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dc.contributor.authorJackson, Talei Vula Elaine
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: What factors enabled Pasifika midwives to successfully complete their undergraduate degree? ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Despite there being a large, and increasing, Pacific birthing population in Aotearoa, Pasifika midwives are a minority within the midwifery workforce. There are low numbers of Pasifika students entering and completing midwifery education, and consequently an under-representation of Pacific peoples in the midwifery profession. There is a very real need to attract, educate, and retain greater numbers of Pasifika midwifery students in order to grow the Pacific midwifery workforce. AIM: This study investigates the sources of support for Pasifika midwifery students in Aotearoa that contributed to their academic achievement, enabling them to successfully complete their undergraduate midwifery degree. METHOD: Using a qualitative approach, informed by the Pacific Talanoa Research Methodology (TRM), the sources of support that contributed to Pasifika midwives’ successful completion of their undergraduate degree were investigated. Talanoa/informal interviews were conducted with 10 participants, who qualified between 2013 and 2019. Talanoa took place face-to-face, either individually or in small groups. Interview data were transcribed and coded using thematic analysis. FINDINGS: The findings of the research show that family and cultural support was paramount for student success. Having close connections with the Pacific community was enabling for Pasifika midwifery students. These connections included the sistership with other Pasifika midwifery students, ‘Aunties’ who offered pastoral and academic support, and Pacific midwifery educators who provided cultural support within the institution. Pasifika staff offered more personalised support and bridged the gap between Pasifika students and non-Pacific academic staff. Foundation courses were deemed beneficial for building knowledge and skills prior to undertaking the midwifery degree. Successful Pasifika students also engaged with learning support services. Financial support, by way of scholarships and subsidies, relieved some of the significant financial pressure that Pasifika midwifery students faced. CONCLUSIONS: Pasifika midwifery students are enabled by support from their family, close connections with the Pacific midwifery community, a Pasifika presence at their institution, and financial assistance. A wrap-around approach is recommended for providing culturally appropriate support for Pasifika midwifery students. The findings from this research will enable more tailored support for their needs. A growth in the number of Pasifika midwives will be positive for the midwifery workforce, and the health and wellbeing of all birthing communities in Aotearoaen_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectPasifika studentsen_NZ
dc.subjectmidwifery studentsen_NZ
dc.subjectstudent successen_NZ
dc.subjectmidwifery educationen_NZ
dc.subjecttalanoa (traditional method of face-to-face conversations)en_NZ
dc.subjecttalanoa research methodology (TRM)en_NZ
dc.subjectOtago Polytechnic coursesen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectindigenous methodologiesen_NZ
dc.titleWeaving the mat : enablers for Pasifika midwifery studentsen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuthoren_NZ of Midwiferyen_NZ Polytechnicen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden111006 Midwiferyen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJackson, T. V. E. (2020, November 13). Weaving the mat : enablers for Pasifika midwifery students. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Midwifery). Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.
unitec.institutionOtago Polytechnicen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationOtago Polytechnicen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuTāngata o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwaen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeNew Zealanden_NZ
unitec.advisor.associatedWakelin, Karen
unitec.advisor.associatedParker, George

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