Journal article

Pasifika Study Group: a child and adolescent mental health capacity building and leadership workshop with Pacific nations doctors and psychiatrists

Paul Robertson, Monica Hagali, Myrielle Allen, George Leao-Tuitama, Nick Kowalenko, Allister Bush



OBJECTIVE: To describe the Pasifika Study Group (PSG), a biennial workshop for Pacific nations psychiatrists and doctors working in psychiatry under the auspices of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. METHOD: Since 2013 the PSG has brought together doctors and other health professionals from eight Pacific nations for a two-day study group. RESULTS: On evaluation the PSG is considered informative and relevant and participants were generally confident of adapting the material to their own context. CONCLUSION: The PSG demonstrates a successful approach to regional engagement in mental health in the Pacific region.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Funding for the PSGs was provided by the RANZCP FCAP, PMA, through philanthropic grants from St Vincent's Pacific Fund and in 2017 through crowdfunding by New Zealand child and adolescent psychiatrists to support one delegate.