A team of STaR Centre researchers passionate about improving surgical care in the Pacific undertook a project to identify the barriers and opportunities to improving the delivery of safe, affordable, timely surgical care in Samoa. Our Pacific neighbours, including Samoa share a close spirit of friendship with Aotearoa, working together to provide mutual support.

Stakeholders had a positive outlook on the delivery of surgical care, but it was suggested that existing services were not meeting needs. While barriers and shortcomings were identified, this project plays an important step towards the development of formal strategies for improving surgical services nationally. The Indigenous and Global Surgery Group, led by Professor Ian Bissett continues to explore opportunities to make an impact in the lives of people around the globe through our surgical research.

This project was supported by the University of Auckland Studentship fund, Department of Surgery.