Group projects

Find out more about group projects involving staff in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work.

Young people’s perspectives on youth employment in Franklin, Auckland

Rising youth unemployment coupled with the need to generate more local employment opportunities have been key issues for the Franklin Local Board. A gap in local knowledge towards developing sustainable solutions to these issues was identified and the perspectives of local young people sought regarding:

  • Barriers in the local employment sector
  • Opportunities in the local employment sector
  • Thoughts on being ‘work ready’
  • Preparing young people for employment
  • Preparing local employers to employ young people

A survey exploring these five issues was undertaken with 110 young people (aged 16-19 years) from Waiuku College, Pukekohe High School, Clevedon Presbyterian Church, Waiuku Youth Group, and Pukekohe Youth Centre in June and July 2015. Research team members include Christa Fouché and Hyeeun Kim.

'Standing in the Fire': Experiences of HIV-Positive, Black African Migrants and Refugees Living in New Zealand

HIV-positive, Black African migrants and refugees present as a growing interest in Aotearoa New Zealand. A qualitative project explored the lived experiences and social service needs of affected or at-risk Black African migrants, refugees and their family members in New Zealand. In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 HIV-positive Black African migrants between July and August 2010. One of the main themes that emerged from the data is HIV-related stigma and the profound ways it affects participants’ lives - including the ways they access care for HIV disease. Another major theme relates to participants’ courage, integrity and their challenge of stigma. Research team members include Christa Fouché, Mark Henrickson, Cynthia Cannon Poindexter, Kay Scott, Derek Brian Brown and Christina Horsford.

Fouché, C., Henrickson, M. & Poindexter, C. (2011). ‘Standing in the Fire’: Experiences of HIV positive Black African migrants in New Zealand. Auckland: University of Auckland.


Crossing Borders: An exploration of migrant professional workforce dynamics (FRDF funded)

The challenge of a mobile, professional social work workforce, successfully managing the demands of service-users, policy makers and the public at large in different countries across the globe, provides an unprecedented opportunity for social work educators.

This study seeks to develop a profile of migrant social workers in NZ and key professional issues experienced by these professionals. Research team members include Christa Fouché, Liz Beddoe, Allen Bartley and Phil Harington.


Educating future health care professionals to support people with chronic conditions to live better and live longer (STAR funded)

Chronic care consumers repeatedly report that health and social care workers are delivering services that are not adequately meeting their needs. The nine health professional training programmes in NZ continue to be delivered in isolation of one another with little attention to the core competencies required of health professionals to work with chronic care consumers.

The challenge of successfully managing chronic conditions provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore new models of health professional education. This study seeks to identify the needs of chronic care consumers both from their own perspective and from expert clinicians and further, identifies the core and discipline specific competencies for novice and advanced practitioners.

Associate Professor Christa Fouché is the principal investigator for this study that includes research team members from Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, Speech Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health from The University of Auckland, AUT and Massey University. This study builds on extensive research done in the field of chronic care by the GERaC team of academics and researchers based at the School of Nursing within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


A systematic review on the effectiveness of youth work (HRC /MYD funded)

The main objective of this research is to systematically review the available research evidence on the the impact and outcomes of youth work for young people as relevant to the Aotearoa / New Zealand context. This is done in an attempt to inform policy initiatives related to targeted intervention and prevention strategies that will have the potential to increase benefits in the life of the young person. In particular, this review aims to answer the review question: What is the effectiveness of youth work for young people?

The research team includes Christa Fouché.

View the systematic review report