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This research explores the perceptions of New Zealand Māori women and their whānau (customary Māori extended family) toward barriers to achieving best outcomes in infant feeding: exclusively breastfed infants at 6 months. Interviews are undertaken with 59 Māori women who have given birth in the previous 3 years and 27 whānau members. Although mothers and(More)
Inaccuracies in the identification of Indigenous status and the collection of and access to vital statistics data impede the strategic implementation of evidence-based public health initiatives to reduce avoidable deaths. The impact of colonization and subsequent government initiatives has been commonly observed among the Indigenous peoples of Australia,(More)
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AIMS To determine the prevalence of respiratory symptoms in children and to examine associations with environmental factors in the Bay of Plenty. METHODS International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) questionnaires were distributed to 13-14 year old children and to care-givers of 6-7 year old children as part of the ISAAC study. (More)
This project investigates public attitudes towards sharing confidential personal health information held in electronic health records (EHRs). The project uses computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) to conduct a quantitative national survey of the attitudes of New Zealanders towards access to their personal health information using vignettes.(More)
AIM to demonstrate that appropriate doses of hepatitis B vaccines would be protective for at least five years in children. This would be shown by administering booster doses and measuring the response. METHODS 2 micrograms intramuscular (IM) doses of Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) recombinant DNA vaccine (rDNAV) were given to 318 children who had received(More)
Four hundred and eighty-two unvaccinated children from three different age groups (12-18 months, 30-42 months, 54-115 months) in a hepatitis B virus (HBV) endemic area were tested for markers of HBV infection. HBV seromarkers were detected in 52.3% of children and 26.9% were hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive. Evidence of infection was related to(More)