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Samoan Master's student hopes to use research to improve Pacific health outcomes
Updates / Community, 27 May 24
Alexander Hosking, who proudly hails from the villages of Ulutogia and Faleasiu in Samoa, is a recipient of the Pasifika Medical Association's (PMA) and University of Auckland's (UoA) Knowledge Hub Master's Scholarship. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Health Science whilst completing his advanced training in Cardiology.

When asked about his studies, he shared that his Masters looks into the current management of atrial fibrillation in the Waikato Region and how we might improve this by using a nurse-led atrial fibrillation clinic, to improve access and adherence to current guidelines. 

"The motivation behind choosing this field has developed over several years. I have always had an interest in medical research, this began following a number of research projects/studentships during medical school along with completing a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours while working with the Medical Research institute of New Zealand as a Junior Research Fellow.   

This Masters program was a natural progression of this, using my chosen medical field to help enhance access to equitable healthcare."

Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, Hosking has drawn his motivation from the people around him, especially his mother.  

"My Mum works in academia at the University of Auckland, and she has introduced me to and promoted scientific research, as well as holding many roles forwarding equity and advancement in the Pacific space." 

He is driven to see Pacific communities thrive. 

"I hope to see our community achieve equity in all areas. This includes equitable health outcomes and representation across professional fields, enabling our people to thrive in Aotearoa. 

"I hope to use research as part of the wider effort to improve health outcomes for Pacific people and to do all I can in serving our communities effectively."