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to be responsive to Pacific peoples’ mental health and wellbeing, including: Mental Health Commission. 2001. Pacific Mental Health Services and Workforce: Moving on the Blueprint . Wellington: Mental Health Commission. Mental Health Commission. 2001. Pacific People Talk about their Experiences with Mental Illness . Wellington: Mental Health Commission. Ministry of Health. 1995. Strategic Directions for the Mental Health Services for Pacific Islands People . Wellington: Ministry of Health. Bathgate, Pulotu-Endemann. 1997. Pacific people in New Zealand. In: Mental Health in New Zealand from a Public Health Perspective . Wellington: Ministry of Health. Mental Health Commission. 2000. Pupu Whakaaro: The development of mental health services for Pacific people in New Zealand. Wellington: Mental Health Commission. There is a dearth of information on the prevalence of mental illness among Pacific peoples. The main document identifies research projects that will soon be able to give some indication of prevalence of mental illness among ethnic specific populations.
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66 Primary Health Organisations: Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care Pacific perspectives on mental health and wellbeing Central to the effectiveness of PHOs in addressing the mental health needs of Pacific peoples is the need for them to fully understand Pacific perspectives on health. The overarching critical success factor is that PHOs recognise that the mental health of Pacific peoples is intrinsically bound to the holistic view of health. The Fonofale model encapsulates this belief by using the framework of a Samoan fale (house) to encapsulate the key elements of Pacific mental health and wellbeing (excerpt from Moving on the Blueprint ). Roof: The roof represents cultural values and beliefs that are the shelter for life. These can include beliefs in traditional methods of healing as well as in Western methods. Culture is dynamic and therefore constantly evolving and adapting. In New Zealand, culture includes the culture of New Zealand-reared Pacific peoples as well as those Pacific peoples born and reared in their island homes. In some Pacific families, the culture of that particular family comprises a traditional Pacific Island cultural orientation where its members live and practise the particular Pacific Island cultural identity of that group. Some families may lean towards a Palagi orientation, where those particular family members practise the palagi values and beliefs. Other families may live their lives in a continuum that stretches from a traditional orientation to an adapted palagi cultural orientation. Foundation: The foundation of the Fonofale represents the family, which is the foundation for all Pacific Island cultures. The family can be a nuclear family as well as an extended family and forms the fundamental basis of Pacific Island social organisation.
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