnic group: Tongan (`Alaki Fonua/Pelehake, Tongatapu)

          Role title: PhD candidate

          Short biography for introduction:  Julie Winter-Smith is a doctoral candidate based in the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. She is part of the Manawataki Fatu Fatu for Achieving Cardiovascular Care for Equity StudieS (ACCESS) research programme, which is focused on achieving equity in cardiovascular disease for Māori and Pacific people. Her doctoral research is using Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure to investigate patterns of cardiovascular disease and its management among different Pacific ethnic groups, including how this differs for Pacific peoples born outside of New Zealand. Julie’s research is generously funded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

          Dr Sandra Hanchard

          Research Fellow

          Research Title: Equity-focused discharge planning for heart failure

          Sandra is a Pacific researcher of Tongan heritage who is researching what equity looks like for heart health services. Her current focus is discharge planning for heart failure from secondary care to long-term management in the community. She is passionate about redesigning health systems that empower Māori and Pacific patients with long-term conditions to live well and to be partners in their own care. Sandra has a research background in information and communication systems and has recently returned to Aotearoa after a decade living in South-East Asia.

          Pablo A. Callejas

          Clinical Support Officer with the Clinical Audit and Research Team, Hato Hone (St John)

          Iwi or ethnic group: Latin American

          Research Title: Ethnicity findings from the 2020/21 Out-of-Hospital ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Registry

          Pablo has over 10 years’ experience working as a Paramedic. Pablo started with the New York City EMS and has held a variety of Clinical positions. Currently, Pablo holds a Clinical Support position within Hato Hone (St John) as one of the team leading the focused audit portfolio. In his role as a focused auditor, he has authored the inaugural annual STEMI report.

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          • Authors J. Winter-Smith | K. Brewer | P. Callejas | S. Hanchard
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            2022 U21 Health Sciences


            U21 Health Sciences Group

            Award to Manawataki Fatu Fatu, PhD candidate, Jess Hutchings

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              2022 Understanding the barriers and facilitators that influence access to quality cardiovascular care for rural indigenous peoples: a scoping review


              National Rural Healthcare Conference: Home | NRHC 2022 (

              Presentation by Taria Tane

              Background: Māori are disproportionately represented in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevalence, morbidity, and mortality rates, and are less likely to receive evidence-based CVD healthcare. Rural Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand experience additional barriers to treatment access, poorer health outcomes, and a greater burden of CVD risk factors, compared to Non-Māori and Māori living in urban areas. Despite these inequities in access and outcomes, little is known about the barriers and facilitators that may influence rural Māori accessing quality CVD healthcare. Importantly, inequities in CVD outcomes and access to quality CVD healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand are similar to those experienced by Indigenous Peoples, in other nations impacted by colonisation. 

              Aims/ objectives: To explore the barriers and facilitators in accessing quality CVD healthcare for rural Māori and international Indigenous Peoples in nations impacted by colonisation.  

              Methods: A scoping review will be performed in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews Checklist. A thematic analysis approach, underpinned by Kaupapa Māori Research principles, will be used to describe the literature. In addition, literature will be appraised according to the Consolidated Criteria for Strengthening Reporting of Health Research Involving Indigenous Peoples (CONSIDER) statement. 

              Findings and implications: We will describe the extent of research available and gaps in research, key barriers and facilitators, and recommendations for future research to benefit of healthcare access for rural Māori and other rural Indigenous Peoples.  

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              • Authors T.Tane | taria
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                2022 Paramedicine Research Day


                Paramedicine Research Day 2022 Registration, Thu 20/10/2022 at 9:00 am | Eventbrite

                Hear from our Paramedicine Academic Staff, Postgraduate and Undergraduate students, who will present the latest research from their research projects. 

