Mrs Jacinta Fa'alili-Fidow

Master of Public Health

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Senior Advisor - Pacific
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Currently a part-time PhD Research Fellow with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies - Growing Up in New Zealand Study, investigating the concept of Resilience among the Pacific cohort.  Jacinta is also the Managing Director of Moana Research. Previous roles include Manager, TAHA Maternal & Child Health Service, Public Health Portfolio Manager with the Ministry of Health and Manager Pacific with the Health Research Council.


Research | Current

  • 2016 - present: "Growing Up in New Zealand" Study - Centre for Longitudinal Research
  • 2016 - present: "A Better Start - E Tipu e Rea" Study - National Science Challenge

Areas of expertise

Maternal and infant health; child health and wellbeing; community empowerment; Pacific health; Pasifika communities; child resilience.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2016 – present: ADHB/WDHB Pregnancy and Parenting Education Advisory Group

2016 - 2017: Advisory Group to the Minister for Pacific Peoples – Project Tatupu

2015-2016: Maternal and Child Health System Integration Project - Expert Advisory Group to the Minister of Health

2015 – 2017: Pacific Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Advisory Group (Chairperson)

2014 – 2017: Pacific Advisory Group, Social Policy and Evaluation Research Unit (SuPERU)

2014 - 2016: TALA Pasifika – Pacific Tobacco Cessation Coordination Service

2014 – 2017: Counties-Manukau District Health Board SUDI Prevention Governance Group

2010: Ministry of Health – Public Health Workforce Development Advisory Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Morton, S. M. B., Grant, C. C., Berry, S. D., Walker, C. G., Corkin, M., Ly, K., ... Mohal, J. (2017). Growing up in New Zealand: Now we are four: Describing the preschool years. Auckland, New Zealand: Growing Up in New Zealand.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant, Caroline Walker, Maria Corkin, Teresa Gontijo de Castro
  • Gentles, D., Fa'alili-Fidow J, Dunlop, A., Roberts, M., Ikihele, A., Percival, T., & Nosa, V. (2016). Evaluation of the pilot TAPUAKI Pacific pregnancy and parenting education programme. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1 (4).10.18313/pjrh.2016.913
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amio Matenga Ikihele
  • Fa'alili-Fidow J, Naseri, V., Cruickshank, T. S., McCool, J., Manoa, S., Gentles, D., & Percival, T. (2016). Maternal health promotion in Samoa: Views of pregnant mothers. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1 (4), 160-167. 10.18313/pjrh.2016.911
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judith McCool
  • Fa'alili-Fidow J, McCool, J., & Percival, T. (2014). Trade and health in Samoa: views from the insiders. BMC public health, 1410.1186/1471-2458-14-309
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judith McCool, Teuila Percival
  • Laverack, G. R., Ofanoa, M. M., Nosa, V. H., Faalili, J., & Taufa, S. (2007). Social and cultural perceptions of community empowerment in four Pacific Peoples in Auckland, New Zealand. 1-67.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Malakai 'Ofanoa, Vili Nosa

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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1120
New Zealand

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