Pasifika Health Power Webinar inspires and challenges medical students

A webinar organised by the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) to encourage Pacific students in their future medical careers, focused on the benefits of embarking on research projects during and after their studies. Over 100 students and fellow health professionals tuned in this week for the first Pasifika Health Power Webinar this year from their homes… Read more »

“Pinikilicious Day” – a time of pampering and self-reflection for Pacific women

Community advocate Lealamanu’a Aiga Caroline Mareko, MNZM, knows all too well the devasting impact when Pacific mothers put the well-being of others before their own. Her mother, Sevailoa Emily Mareko, never looked after her own health and never got a regular mammogram because she was always focusing on her family. By the time she was… Read more »

Extra boost for mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples

Mental health and addiction amongst the Pacific community is the focus for an extra $6.6 million of Government funding to increase access to mental health support services. Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Health (Pacific), Hon. Aupito William Sio, announced the extra services at an event held last week at the Fonua Ola… Read more »

Improving awareness and access to medical research funding – Tolotea Lanumata

Pacific researcher Tolotea Lanumata will present at a webinar tomorrow to encourage and guide Pacific medical students on their future career paths. But Lanumata’s talk will not be covering any medical practices. Instead, she will be encouraging and informing our future medical professionals about the career options with research and how to apply for funding… Read more »

A career inspired by a life saved – Dr Bruce Su’a

When Dr Bruce Su’a, MBChb, was growing up in Samoa, he would see the huge scar across his grandfather’s chest and hear stories of its origin – the result of lifesaving surgery to treat bowel cancer. Years later, Dr Su’a, not only followed his dream of becoming a doctor but also completed his PhD research… Read more »

Covid-19 vaccine a “no brainer” to ensure the safety of your family

A frontline worker for the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) says getting the Covid-19 vaccine was a “no brainer” to protect her family and the wider community. Lucyanne Laurenson, who is the Director of Learning Development for PMA, encourages more Pacific families to get vaccinated. At a press conference this week, Director General of Health Dr… Read more »

Top surgeon encourages Pacific medical students to explore their career options

Renowned Samoan breast surgeon and Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member, Dr Ineke Meredith MBChb FRACS, will be speaking at a webinar next week to inspire future Pacific doctors about their career pathways. The main advice she wishes to give the young medical students is to be confident in their ability and to put themselves forward… Read more »

The positive message of Easter continues to inspire The Village

Easter is a time of reflection and a reminder for many of what they are grateful for given the theme of sacrifice and new life.  For foodbanks, like The Village Community Services Trust in Avondale, they are reminded just how important their services are during this time for many Pacific families. Lady Maliena Jones, who… Read more »

“Positive Sacrifices” allowed a Pacific Covid-19 survivor the chance to share his story

For the first time, a choir master who contracted Covid-19 as part of the single biggest cluster in New Zealand last year, is speaking out about his experience and how the severe complications he endured made him feel like “it was the end”. After 102 days of no new Covid-19 cases in the community since… Read more »

Awareness of other vaccines important for Pacific families wellbeing

Etu Pasifika clinical director, Dr Monica Nua-George, appeared on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon program this morning to share about the importance of Pacific families receiving their Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination to ensure they remain healthy in this Covid-19 environment.   Dr Nua-George says there is a concern that there is great… Read more »