                Manawataki Fatu Fatu will be represented by Rochelle Newport, Sarah Penney and Aroha Ormsby-Brett

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                • Authors A. Ormsby-Brett | R. Newport | S. Penney
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                  2022 Pasifika Medical Association Conference


                  Pasifika Medical Association Conference

                  4 – 6 September, 2022

                  Te Papa Museum, Wellington

                  Conference programme: PMA Conference 2022 – Programme Booklet ONLINE.pdf (

                  Julie Winter-Smith

                  Who Are Pacific People In Aotearoa New Zealand? Findings From A Pacific-Led Analysis Of National Health And Non-Health Datasets In The Idi

                   Julie Winter-Smith

                  Is It Appropriate To Homogenise Pacific People When Considering Their Need For Cvd Health

                  Services? A Systematic Review Of The Epidemiology and Management Of CVD Among Pacific People

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                  • Authors J. Winter-Smith
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                    2022 Indigenous Health Council Symposium


                    Dr Karen Brewer presentation at Indigenous Health Symposium – CSANZ 2022 (

                    Title of talk: Examples of good practice: Population Health / clinical perspective


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                    • Authors K. Brewer
                    • Tags Equity | Heart health services

                      2022 What are the gaps in cardiovascular risk assessment and management in primary care for Māori and Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand: protocol for a systematic review.

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                      What are the gaps in cardiovascular risk assessment and management in primary care for Māori and Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand? Protocol for a systematic review | BMJ Open


                      Introduction In New Zealand, significant inequities exist between Māori and Pacific peoples compared with non-Māori, non-Pacific peoples in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, hospitalisations and management rates. This review will quantify and qualify already-reported gaps in CVD risk assessment and management in primary care for Māori and Pacific peoples compared with non-Māori/non-Pacific peoples in New Zealand.

                      Methods and analysis We will conduct a systematic search of the following electronic databases and websites from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2021: MEDLINE (OVID), EMBASE, Scopus, CINAHL Plus,, National Library Catalogue (Te Puna), Index New Zealand (INNZ), Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre. In addition, we will search relevant websites such as the Ministry of Health and research organisations. Data sources will include published peer reviewed articles, reports and theses employing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.

                      Two reviewers will independently screen the titles and abstracts of the citations and grade each as eligible, not eligible or might be eligible. Two reviewers will read each full report, with one medically qualified reviewer reading all reports and two other reviewers reading half each. The final list of included citations will be compiled from the results of the full report reading and agreed on by three reviewers. Data abstracted will include authors, title, year, study characteristics and participant characteristics. Data analysis and interpretation will involve critical inquiry and a strength-based approach that is inclusive of Māori and Pacific values. This means that critical appraisal includes an assessment of quality from an Indigenous perspective.

                      Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval is not required. The findings will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and shared with stakeholders. This review contributes to a larger project which creates a Quality-Improvement Equity Roadmap to reduce barriers to Māori and Pacific peoples accessing evidence-based CVD care.


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                      • Authors C. Grey | J. Paynter | J. Winter-Smith | K. Brewer | M. Harwood | S. Amertunga | S. Hanchard | V. Selak
                      • Tags CVD risk assessment | Māori health | Pacific health
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                      • Publisher BMJ Open
                      • Edition 12(6), p.e060145

                        2022 The epidemiology of cardiovascular disease among Pacific people in New Zealand


                        Julie Winter-Smith, a Tongan PhD candidate in Manawataki Fatu Fatu, will be presenting her research at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland Doctoral Showcase on Wednesday 22 June, 2-4:30pm.

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                          2022 The impact of ethnicity on stroke care access and patient outcomes: a New Zealand nationwide observational study

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                          Thompson, S.G., Barber, P.A., Gommans, J.H., Cadilhac, D.A., Davis, A., Fink, J.N., Harwood, M., Levack, W., McNaughton, H., Feigin, V.L. and Abernethy, V., 2022. The impact of ethnicity on stroke care access and patient outcomes: a New Zealand nationwide observational study. The Lancet Regional Health-Western Pacific20, p.100358.



                          Ethnic inequities in stroke care access have been reported internationally but the impact on outcomes remains unclear. In New Zealand, data on ethnic stroke inequities and resultant effects on outcomes are generally limited and conflicting.


                          In a prospective, nationwide, multi-centre observational study, we recruited consecutive adult patients with confirmed stroke from 28 hospitals between 1 May and 31 October 2018. Patient outcomes: favourable functional outcomes (modified Rankin Scale 0-2); quality of life (EQ-5D-3L); stroke/vascular events; and death at three, six and 12 months. Process measures: access to reperfusion therapies, stroke-units, investigations, secondary prevention, rehabilitation. Multivariate regression analyses assessed associations between ethnicity and outcomes and process measures.


