The focus of this two day workshop is the importance of research and audit in planning health policy and clinical practice. Sub-topics covered include –

  • Identifying and utilizing routinely collected data
  • Research culture within the workplace
  • Conducting research in a team
  • Developing research and audit questions
  • Performing literature searches
  • Undertaking research plans and audit projects
  • Developing a cogent research plan



Presented by Aiono Professor Dr Alec Ekeroma, and Dr Courtney Choi. 

Aiono Professor Dr Alec Ekeroma ONZM  is is a Samoan physician and academic. He was the first Pacific academic to hold a professorial role in a specialised area of medicine in New Zealand. He helped establish the National University of Samoa‘s medical school, and currently serves as the university’s vice-chancellor.

Dr Courtney Choi

Courtney Choy, a PhD candidate in Epidemiology, is continuing her research in Samoa this year on the health and development of Samoan children as a Yale-Brown IvyPlus Exchange Scholar and a US Fogarty Global Health Predoctoral Student Scholar. Dr Courtney Choi was the founder of the Ola Tuputupua’e “Growing Up” cohort study.


  • Tuesday 30th August – 8.00-4.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 August – 8.30-4.00pm


National University of Samoa (NUS)