Lifecourse impact of chronic health conditions: a family and whānau perspective

29 Jul 2021

The two-year research project, ‘Lifecourse impact of chronic health conditions; a family and whānau perspective’ (the Lifecourse project), will help understand the wider benefits of chronic disease prevention, and determine what makes some New Zealand communities thrive despite living with chronic disease. It will have a particular focus on addressing equitable outcomes for Māori and Pacific people, and will also help lay the groundwork for studies in other communities.

Specifically, the Lifecourse project will:

  • investigate the impact of chronic disease on the wider whānau at different life stages – from childhood and youth through to adulthood, as well as the later years of life
  • undertake an in-depth qualitative study of Tokelauan families to assess the family, household and community strengths that allow people in these communities to thrive despite the challenges of living in families with chronic disease (the NZ Tokelau population has high health needs but has seldom been the focus of research to address their health issues)
  • develop a framework for assessing the power of a kaupapa Māori early life and whānau programme, Te Kura Mai i Tawhitito transform Māori outcomes throughout the different life stages
  • develop a whakapapa-centred framework for undertaking intergenerational wellbeing research with hapū and iwi

The Lifecourse project aligns with the goals of the three health-based National Science Challenges – A Better Start, Healthier Lives, and Ageing Well – with each Challenge contributing $500,000 – with a total project funding of $1.5 million.

This study was funded under the Ageing Well National Science Challenge Strategic Investment Initiatives.