Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


POPLHLTH 313 - Health in Asian Communities

15 Points

Semester 2

Tāmaki 

Description


An overview of Asian health issues including the biological, ecological, cultural, economic, social and psychological factors that determine health for Asian New Zealanders. Current practice, policy development and research priorities for Asian communities are included.

Requisites


Prerequisite: POPLHLTH 210

Course Outline


Asian people currently make up more than 11% of the New Zealand population, and this proportion is expected to increase to 16% by 2026. People classified as ‘Asian’ in New Zealand have diverse origins, age-sex compositions, languages, cultures and migration history, which could affect their health needs. This course is designed to help students understand major health problems and health services issues confronting Asian communities in New Zealand. It will examine inequalities in health between Asian ethnic groups, as well as between migrant and established Asian communities. The course will also examine theories and emerging frameworks that attempt to explain health and illness outcomes of Asian New Zealanders, and discuss possible strategies and policies to improve health outcomes.

Key Course Objectives


By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be expected to:

  • Understand Asian people’s immigration to New Zealand and their settlement patterns and trends
  • Understand key health issues affecting different Asian population sub-groups
  • Understand key barriers currently faced by Asian people in accessing health care
  • Understand the concepts of acculturation, healthy immigrant effect, transnationalism and cultural competency
  • Critically review policies that may shape the health outcomes of Asian people and their incorporation into New Zealand society
  • Identify and discuss areas for future research in Asian health

The student will also be expected to have acquired skills in: 

  • Analysing census data and other information to identify demographic, linguistic and cultural diversity within Asian communities
  • Assessing the usefulness of health needs assessments to identify distinct health needs of different Asian sub-groups
  • Applying main theories underlying the study of the relationship between migration and health to understand current health issues experienced by Asian people in New Zealand

At the conclusion of the course the student should have an appreciation of:

  • The Asian cultural values, beliefs and practices that contribute to Asian people’s health outcomes
  • The strategies and policies to improving Asian health outcomes and reducing inequalities

Course Structure


The course has two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial each week.

Lecture Schedule


The content of the lectures is organised into 6 modules. Each module will consist of 4 lectures. 

Module

Week

Topic 

Module 1:

Course introduction & overview

1

Who is ‘Asian’?

 

Changing profiles of Asians in NZ

2

Health status & health service use

 

Health needs assessment of Asian people   

Module 2:

Migration, challenges and opportunities

3

Acculturation and settlement issues 

 

Healthy immigrant effect

4

Asian cultures and health beliefs   

 

Transnational migration & family resilience 

Module 3:

Strategies & policies to improve health outcomes

5

Asian, Migrant & Refugee Health Action Plan

 

Asian health support services  

6

Plunket Asian Strategy

 

Settlement and family wellbeing

Module 4:

Major health issues

7

Dietary practices & physical activity

8

Problem gambling

 

Mental health and addiction 

Module 5:

Health care needs of selected population groups 

9

Immigrant parents and children

 

Older people

10

Disability and CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) families

 

Refugees  

Module 6:

Challenges & future opportunities

11

Future research priorities

 

Panel discussion: Non-clinical health careers  

12

Revision, synthesis & student feedback

Tutorial Schedule


Week

Topic

1

Reflections on ethnicity & cultural values 

2

Methods 1: Demographic characteristics of Asian ethnic groups  

3

Methods 2: Health needs assessment  

4

Introduction to Course Essay: Doing a literature review

5

Methods 3: Research policies and practices on a health issue

6

Methods 4: Asian healing practices  

7

Racism and health 

8

Dietary acculturation

9

Case discussion: challenges faced by immigrant families

10

Cultural competency issues

11

Reflections on health issues in Asian countries  

12

Revision & preparation for final exam

Course Assessment


  • 4 Methods Tutorials     20%

  • Course essay              30%

  • Final examination        50%

Recommended readings and resources


There are no prescribed publications for this course. However a list of recommended readings is given for each module. 

The internet provides easy access to a range of important databases, information and publications. 

Course Director