More resources needed to fill doctors gap

Pasifika Medical Association’s Debbie Sorensen on Radio Australia Fiji and Papua New Guinea are facing a shortage of doctors. Groups representing doctors in both countries say their governments need to do more training, and ensure there are incentives to retain them. Presenter: Catherine Graue Speaker: Debbie Sorensen, Chief Executive, Pasifika Medical Assocation   SORENSEN: Health… Read more »

Pasifika Futures engaging with our families

Having been at the forefront of improving health and wellbeing of Pacific people in New Zealand since 1996, Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has been selected to set up Pasifika Futures. Pasifika Future’s establishment came after the Minister of Whanau Ora, Hon. Tariana Turia announced the NZ Government would appoint three non-governmental commissioning agencies to oversee… Read more »

Weighing up a healthy future

In search of “that missing something” from her career, Seini Jensen joined the team at Pasifika Medical Association. Three years on, she has not only found satisfaction from the work she does, but she has also found her calling, using evidence and evaluation to help the Pacific community in New Zealand to improve their lives… Read more »

Pasifika Futures Launched

Dr Kiki Maoate, Chairman of Pasifika Futures and Michelle Hippolyte, Te Puni Kokiri Chief Executive, sign the contract commissioning Pasifika Futures. Looking on are Debbie Sorensen, Pasifika Futures CEO (left) and Pauline Winter, CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island affairs. Pasifika Futures, a new Whanau Ora commissioning agency that will work to support and… Read more »

Consultation under way

A national consultation with Pasifika families, communities and organisations is under way across New Zealand to increase understanding of the needs of Pasifika families. (Click here to read more) There is a strong focus at the gatherings on identifying the best ways to deliver services, says Pasifika Futures Chief Executive, Debbie Sorensen. “The consultations are… Read more »