Clarity and empathy – key ingredients if pulse oximeters are to be effective for Pacific families

Chief Executive for Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), Debbie Sorensen, says the use of pulse oximeters is not enough to support the health needs of people in home isolation. In a recent interview for RNZ’s Midday Report, Mrs Sorensen expressed concern around pulse oximeters being the only device provided as a means of risk assessment for… Read more »

“As a community, we have an obligation to help one another” – White Ribbon Day 2021

White Ribbon Day is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women. Pasifika Futures’ (PFL) Ngalu Fānifo mental health segment on 531 P.I. recently touched on this theme with Dr Siale Foliaki looking at the impact of the current Covid-19 climate on family relationships…. Read more »

Moving together into the next phase of the pandemic

In a recent interview for Newshub Nation, Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Dr Api Talemaitoga spoke about some of the challenges Pacific communities continue to face in this current Covid-19 outbreak. One of these challenges include the impact of home isolation on multigenerational families, where it is not possible for them to safely isolate. Dr… Read more »

“We’re almost there, we just need to keep going”

With the date for mandated vaccines for workers in the health and education sector closing, Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) CEO, Debbie Sorensen, says this is a step in the right direction. In an interview for Tagata Pasifika, Mrs Sorensen acknowledges the leadership by the Government in making the decision. “We need to be consistent, we… Read more »

Pacific providers losing patience with healthcare officials

“When I started to talk about how terrible things are, I became overwhelmed”   The way NRHCC official have treated Pacific providers seeking to co-design an ethnically targeted community care programme has been “beyond depressing, it’s rude”, says Manukau specialist GP and chair of the RNZCGP Pacific chapter Api Talemaitoga.   After weeks of working with the Northern Region Health… Read more »

Pasifika Futures Urgent Response Team – consistent support in uncertain times

As we complete 12 weeks of Alert Level restrictions, Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families and their national network of partners have supported families across New Zealand with over 48,240 support packages. Since the beginning of the Delta outbreak, PFL has responded to the needs of Pacific families, with… Read more »

One size fits all approach of self-isolation pilot proving detrimental for Pacific families

The complexities of home isolation continue to raise concerns for Pacific communities and GPs as the potential for primary care services being overwhelmed is a possibility with Covid-19 cases continue to rise on a daily basis. The current home isolation pilot sees those infected with Covid-19 isolating at home as a means of helping manage… Read more »

Checking in on mental health for students and young people during exams

With many high school students returning to school for a short period before their exams there will be heightened stress and anxiety among students, parents and teachers across the country. Pasifika Futures’ (PFL) Ngalu Fānifo mental health segment on 531 P.I. explored this as well as a talanoa round depression. Dr Foliaki acknowledges the challenges… Read more »

Compliance and Sacrifice – understanding our collective purpose will save lives

Pasifika Futures’ (PFL) Ngalu Fānifo mental health segment on 531 P.I. with Dr Siale Foliaki, recently focused on compliance and the approach to conversations around the Covid-19 vaccine. Compliance has become a pressing issue with recent incidents such as the North Shore party and protests in Auckland demonstrating peoples changing attitudes to compliance and collective… Read more »

Get tested and get vaccinated: Call to action for Pacific community in Christchurch

Being vaccinated is the best protection for Pacific communities in tackling the Covid-19 virus, says Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Dentist and Etu Pasifika Board Member, Dr Tule Misa. As New Zealand continues to see an increase in the number of positive cases from the Delta community outbreak, Dr Misa stresses that now is the… Read more »