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.  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)

  • 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. I. 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).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

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 389
New Zealand

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