Pacific Research

Australian Sports Outreach Program Evaluation (Tonga)

Tongan women will be encouraged to participate in netball activities through a campaign that will be deployed nationally in the first quarter of 2012. The outcomes of the campaign will be evaluated using a community intercept quantitative survey. The second objective is to investigate social inclusion questions, particularly to explore in more detail any changes to the barriers to participation in physical activity of Tongan women. This will be done using longitudinal qualitative case studies. The qualitative research will also include key informant interviews who can add depth of insight and context to the quantitative data by describing and explaining enablers and barriers to engaging in netball, including key people who have been shown to have a strong influence on female sporting participation (e.g. church leaders, senior female relatives, etc).
HPC Researchers: Grant Schofield, Julia McPhee, Kate White, Deb MacRae
Collaborators: Sustineo Pty Ltd

Epo'n Keramen Program Evaluation (Nauru)

The main aim of the research in Nauru is to investigate whether program beneficiaries have adopted more healthy behaviours as a result of participation in Australian Sports Outreach Program activities. The research will assess the type of changes witnessed and the magnitude of these changes over time. Surveys will be used to determine the proportion of project participants adopting healthy behaviours.
HPC Researchers: Grant Schofield, Julia McPhee, Kate White, Deb MacRae
Collaborators: Sustineo Pty Ltd

Workplace evaluation and health surveys in three Pacific Island Countries (2011): Tuvalu, Tonga, Kiribati

Evaluation procedures are essential for continued health program improvement. We carried out formative evaluations of existing policies and workplace based health programs in Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati. The assistance in health survey conduct was requested and we screened a total of approximately 600 individuals from the three countries.
HPC Researchers: Grant Schofield and Katja Siefken
Collaborators: Ministry of Health Tuvalu, Tonga, Kiribati

Vanuatu (2011) : Wokabaot Jalens

We developed and implemented a novel healthy lifestyle intervention targeting female civil servants. Culturally meaningful social marketing tools were designed. The intervention was conducted in a collaborative approach with the Ministry of Health Vanuatu. This project forms part of a doctoral thesis and was funded through the World Health Organization South Pacific office.
HPC Researchers: Grant Schofield and Katja Siefken
Collaborators: Ministry of Health, Vanuatu

Vanuatu (2010): Community NCD elimination project in Aniwa & Aneythium Assessment and assistance in NCD prevention projects in two outer islands in the rural community in Vanuatu. This includes the assistance in an NCD screening (data collection, monitoring, evaluation) and the assessment of interventions that were implemented since September 2009 (NCD clinic, NCD education and community policies). The final report illustrates the current community health program and progress since 2009 and provides recommendations for further program improvement.
HPC Researchers: Grant Schofield and Katja Siefken
Collaborators: Ministry of Health, Vanuatu

Vanuatu(2009): Walk for Life

The government-based health workplace program Walk for Life was implemented by the Ministry of Health in Vanuatu in 2007 to tackle non communicable diseases (NCDs) in the workplace. We assessed and evaluated the Walk for Life programme in the Vanuatu public service in September 2009. We carried out a stock-take of existing interventions to identify how new interventions can be used to improve the programme. Recommendations for future work with the programme were provided.
HPC Researchers: Grant Schofield and Katja Siefken
Collaborators: Ministry of Health, Vanuatu