PMA SCHOLAR: Caring for grandmother, the inspiration for nursing career

As a 13-year-old, Simione Tagicakibau helped care for his fragile and ill grandmother in his homeland of Fiji. Now at 35, that experience as a teenager continues to inspire Simione in his nursing career and fuels his passion to care for the Pasifika community. “During my experience with my grandmother, I saw how the nurses did… Read more »

PMA Scholar: Success through adversity a testament to parents sacrifice

Twenty-six-year-old medical student Supilate Mikaele is the recipient of the Pasifika Medical Association’s Dr Leopino Foliaki University of Auckland Scholarship. Graduating from a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from The University of Auckland School of Medicine she says it’s been a tough journey but the scholarship is an acknowledgement of her… Read more »

New norm funerals may be a long-term option for Pacific community

The Pacific community can be applauded for complying with strict funeral limitations during Covid-19 and embracing new ways to farewell our loved ones, says leading funeral director Francis Tipene. Last Friday 29 May, the New Zealand Government relaxed social distancing restrictions at funerals, which began at the start of lockdown to members of the deceased’s… Read more »

PMA Scholar: Pacific support network inspires success in health sector

After graduating from a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) at the University of Otago School of Medicine in December 2019, twenty-six-year-old David Nair has been working as a first-year health surgeon at Christchurch Hospital. He’s also the recipient of the Pasifika Medical Association’s Papali’i Dr Semisi Ma’ia’i University of Otago Scholarship… Read more »

PMA scholar: Gagana Samoa builds trust in patient-doctor relationship

Junior doctor at Middlemore Hospital, Tuipoloa Opetaia Aati is using his mother tongue — Samoan — to break down cultural barriers in medicine to help connect with his patients and better understand their medical needs or diagnosis. He has at least one medical consultation in Samoan a week and is happy he can be a… Read more »

PMA Scholar: Continuing a legacy of service

For Samoan nursing student Phyllein Pauli Taetafe, it’s learning from the failures in her life that have made her successful. The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) scholarship recipient admits her secondary education years were challenging at Otahuhu College, where she was part of the inaugural Science Technology English and Maths (STEM) programme, an initiative supported by… Read more »

Inequities in access to health care services should be addressed urgently

The President of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has made a strong statement supporting the need to urgently address chronic inequities in access to specialist health care services in NZ.  Dr Kiki Maoate ONZM, FRACS said that inequities in access to health care services have been a feature of the NZ health system for decades. … Read more »

PMA Online Talanoa Popular with Industry Leaders

Seventy-eight leaders in the business, government and health sectors, tuned into an online seminar to hear the Pasifika Medical Association CEO, Debbie Sorensen, share about the organisation’s experience during crisis and their priorities in a post-Covid 19 world. Last week, the Council for International Development (CID), an umbrella agency for aid charities and non-profit organisations,… Read more »

New life in a time of international crisis

For first-time mum Louina Tuipolotu, being pregnant and having a baby during the Covid-19 lockdown period, made her feel extremely anxious. But when she finally gave birth at the end of April to a healthy daughter and held her newborn in her arms, all that worry went away. “I’m glad we are both well and… Read more »

Scholarships to grow the Pasifika health sector

Six medical scholarships offered to thirteen recipients, with a combined value of $90,000, are providing a head start to Pasifika students pursuing a career in the health sector. It’s the third year the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has offered the scholarships, which supports undergraduate and postgraduate studies, placements in the Pacific islands and students from… Read more »