                          The cohort comprised 2,379 patients (median age 78 (IQR 66-85); 51·2% male; 76·7% European, 11·5% Māori, 4·8% Pacific peoples, 4·8% Asian). Non-Europeans were younger, had more risk factors, had reduced access to acute stroke units (aOR=0·78, 95%CI, 0·60-0·97), and were less likely to receive a swallow screen within 24 hours of arrival (aOR=0·72, 0·53-0·99) or MRI imaging (OR=0·66, 0·52-0·85). Māori were less frequently prescribed anticoagulants (OR=0·68, 0·47-0·98). Pacific peoples received greater risk factor counselling. Fewer non-Europeans had a favourable mRS score at three (aOR=0·67, 0·47-0·96), six (aOR=0·63, 0·40-0·98) and 12 months (aOR=0·56, 0·36-0·88), and more Māori had died by 12 months (aOR=1·76, 1·07-2·89).


                          Non-Europeans, especially Māori, had poorer access to key stroke interventions and experience poorer outcomes. Further optimisation of stroke care targeting high-priority populations are needed to achieve equity.


                          New Zealand Health Research Council (HRC17/037).






                          Health services research


                          Outcome resarch




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                          • Authors M. Harwood
                          • Tags ethnicity | stroke
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                          • Publisher The Lancet Regional Health Western Pacific

                            2021 Bula Sautu – A window on quality 2021: Pacific health in the year of COVID-19

                            Technical Report

                            ‘Bula Sautu’ is a Fijian saying expressing an aspirational goal for ‘good health that is lived to its full potential; a life of abundance’.

                            However, Pacific peoples living in Aotearoa New Zealand are suffering from some of the worst inequities in health in the country. Many are even worse than those of our wider Pacific whānau who are tangata whenua.

                            Pacific peoples live six fewer years of life than non-Māori, non-Pacific, and the gap is widening.

                            See the full report here: Bula Sautu – A window on quality 2021: Pacific health in the year of COVID-19 | He mata kounga 2021: Hauora Pasifika i te tau COVID-19 (

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                            • Authors A. Talemaitoa | C. Grey | D. Ryan
                            • Tags Pacific health
                            • Publisher Health Quality & Safety Commission. 2021 Wellington. 2021

                              2022 Contrasting trends in heart failure incidence in younger and older New Zealanders, 2006–2018

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                              Objective Studies indicate that age-standardised heart failure (HF) incidence has been decreasing internationally; however, contrasting trends in different age groups have been reported, with rates increasing in younger people and decreasing in the elderly. We aimed to describe age-specific trends in HF incidence in New Zealand (NZ).

                              Methods In this nationwide data linkage study, we used routinely collected hospitalisation data to identify incident HF hospitalisations in NZ residents aged ≥20 years between 2006 and 2018. Age-specific and age-standardised incidence rates were calculated for each calendar year. Joinpoint regression was used to compare incidence trends.

                              Results 116 113 incident HF hospitalisations were identified over the 13-year study period. Between 2006 and 2013, age-standardised incidence decreased from 403 to 323 per 100 000 (annual percentage change (APC) −2.6%, 95% CI −3.6 to −1.6%). This reduction then plateaued between 2013 and 2018 (APC 0.8%, 95% CI −0.8 to 2.5%). Between 2006 and 2018, rates in individuals aged 20–49 years old increased by 1.5% per year (95% CI 0.3 to 2.7%) and decreased in those aged ≥80 years old by 1.2% per year (95% CI −1.7 to −0.7%). Rates in individuals aged 50–79 years old initially declined from 2006 to 2013, and then remained stable or increased from 2013 to 2018. The proportion of HF hospitalisations associated with ischaemic heart disease decreased from 35.1% in 2006 to 28.0% in 2018.

                              Conclusion HF remains an important problem in NZ. The decline in overall incidence has plateaued since 2013 due to increasing rates of HF in younger age groups despite an ongoing decline in the elderly.

