Pacific Islander and Maori families

Maori and Pacific Islander children and their families come from a diverse range of backgrounds, languages and religions and have culturally specific health care needs. Children who belong to this population group are at risk of a number of preventable and chronic health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Mental illness
  • Cancer
  • Asthma

Children’s Health Queensland is dedicated to providing culturally responsive health services to help reduce the prevalence of these conditions among Maori and Pacific Islander children and their families. We strive to make prevention, screening and education programs accessible to Maori and Pacific Islander children and their families to help them live healthier lives.

The Good Start program is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Pacific Islander and Maori children and their families. The program aims to reduce the incidence of chronic disease and obesity by working with families to build skills, knowledge and confidence in healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle practices. Read more