Technological support critical for rural communities to access health services

The CEO of a health and social services provider for Pacific families in Tokoroa says there is a strong need to provide technology support to the community after new health and disability guidelines have recommended an increased focus on using technology to make it easier for those living in rural areas to access specialist care…. Read more »

Abolishment of DHBs an opportunity to unite Pacific health providers

The New Zealand Government’s plan to abolish the 20 district health boards in favour of a centralised body is an opportunity for all Pacific health providers to unite and ensure the new model will provide positive outcomes for Pacific families, says the chair of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA). Dr Kiki Maoate, ONZM, FRACS, says… Read more »

Oral healthcare a key focus for new Etu Pasifika board member

Newly appointed board member for Etu Pasifika in Christchurch, Dr Tule Fanakava Misa, BDS, NZDREX, is a Tongan dentist who aims to promote and encourage dentistry as a desirable career option for future Pacific health professionals. Dr Misa graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of South Pacific and worked as a dentist… Read more »

Mental health training addresses a priority raised by the Pacific community

A four-day mental health training session for staff of Pasifika Futures partners, The Fono and Etu Pasifika has given front line workers the basic tools to provide psychological interventions to further support their families and communities.  The training session has proven to be a timely one, with the recent announcement that the New Zealand Government… Read more »

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 »