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 »

Pacific nurses continue to step up as Alert levels step down

Nursing director and member of the Pasifika Medical Association Membership Board, Abel Smith says the Covid-19 crisis has brought out the best in Pacific nurses and helped them develop further knowledge of how to care for their community. “We haven’t had a pandemic in our lifetime. We’ve read about them and we’ve studied them but… Read more »

Call for Community vigilance despite being at Alert Level 1

Samoan GP and PMA member Dr Maryann Heather says not much has changed for patients since the move to Level 1, as people and medical clinics continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Dr Heather works at the South Seas Health Centre in Otara, a clinic that continues to do most of… Read more »

Health review leaves Pasifika out in the cold

Failure to address the high health needs of Pacific people in the health and disability sector review is the final report’s most important omission, writes Dr Collin Tukuitonga Pacific health care providers are universal in their disappointment at the lack of attention on the needs of Pacific people in the final report from the Simpson Health and… Read more »

PMA Scholar: ‘Health disparities in Samoa drove me to become a doctor’

Twenty-eight-year-old Mosana Evagelia grew up in Samoa and recalls her experience volunteering in the hospitals that peaked her interest in a career in medicine. “I would have been16-years-old at the time and I volunteered in our local hospital during the holidays. I remember realising that most of the doctors working there weren’t even Samoan, they… Read more »

Dr George Ngaei (CNZM): Resilience and determination against the odds

Invercargill based surgeon and Pasifika Medical Association member Dr George Ngaei FRACS is among those recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and the Pacific community. Throughout his career as an endoscopic and gastrointestinal surgeon Ngaei has used… Read more »

PMA Scholar: ‘I want to make dentistry more affordable for our community’

Nineteen-year-old Ateliana Taufa, is on a mission to make treatments and visits to the dentist more affordable for her community. Currently in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Otago she admits it’s going to be a long journey but knows her end goal is to eventually open… Read more »