PMA's partnership with Polynesian Health Corridors endorsed at PMA Conference
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has endorsed their partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Health's (MoH) Polynesian Health Corridors (PHC) programme at the 2023 PMA Conference in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Recently PMA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MoH regarding the programme to extend the impact of PMA and PHC's work and strengthen health systems in Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tuvalu and Tokelau.
PMA Life Member and Service Awards awarded to Cook Islands health leaders at 2023 PMA Conference
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) awarded Life Member and Service Awards to a group of Cook Islands health leaders last night at the annual PMA Conference Dinner, acknowledging their significant contribution to the health needs of Pacific people in the region.
Strengthening my cultural identity through Lea Faka-Tonga
Bellaraine (Bella) Hifo, a proud Tongan, is our Auckland office's Pasifika Medical Association Host. She greets everyone with a warm and polite smile when they enter the office. For Tongan Language Week, Bella shares her journey of how she grows and nurtures the Tongan culture.
PMA Conference 2023 officially opened
Welcomed with a traditional Cook Islands turou, the Pasifika Medical Association’s (PMA) 27th annual conference has kicked off at the Avarua National Auditorium in Rarotonga, seeing esteemed guests and delegates from around the Pacific region welcomed with colour, vibrancy and the beating drums of the Cook Islands.
Tongan Language Week: Dr Francis Katoa reflects on opportunity to attend the Tonga Medical Association Conference
Stepping into the Tongan Medical Conference was like being welcomed home. Hearing my mother tongue proudly spoken, the sound of Tongan hymns echoing throughout the venue, and seeing our traditional Ta’ovala worn filled me with a sense of peace. This was not just a conference; it was an exploration of our heritage, our challenges as a nation, and our aspirations for a healthier future.
2023 PMA Conference Official Programme Announced
The 27th Annual Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Conference, comprising the largest assembly of Pacific health professionals, is set to take place in the Cook Islands from September 6 to September 8, 2023 in Rarotonga, and September 11, 2023 in Aitutaki; the first PMA conference hosted in the Pacific Islands since pre-Covid. The 2023 PMA Conference is delivered in partnership with the Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health.
PMA Scholarships Reflection: Tatila Helu
We were privileged to sit down with recipient of last year's Papa'ali'i Dr Semisi Ma'ia'i Scholarship, Tatila Helu, as she shared a bit of her story and motivations behind pursuing a career in medicine. We also spoke to some of Tatila's family members who shared about some of their personal experiences as well as reflections about Tatila's journey to date.
PMA Charity Ball raises $180,000 towards Pacific Education Fund
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) held its Fourth Annual Charity Ball last week at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland, bringing together 500 guests from around the country. The event featured a blend of live music, fine dining, stories from the families of scholarship namesakes and past recipients, and a highly-anticipated auction which raised $180,000 towards PMA’s Pacific Education Fund.
PMA deploys paediatric surgical team to Fiji
Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) recently deployed a team of five paediatric surgical specialists to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji, through the New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS), which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
PMA member and Consultant Clinical Psychologist speaks on Pacific issues in mental health in New Zealand
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists illustrates the high prevalence of Pacific representation in the mental health statistics in Aotearoa as reported by the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry – Pacific Report.
Reclamation of My Language: For My Tamariki
Matangaro Nanai, a proud Cook Islander by birth, holds the position of Human Resource Manager at PMA Group. She also embraces motherhood, caring for three beautiful tamariki. For Cook Islands Language Week, Matangaro shares her story of reconnecting with her reo Kūki ‘Āirani.
Dr Kalo Lalahi: Reflections from the Tonga Medical Association (TMA) Conference
It was a poignant time of celebration and reflection when I attended the Tonga Medical Association Conference celebrating their 80th Anniversary in July. It was an excellent presentation of history, progress, success and forward thinking approach to the future.