PMA Scholarship Profile: Ateliana Taufa
We caught up with Ateliana Taufa, recipient of the inaugural Sorensen Pacific Health Scholarship, following her graduation from the University of Otago. We also spoke with her nana who shared about the significance of Ateliana graduating.
Enabling Pacific people to reach their aspirations – PMA Charity Ball 2023
The Pasifika Medical Association’s (PMA) fourth annual Charity Ball will take place on Friday, 18 August 2023 at the Cordis in Auckland. Following on from the 2022 event, which oversaw the fundraising of over $155,00.00, all proceeds from the event will go towards the PMA Education Fund and the various scholarships that the fund supports.
Nursing student strives to be a positive role model for daughters
Second year nursing student, mother and Navigator for the South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services (SWPICS), Mel Tearetoa, hopes to influence positive change in the health sector as she pursues a profession in nursing.
Pacific Transnational Leaders Panel Reflects on Regionalism and Leadership
Last night the ‘Pacific Transnational Leaders Panel’ event brought together distinguished figures in the Pacific region to discuss the highlights and challenges of Pacific regionalism. Held at the University of Auckland, the event provided a platform for key speakers to share their insights and reflections on leadership in the Pacific region.
Nursing Graduate's Vision for a Thriving Pacific Community
Siulolo Palu, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing from Ara Institute of Canterbury – Te Pūkenga, hails from the Pacific island of Tonga. However, she believes that her true home lies within the embrace of her people, regardless of geographical location.
Men's mental health in Pacific communities improving but still needs more support
Clinical Advisor Mental Health for Pasifika Medical Association's (PMA) mental health service, Ngalu Fānifo, Dr Siale Foliaki, has worked in the mental health space for Pacific communities for the past twenty years. Speaking to RNZ, Dr Foliaki challenges the prevalent issues faced by Pacific men and mental health.
Resilience of Tongan Family Inspires the Eldest Child's Dedication to the Field of Medicine
The eldest of nine children and a proud Tongan, Tatila Helu felt called to pursue a career in health care as a result of her family's personal experiences with the health system. Ms Helu is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours (BMedSci (Hons)), in conjunction with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), at the University of Otago; last year, she was also a recipient of the PMA Papaali'i Dr Semisi Ma'ia'i Scholarship.
Tongan Gynaecological Oncologist leads team of specialists to Tonga as part of NZ Medical Treatment Scheme
The New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS), funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and delivered by the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Group, continues to support specialist treatment capacity building through training and development of systems and protocols with partnering Pacific countries.
Men's Health Week 2023: Dr Tomasi Foliaki
Dr. Tomasi Foliaki, who works as a Data Analyst for Pasifika Medical Association's (PMA) Primary Care department, weighs in on the importance of #MHW. Dr. Foliaki emphasizes that good health and well-being are essential for experiencing a high quality of life. With his friendly and positive approach, Dr. Foliaki encourages everyone to discover a physical wellness activity that brings them joy, making it easy to stay active.
Navigating healthcare system with grandmother inspiration behind nurse's pathway
Born and raised in the South Auckland suburb of Otara and a child of the Cook Islands, Remonde Manu recently graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Nursing, a profession she pursued after her grandmother was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2014.
Men's Health Week 2023: Renee Mose
Passionate about men's health, Renee Mose, Practice Advisor for Pasifika Futures Limited (PFL), draws inspiration from personal experiences and the health disparities faced by Pacific people. Renee strives to improve services and create a supportive environment, especially for Pacific people to live a prosperous life. Renee reminds us that family support can make all the difference in our health and well-being journeys!
PMA Conference Abstracts: Dr Melbourne Mauiliu-Wallis
Dr Melbourne Mauiliu-Wallis, GP and doctoral candidate, presented on her abstract at the 2022 PMA Conference; her research looked at exploring barriers, enablers and lived experiences of Pacific female doctors with pursuing a career in surgery within New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Region. We caught up with Dr Mauiliu-Wallis to hear more about her study and her experience at the Conference last year.