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Pasifika Wellbeing - Fonofale; Fala Pasifika

Fonofale (Pasifika philosophy of health): 

Pasifika wellbeing is also holistic, which means the wellbeing of the whole person - spiritual, mental and physical. Wellbeing and health are linked to the communities, and the environment in which they live. This is shown in the Fonofale model.

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Foundation: Family. This is the extended family – the foundation for all Pacific Island cultures.


Roof: Culture. The roof stands for the cultural values and beliefs that are the family’s shelter for life. This can include traditional as well as western ways of doing things.


Pou (posts): Connect the family to culture. The pou depend on each other. They are:

  • Spiritual: The sense of wellbeing that comes from religion or spirituality or both.

  • Physical: The physical health of the body.

  • Mental: The mind, including thinking and emotional wellbeing.

  • Other: Things like gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, employment, and education.

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