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“It really means a lot” PACMAT Tonga 2022
Updates / News , 14 Apr 22
With the recent deployment of a Medical Assistance team (PACMAT) to Tonga who are looking to provide mental health support, Dr Sione Vaka has the responsibility of being the Clinical Lead for the team of specialists.

“I’ll be working together with our mental health professionals to help Tonga with the help they need in terms of the tsunami and also the volcanic eruption.

So, working with people if there is anxiety, depression, mental health issues; we’ll be working together to attend to those needs.”

He emphasizes that the deployment is a privilege to go back and offer his expertise to serve his people. 

“It really means a lot. When we left Tonga, we had this dream that there will be one day we’ll go back and help our people and this is the opportunity. 

All the skills and expertise that we have learned when we left Tonga, we’re now able to go back and give it to our people, so we’re very privileged to have this opportunity.” 

This deployment is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 


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Date: Thursday 14 April 2022

PACMAT Tonga Team 2022: Dr Sione Vaka