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NZMTS: Solomon Islands paediatric cardiologist deployed to help strengthen services in Kiribati
7 Jul 24
NZMTS: Solomon Islands paediatric cardiologist deployed to help strengthen services in Kiribati
The World Health Organization reports more than 288,000 lives are claimed every year from Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), with a high concentration of these cases being located in the Pacific. It's prevalence highlights the significant inequality and inequity faced in the region, with limited resources available for people who suffer from this preventable disease. Amidst these dire statistics, we are introduced to Dr. Maryanne Kora’ai, a paediatric cardiologist, who has dedicated the past two decades of her career to addressing RHD.
Collaborative medical treatment  a lifeline for young Fijian patient
News, 30 Jun 24
Collaborative medical treatment a lifeline for young Fijian patient
In the Pacific, countless families grapple with the devastating reality that life-saving medical treatments are often out of reach. For one young Fijian boy, this was his lived experience. Struggling with Cushing’s Disease, a hormonal condition with devastating implications, his chances of diagnosis and treatment were challenging in the Pacific.
Samoan Master's student highlights impact of cardiovascular disease on Pacific families through research
News, 17 Jun 24
Samoan Master's student highlights impact of cardiovascular disease on Pacific families through research
Fetuoleaniva (Aniva) Hunkin, is on a heartfelt mission to improve Pacific health outcomes. As a recipient of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Knowledge Hub Masters Scholarship, Aniva shares with us the motivations that drive her to pursue a Master of Science, majoring in Psychology.
Promoting mental wellness for Pasifika men: Men's Health Week NZ
News, 13 Jun 24
Promoting mental wellness for Pasifika men: Men's Health Week NZ
In a society that often encourages men to uphold stoicism and suppress emotions, this week marks a significant stride towards dismantling these stereotypes with Men's Health Week.
PMA welcomes Budget 2024 investment into health and education
News, 5 Jun 24
PMA welcomes Budget 2024 investment into health and education
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Group is pleased to see the government's investment into health, announced last week as part of Budget 2024. $8.15 billion is to be invested in health over the next four years, including $3.4 billion in hospital and specialty services and $2.12 billion for primary care and public health.
Pasifika Medical Association 2024 Conference to explore theme "Vunilagi ni Bula Sautu: Living our best lives"
News, 4 Jun 24
Pasifika Medical Association 2024 Conference to explore theme "Vunilagi ni Bula Sautu: Living our best lives"
The Pasifika Medical Association's (PMA) 28th annual conference is set to take place in Christchurch, New Zealand, from November 26-27, 2024. This year’s theme, "Vunilagi ni Bula Sautu: Living our best lives", explores a holistic approach to health and well-being across all stages of life, envisioning a horizon where individuals live lives of good health and abundance.
"Showing up and being ready to listen and serve is enough to make a difference," says Samoan Junior Doctor, Tiare Jones
Community, 29 May 24
"Showing up and being ready to listen and serve is enough to make a difference," says Samoan Junior Doctor, Tiare Jones
Dr Tiare Jones is a proud Samoan Junior Doctor currently working at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland. This year for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week) Dr Tiare shares her reflections as a tama’ita’i Samoa.
NZMTS: Gynecological oncology team's visit to Samoa highlights value of partnership in the Pacific region
News, 28 May 24
NZMTS: Gynecological oncology team's visit to Samoa highlights value of partnership in the Pacific region
The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Group's recent deployment of a specialised gynecological oncology team to Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia, Samoa, was a testament to the value of partnership and supportive networks in the region.
NZMTS: Ni-Vanuatu patient is one step closer to achieving dreams of becoming a pilot
Community, 21 May 24
NZMTS: Ni-Vanuatu patient is one step closer to achieving dreams of becoming a pilot
The New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS) does not only provide access to lifesaving medical treatment in the Pacific region, buts allows for the fostering of dreams and transforming of lives.
Fijian neurosurgeon awarded President's Medal at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress 2024
News, 15 May 24
Fijian neurosurgeon awarded President's Medal at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress 2024
Dr Alan Biribo, a seasoned neurosurgeon who has spent years devoted to championing health outcomes for Fijians, was recognised at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 2024 Annual Scientific Congress, where he received the President's Medal in addition to presenting the Rowan Nicks Scholarship Lecture.
WATCH: The fight for diverse doctors in Aotearoa | Sunday Investigates
Community, 15 May 24
WATCH: The fight for diverse doctors in Aotearoa | Sunday Investigates
TVNZ Sunday recently followed the journey of former PMA Scholarship recipient and aspiring doctor, Tatila Helu. Watch the episode below.
Rotuman Language Week 2024: Sustaining Our Language and Culture
Community, 15 May 24
Rotuman Language Week 2024: Sustaining Our Language and Culture
Noa‘ia ‘e mạuri gagaj ‘atakoa, meet Dr Jewin Michael Fuatau, who is serving as a Senior Medical Officer within the Internal Medicine Department at Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) in Suva.