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Pasifika Medical Association 2024 Conference to explore theme "Vunilagi ni Bula Sautu: Living our best lives"
Updates / News, 5 Jun 24
The Pasifika Medical Association's (PMA) 28th annual conference is set to take place in Christchurch, New Zealand, from November 26-27, 2024. This year’s theme, "Vunilagi ni Bula Sautu: Living our best lives", explores a holistic approach to health and well-being across all stages of life, envisioning a horizon where individuals live lives of good health and abundance.

Registrations for the Conference are now open.  

Dr Apisalome Talemaitoga ONZM, General Practitioner and this year's conference convenor, reveals that the theme for PMA Conference holds profound significance.

“The concept of Vunilagi, meaning horizon in Indigenous Fijian, symbolises the legacy of great navigators. Like our ancestors who sailed guided by the stars to new horizons (Vunilagi Vou), our life's journey mirrors sailing into uncharted territories.”  

Call for abstracts will be opening soon, inviting people to submit a summary of their research or work, that align with the Conference's sub-themes, including:    

  • Child Health/Adolescents - Gone lalai  

  • Youth – i taba gone (Cauravou kei na Goneyalewa) 

  • Adults - Uabula (Turaga kei na Marama) 

  • Elderly – Qase (Matua) 

Dr Jitoko Cama FRACS, surgeon and Chair of the PMA Membership Board, expresses excitement for this year’s conference, emphasising its inclusive approach across various fields.  

“This year’s themes embrace inclusivity across all fields and shift the focus away from negative health outcomes. Instead, we're directing our attention towards a future-oriented perspective, aiming to enhance health outcomes not only in the Pacific but also on a global scale.”  

PMA Chief Executive, Debbie Sorensen, highlights the resonance between the themes of this year's conference and the overarching mission of the PMA Group.  

“Our previous conferences have attracted numerous healthcare professionals from across the Pacific region, gathering together to provide a platform for collaborative efforts in tackling the health challenges prevalent in our Pacific communities.  

“The themes this year align perfectly with our PMA Group vision, which envisions Pacific children living as long as anyone else on earth. It’s about collectively striving for improved health outcomes in the Pacific and beyond, asking ourselves what steps we can take to live our best lives.”  

Registrations are now open. For further details please visit the PMA Memberships website.