PMA partners with the University of Auckland to develop the Pacific academic workforce
Updates / News , 11 Nov 22
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) was recently named as a Member of the Sir George Fowlds Society for their significant contribution towards teaching and research for the University of Auckland; the partnership will see PMA’s investment help develop the Pacific academic workforce.

PMA has invested $2 million over four years into the University of Auckland’s Centre of Excellence for Pacific Health and Social Outcomes. PMA President, Dr Kiki Maoate, says the partnership with the University is significant for Pacific academia.

“We welcome this partnership as an opportunity to add to the growth of our Pacific academic capabilities so that they lead and develop research activities that are important and relevant to our communities. 

This is an investment we are passionate about and we look forward to maintaining this relationship with the University of Auckland; we acknowledge the Chancellor, Cecilia Tarrant, for the warm welcome last weekend where we were recognised for our contribution to the university.”

The University of Auckland have established seven flagship research centres, which includes the Research Centre for Pacific and Global Health, led by PMA Board Director, Sir Collin Tukuitonga.

“Last year, the university called for proposals to establish research centres and there were 45 applications. We are one of the five that have been given funding to set up the research centre. 

PMA are one of the organisations supporting the research centre and the purpose is to essentially undertake relevant research, as well as to train graduates wanting to study towards a Masters or PhD qualification.”

Sir Collin recognises that PMA’s partnership with the University of Auckland is one of significance.

“It’s incredibly significant that PMA was acknowledged for their contribution to the university. It’s an outstanding achievement and they’re the only Pacific organisation who has a relationship with the University of Auckland.”

PMA CEO, Debbie Sorensen, is pleased to have PMA investing into the University of Auckland that will go towards initiatives such as the Research Centre for Pacific and Global Health. 

“Global health is something that affects us deeply; the Pacific region is an area that we're committed to and working with our partners in Pacific countries. Issues like climate change and sustainability are core to the health and social economic development of our communities and affect our families heavily. 

We are extremely privileged to have Sir Collin’s leadership in this area and recognise him as a key person in helping us develop this partnership with the University of Auckland.”

Date: Friday 11 November