Presented by: Ofa Dewes, Lisa Williams
Governments have called for programmes and policies that shift palliative care into the community. As a result, family caregiver responsibilities have increased. Already it has been estimated that family caregivers provide 75-90% of home-based care for people near the end of life. With the added responsibility comes considerable burden. Caregivers may be unwell themselves as well as financially compromised. Pacific caregivers in New Zealand (eg. Tongans, Samoans, Fijians, Rotumans, Nuieans, Tokelauans and Cook Islanders) are among those at particular risk due to the additional socio-economic pressures they confront. However, little is known about how best to ameliorate the challenges they face. The goal of our research, therefore, was to explore Pacific kaiga caregiver priorities for support when providing care. Furthermore, our intention was to translate that knowledge into a resource that would be of value to the Pacific community.
This presentation will describe the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project we undertook with members of the Pacific community to achieve our research goals. We will explain the application of the CPAR method, discuss the results of the study and screen the music video created as a resource for the Pacific community to promote awareness about kaiga carer needs.
*kaiga means family in Tongan.