Samoan/Tongan Physiotherapist represents New Zealand at World Physiotherapy General Meeting in Dubai
Samoan/Tongan Physiotherapist and PMA Member, Lilo Oka Sanerivi, is currently representing New Zealand on the world stage at the World Physiotherapy General Meeting held in Dubai. Hailing from the villages of Matautu-Uta, Lefaga in Upolu, and Fusi, Safotulafai in Savaii, he holds his culture and language close to him in his work, as well as with his small business 'Ma'au', publishing bilingual Pacific language books for children with his wife.
PMA Charity Ball 2023 to strengthen Pacific health workforce by raising funds for scholarships
The Pasifika Medical Association’s (PMA) fourth annual Charity Ball is set to take place on Friday 18 August 2023 at the Cordis in Auckland. As one of PMA’s major calendar events, the ball will raise funds for PMA’s Education Fund, which are distributed through a variety of scholarships.
Junior Doctor's personal experiences drive dedication to healthcare
Through his passion for health and family experiences with medical conditions, Dr David Nair was determined to pursue a career in healthcare. Having studied Biomedical Science and Medicine at the University of Otago, Dr Nair is currently in his fourth year as a Junior Doctor and is relishing in the opportunity to continue learning and growing.
PMA expresses condolences on the passing of HRH Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) expresses our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Tupou VI, Queen Nanasipauʻū Tukuʻaho, the Royal Family and the people of Tonga on the passing of Her Royal Highness Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili.
Nursing student finds purpose in brother's memory
Hailing from the Fiji Islands, Charlene McGechan was born in Lautoka and is from the village of Maunisolo in Kadavu. Currently in her final year of a nursing degree at the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) in Whanganui, she never considered it as a pathway until a life changing moment which pushed her to pursue it as a career.
PMA Conference Abstracts: Amio Matenga Ikihele
Amio Matenga Ikihele, General Manager – Community & Innovations for Moana Connect, presented on their DIGIFALE Programme at last year's PMA Conference held in Wellington. We connected with Amio to hear some of her reflections:
PMA Scholarship Profile: Vilingatoni Hasiata
Vilingatoni was the recipient of the 2021 PMA Dr Leopino Foliaki University of Auckland Scholarship. We caught up with him around his passion for medicine and health and how the scholarship helped him during his university studies.
Budget 2023: Pasifika Futures allocated $34.5 million to continue serving Pacific families
The Pasifika Medical Association Group (PMAG) and Pasifika Futures (PFL) acknowledge the recent budget announcement which sees Whānau Ora receiving an additional $168.1 million over four years.
PMA Conference Abstracts: Dr Jemaima Tiatia & Dr Fiona Langridge
Dr Jemaima Tiatia and Dr Fiona Langridge presented on their abstract 'Investigating Mental Wellbeing And Climate Change: Privileging Pacific Peoples’ Perspectives' at last year's PMA Conference.
PACMAT Vanuatu 2023: Video Reflection
With the support of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, PMA deployed a Medical Assistance Team (PACMAT) to Vanuatu to support the response efforts following Cyclone Kevin and Judy.
PMA Conference Abstracts: Lefaoali'i Dr Dion Enari
Lefaoali'i Dr Dion Enari and Lisa Viliamu Jameson presented on their abstract "Climate Justice: a Pacific Island perspective" at last year's PMA Conference. We connected with Dr Enari to hear some of his reflections: