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The Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research and Evaluation (CAHRE) at The University of Auckland invites abstracts for its National Symposium 2022 on the theme: Beyond the Healthy Migrant Effect: Asian and Ethnic Minority Health in Aotearoa.

Hosted by the University of Auckland’s CAHRE, the symposium is a one-day event open to academics and researchers, policymakers and service managers, clinicians, community practitioners, and students who work in or are interested in A/EM health.

The symposium will be held in-person at the University of Auckland, Grafton with an online stream for those who wish to participate remotely.


The Healthy Migrant Effect has been the overarching framework for addressing health needs of the population termed ‘non-Māori, non- Pākehā, and non- Pasifika’ for decades. According to this framework, migrants enter the country with a high quality of health which is depleted over time given their inability to sustain adequate standards of nutrition, housing, income, recreation, physical activity, and healthcare.

With the growth and diversification of the Asian and Ethnic Minority (A/EM) population in New Zealand, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Healthy Migrant frame is inadequate to address health and wellbeing for this population group. The theme for CAHRE 2022 is selected to encourage new perspectives in conceptualizing the contemporary health status and future concerns for the New Zealand’s A/EM population.

Beyond the Healthy Migrant Effect speaks to the needs of ethnic minority populations for the 21st century. This theme invites presenters and participants of CAHRE 2022 to take stock of the health status of A/EM populations at a time of significant demographic and social transformation. The Conference invites exploration into the following:

    • Inter-generational health: What are the needs and health realities of the 1.5, 2nd, and 2+ generations of ethnic minorities who are no longer ‘migrants’ in any conventional sense, and instead who are developing a unique identity in Aoteoroa as ‘A/EM tauiwi’?
    • Intersectionality and identity: How do we understand the needs of growing numbers of A/EM people who identify as being of multiple ethnic heritage; sexually and gender diverse; and differently abled; the young and the old?
    • Biculturalism in a Multi-ethnic society: What are the implications of NZ’s bicultural-multicultural contexts of health provision with its focus on equity and diversity, respectively?
    • Health Systems and Policy: How are communities involved in service delivery and health lobbying? What are the likely implications of the Health Reforms on A/EM Communities? How are current policy responses, such as anti-racism, migration Resets, and Social Cohesion contexts relevant to A/EM health? What are the concerns of the A/EM health workforce? on, but not restricted to, one or more of the above questions
    • Old Health, New Health: what are the health developments in areas that have traditionally been of concern to A/EM community (e.g., cardiovascular disease) What new health concerns are emerging for this population group? How has COVID-19 impacted the community and what lies beyond the pandemic?
    • A/EM in the Community: What do we know about the help-seeking behaviours of A/EM populations? How are A/EM communities engaging with transnational health, especially with the availability of e-health options? What insight do we have about A/EM health in specific settings: workplaces, schools and tertiary educational centres, rural and urban settings, streets, communities?
    • Methodologies and Theories: What innovative methodologies and conceptual frameworks are being used to capture the nuanced health experiences of contemporary A/EM population in New Zealand? How are academia-community relationships enriching A/EM research?

We welcome abstracts for contributions on, but not restricted to, one or more of the above sub-themes of the following types:

Papers (15 Minutes) —Oral presentations based on planned, ongoing or completed research, policy/community initiatives, programmes or interventions.

Themed Sessions (90 Minutes) — Typically, session will comprise three oral presentations of 15 minutes followed by Q+A, but there is flexibility of format.

Practitioner workshops (90 minutes) — We invite community, creative, and clinical practitioners, and researchers to conduct workshops in an area of relevance to A/EM health. Kindly ensure that the workshops are accessible to the broader audience.

Poster Presentation (all day) — poster displays on ongoing research, community programmes and initiatives are encouraged.


Abstracts should be 250 words maximum, including for posters. Please include in the submission: (a) Author/s name, (b) academic or professional affiliation, (c) abstract title, (d) whether your presentation will be online or in-person, (e) email and phone number. At least one author for each paper must have a paid registration by 5 August 2022.

The online option for CAHRE-2022 will offer the option to attend the Keynote and plenary Panel Discussion and only online parallel sessions.

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