“This award will continue to support me to do better work; more work for our people” PMA Charity Ball 2022
Updates / Events , 8 Aug 22
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) will be holding its annual Charity Ball next month; an event that is the primary fundraiser for the PMA’s Education Fund which supports Pacific students and health professionals in their pursuit of a career in health through the provision of scholarships.

The PMA Charity Ball has been disrupted for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is set to return on Tuesday 6th September at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

Etu Pasifika Auckland Board Director and Director of Pacific Health at Waitematā DHB, Dr Josephine Aumea Herman, was a recipient of the inaugural Sir Terepai Tuamure Maoate International Study Award in 2018, which was funded by the PMA Education Fund. 

Dr Herman says the scholarship helped support her during her time as the Secretary of Health in the Cook Islands.

“The award came at a time when I really appreciated the support from PMA because without the award, it would’ve been more difficult for me to carry out my role. At the time I was also completing my Postdoctoral studies at the University of Auckland.”

Dr Herman is grateful for the legacy paved by Sir Terepai Maoate and is thankful to PMA for giving her the opportunity to honor his work and leadership as the recipient of the scholarship.

“I just thought what a special moment for me in particular to be the first person to receive this award; not just about the significance of the award, but also the significance of our Cook Islands relationships and the work that he has done for the people of the Cook Islands and the Pacific as well.

It was a huge privilege and honour to receive this and I continue to contribute to improving health outcomes. It wasn’t just for that year, but in the future, this award will continue to support me to do better work; more work for our people.”

The PMA Charity Ball is on Tuesday 06 September 2022 at Te Papa Museum in Wellington. To support the PMA Education Fund to ensure more scholarships are provided for Pacific health students and professionals please click on the following link to purchase tickets and tables for the PMA Charity Ball  - https://membership.pacifichealth.org.nz/PMA-Charity-Ball-2022

Date: Monday 08 August 2022

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