Support for high school students during Covid 19 resurgence

The principal of Tamaki College in Auckland and board director of Pasifika Futures Ltd, Mrs Soana Pamaka, is sending out a positive message to her students and wider community during the recent Covid-19 resurgence – “Keep calm and don’t panic.” When the government announced on Tuesday 11 August that Auckland would return to Alert Level 3… Read more »

Pasifika health official stresses importance of being prepared

A Pasifika health boss in New Zealand is stressing the importance of mobilising medical and other resources to help equip Pacific communities and providers within those communities in case of a Covid-19 outbreak. The call comes after a new spate of coronavirus cases in Auckland this week. The Chief Executive of the Pasifika Medical Association… Read more »

Level 3 compliance protects our community, says senior Pacific doctor

A senior Pacific public health specialist says the call for Auckland to return to Level 3 and the rest of the county to Level 2 is essential to control the Covid-19 resurgence, especially for the Pacific community as they are the most vulnerable. Dr. Colin Tukuitonga, a senior member of the Pasifika Medical Association who… Read more »

PMA leading the way forward with new staff support policies in Covid 19 new norm

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) have taken positive learnings from working under Covid-19 conditions and have implemented them in a new staff support package which is already being practiced and embraced within the organisation. The support package give staff increased health and financial benefits and options for a flexible working week. PMA CEO, Debbie Sorensen says… Read more »

Excitement amongst young doctors with the first Pasifika health webinar

Twenty-six-year-old junior doctor Supilate Mikaele is looking forward to attending the Pasifika Health Leaders Breakfast Webinar Series, to learn more about the industry and hear from fellow Tongan health professional Dr Lupe Taumoepeau FRACS, New Zealand’s only female vascular surgeon. “I know I will benefit from Dr Taumoepeau’s talk and hear about her experiences. I… Read more »

PMA Webinars to encourage Pacific medical students & young doctors

Dr Lupe Taumoepeau FRACS, New Zealand’s only female vascular surgeon, will be the first guest speaker at the Pasifika Health Leaders Breakfast Webinar Series, an event established to help Pacific medical students decide which area of medicine to specialise in after their studies. Dr Jitoko Cama FRACS, the chair of membership at the Pasifika Medical… Read more »

Seal of approval for Pacific health provider

Etu Pasifika, the largest health provider for Pacific families in Canterbury, is celebrating the milestone of a Cornerstone accreditation – a prestigious standard of excellence in which recipients have shown exemplary high standards for general medical practice in New Zealand. Etu Pasifika general manager, Amanaki Misa, says the accreditation is a testament to the hard… Read more »

Free flu vaccinations a hit with Pacific families in Canterbury

Stormy weather and pouring rain did not stop the dedicated Etu Pasifika team from providing free flu vaccinations in a drive-thru clinic for Pasifika families living in the Canterbury area. From the comfort of their cars, families received their vaccinations in an initiative to provide the Pacific community in Canterbury protection from viruses like the… Read more »

Finding the balance between home and office is the new working norm

Almost a third of the country’s workforce operated from home during Alert Level 4 and now in Alert Level 1, many organisations are reviewing the long-term benefits of flexible and remote working environments for the health of their workers, says a leading Pacific physiotherapist. Oka Sanerivi, a physiotherapy lecturer at Wintec in Gisborne and a… Read more »

Prescription rule changes embraced by Pacific community

A pharmaceutical rule change during Covid-19 restricting the dispensing of funded community medicine to one month’s supply at a time, has been embraced by the Pacific community, says a senior pharmacist. Samoan pharmacist Kasey Brown, who is president of the Pacific Pharmacists’ Association and member of the Pasifika Medical Association says the rules are still in… Read more »