                              Paper: Contrasting trends in heart failure incidence in younger and older New Zealanders, 2006–2018 | Heart (

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                              • Authors A. Kerr | C. Grey | D. Chan | K. Poppe | M. Ai Wei Lee | M. Lund | R. Doughty | V. Selak
                              • Tags heart failure
                              • Publisher BMJ Heart
                              • Edition Volume 108, Issue 4

                                2021 Dr Tua Taueetia-Su’a


                                Dr Tua Taueetia-Su’a givens an interview for Samoa Capital Radio on 21 December 2021. The interview (in the Samoan language) can be viewed here (at 3:12:00 to 3.55.10) Facebook Live | Facebook

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                                • Authors Dr Tua Taueetia-Su’a
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                                  2021 Prevalence and Predictors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Cohort of 2200 Injured New Zealanders

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                                  • Authors S. Amertunga
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                                    2021 Kōkiri Te Oranga


                                    In association with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, Auckland District Health Board, Hāpai Te Hauora, Procare we present ‘Kōkiri Te Oranga’ a series of live streams, kōrero from Māori Health Experts about Māori issues around health and wellbeing.
                                    E te whānau we are fortunate to have Dr Jin Russell who is a Development Pediatrician of 12-13years experience who works in starship. Accompanied by Dr Matire Harwood a General Practitioner and researcher into healthy outcomes for Māori and communities.
                                    Te Wā:
                                    Stream Live 6:00-6:30pm
                                    Wednesday 8 December 2021
                                    Ko Wai: Dr Jin Russell & Dr Matire Harwood
                                    Ngā Take Kōrero:
                                    1. Vaccination of 5yr-11yr in 2022.
                                    2. Traffic Light System and how we should treat it
                                    3. Isolation packs and planning for Covid while isolating at home.
                                    Mā wai tēnei pāpahotanga? Who is this broadcast for?
                                    For everyone but through a māori lens for Kura Kaupapa, Kura ā-Iwi, Kōhanga reo, Rūmaki, Reo-Rua, and hapori Māori of Tāmaki Makaurau.
                                    Its purpose to ensure our hapori Māori are kept up to date with kōrero around Covid vaccination, the next steps, and living in a covid world. It changes all the time so staying ahead of the wave can only better prepare you and give info as to where to get support.
                                    To further promote Māori solutions for Māori people and reaching out to those seeking kōrero from our own mātanga/tākuta.
                                    Recording here: Facebook
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                                    • Authors M. Harwood | matire
                                    • Tags Māori health

                                      2021 Māori and Pacific peoples’ experiences of a Māori-led diabetes programme

                                      Journal Article

                                      AIM: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) disproportionately affects Māori and Pacific peoples in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Despite this, the lived experiences of T2DM and its management by Māori and Pacific peoples are scarcely acknowledged in health literature. The present study examines the lived experiences of T2DM by Māori and Pacific participants in the Mana Tū diabetes programme. Mana Tū is a Māori-led diabetes support programme co-designed by the National Hauora Coalition (NHC) alongside patients with diabetes, clinicians, health service planners and whānau ora providers.

                                      METHOD: The study used qualitative methods underpinned by Kaupapa Māori (Māori approaches) approaches. Twenty-two semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants of the Mana Tū diabetes programme and their whānau (thirteen Māori, 9 Pacific) from Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Te Tai Tokerau (Northland).

                                      RESULTS: The study identified barriers, facilitators and motivators for participants to live well with T2DM. Four key themes were constituted: (1) whānau experience of T2DM, (2) cultural safety in healthcare interactions, (3) whānau ora (collective family wellbeing) and (4) Kaupapa Māori approaches to health interventions. Themes were consistent across Māori and Pacific participants.

                                      CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that Māori-led health interventions can better support Māori and Pacific people living with T2DM and are needed to ensure these communities receive appropriate, responsive and equitable healthcare.

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                                      • Authors A.Peihopa | D.Nicholls | J.Murray | K.Hawkins | M. Harwood | N.Rice | T.Tane | V. Selak | V.Lata
                                      • Tags Diabetes | Māori health | Pacific health
                                      • Publisher The New Zealand Medical Journal (Online)
                                      • Edition 134(1543), pp.79-6.