Pacific Health: Research, Information and Resources

Pacific Health Research | Resources for Medical and Health Sciences | Pacific Studies Resources

Subject headings

To locate everything in the Library on a certain subject, conduct a keyword search or more specifically a Subject Heading search.
Subject headings can be obtained through conducting a basic keyword search in the Catalogue. A basic search like Pacific health may include items from Japan and Asia. Try Pacific islands health to be more specific. Find an item from the result list that is relevant and look at the details for Subject Headings. Subject Headings are specially assigned to retrieve all items held in the Library catalogue (or in database) on that subject or topic.
Islands of the Pacific is a Subject Heading which will retrieve all items relating to the Pacific islands.
Oceania is another Subject Heading that will provide an overview of the Pacific region. Use (Pacific? OR Oceania? AND Health) as Keywords or Subject Headings in your searches
To make your searches more specific to an area of the Pacific island region or Oceania, use Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia
Use country names to refine your search further, e.g., Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea
Other useful Subject Heading terms:
Pacific Islanders Medical Care New Zealand
Health Research Council of New Zealand
Mentoring in Medicine Search for mentor? AND med? as Subject Headings
Pacific Mental Health Use Subject Headings Pacific? Oceania? AND mental health (as a phrase)
Pacific Health Research Guidelines Use Subject Headings Pacific? Oceania? AND Health? AND Research? OR Guideline?
Other General Subject Headings
Pacific Islanders New Zealand
Oceania Social Life and Customs
Pacific Area

Pacific Islanders New Zealand Social Life and Customs

Pacific health New Zealand Top of page

Health Foundations, NGOs and Research Centres in NZ Top of page

Professional Associations and Health Providers Top of page

Education and training Top of page

Resources and publications Top of page

Databases for Pacific health

  • Medical and Health Sciences databases
  • Medline
  • Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
    Full-text Australian, New Zealand and overseas news.
  • Index New Zealand INNZ
    General index to New Zealand journals and newspapers from 1987 onwards. Indexes some Pacific serials.
  • NewzText Plus
    Full-text database of major New Zealand newspapers and business magazines.
  • Pacific islands index compiled by New Zealand and Pacific Dept., Auckland City Libraries. 1978-1996. Location: Central City Auckland Research Centre - Serials - Basement - Ask at Desk
    Includes an index to Pacific Islands Monthly 1978-1992. Islands business, and the New Zealand Herald were also included in the index.

Directories and bibliographies Top of page

Guidelines, models, tools and resources on Pacific health research Top of page

Journals Top of page

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health
  • Inform Action
  • Journal of  Maori and Pacific development
  • New Zealand Medical Journal online issue
  • Pacific Health Dialog (PHD) Journal
  • Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action
  • Public Health Pacific Area Periodicals
  • Pacific Islands monthly - indexed in INNZ Index New Zealand database. General Library holds vol.1 (1930) - vol.70 (2000).
  • South Pacific Journal of Psychology
  • Free Medical Journals

Open Access Information includes resources like the Directory of Open Access Journals and other Health Open Access Journals

Conferences Top of page

Find a conference relating to the Pacific and subscribe free to receive alerts from Conference Alerts Academic Conferences Worldwide
University of the South Pacific; East West Center; Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies; Center for Pacific Island Studies and Oceania Newsletter.

News media Top of page

Statistics sources Top of page

Theses and dissertations Top of page

The Theses and dissertations page on the Library website helps you search for all theses in the University of Auckland Library and overseas theses too. The Bibliographic Index of Pacific Theses in New Zealand Universities (2008) is a useful tool to find health-related theses.

Te Puna Search, the combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries, has both New Zealand and some international theses. In an ADVANCED search you can construct searches similar to those described above, e.g., thesis / health / Samoa.

The Union List of Higher Degree Theses is an annual print bibliography of theses in New Zealand libraries, with coverage going back to 1910.

Regional and country information Top of page

In New Zealand Top of page

General country and regional health information resources Top of page

Regional organisations in the Pacific Top of page

Pacific Island information Top of page

Cook Islands



Papua New Guinea


Solomon Islands



Other links Top of page

Comments and suggestions to: Judy McFall
File last updated: 9 August, 2017