What is it about?

Mental health service has made huge changes in its approach in care where care was proposed to be integrated and 'person and family centered' driven. Our research discovered huge gaps of the new approach to provide quality care and to address holistic need of Samoan and Pacific consumers.

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Why is it important?

Pacific/Samoan mental health consumers are reported with high prevalence of mental illness and suffered the most with complications of the illness. They are also identified with health disparities, lower socioeconomic and lower life expectancy compared to the general New Zealand population. Our findings helped to highlight cultural worldviews and approaches that are vital to incorporate and acknowledge in 'person and family centered' mental health care for Samoans/Pacific people. As a result, improve quality of care as well as health statistics for these population.


It was a pleasure preparing and writing this article with the support of co-authors. I hope this research will add value to mental health practices around the globe for indigenous and migrant populations.

Taavale Ioana Mulipola
Auckland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Using Fa'afaletui to explore Samoan consumers' experience and interpretation of mental health person‐centred care in Aotearoa, New Zealand, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, November 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/inm.13090.
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