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PACMAT nurse Mary-Rose Muller with children from Mango Island

Tonga: NZ medical team notices signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Mental health is a concern in Tonga, as the country's struggle to recover from the January volcanic eruption has been made even more difficult by the current Covid-19 restrictions. New Zealand's Pacific Medical Association says that people are starting to show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption was a one-in-1000-year disaster. The resulting tsunami and ash cloud fallout have devastated the Kingdom. Waves up to 15 metres high destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out entire villages. Miraculously only three people were killed.

"They thought it was World War III" said Amanaki Misa, the Pacific Medical Association team leader currently stationed in Tonga.

Click here to read more via RNZ.

Kiwi medical team in Tonga helping mental health fallout after tsunami

A Kiwi medical team in Tonga is overwhelmed by the level of mental health support needed by those affected from the volcanic eruption and tsunami three months ago.

More medical supplies headed to Tonga

Moana Pasifika rugby players were loading a container in Onehunga last week. The Goods, medical supplies heading to Tonga.

Cabinet thank PACMAT team from New Zealand for their expertise and contribution during Niue’s first case of Covid in MIQ

Premier Dalton Tagelagi says that Cabinet is very pleased with the work of the team from the Pacific Medical Association Medical Assistance from New Zealand.

Call to Pacific health sector to help with Auckland Omicron outbreak

The Pasifika Medical Association is looking for interested Pacific clinicians and health practitioners to join its medical assistance deployment to help fight the Omicron outbreak in Auckland.


Upcoming events

    • 18 Aug 2023
    • The Great Room, Cordis Hotel

    Pasifika Medical Association presents the fourth annual Charity Ball & Auction, held on Friday 18th August 2023 in the Great Room, Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

    The Association has been championing excellence in healthcare and practice throughout New Zealand and the region since 1996. To acknowledge this service and commitment, members of the association established the Pasifika Medical Association Education Fund, which provides study grants and support to Pacific secondary and tertiary students focused on a career in health and Pacific Doctors and Nurses to undertake short courses and study tours. 

    Tickets include:

    • Entry to the PMA Charity Ball & Auction
    • 3-course meal
    • Premium beverages on the table 
    • Live entertainment throughout the night
    • The opportunity to contribute greatly to a cause that touches us all - the support and development of our Pacific health workforce.

    For more information, please click here.

    • 6 Sep 2023
    • 8 Sep 2023
    • Rarotonga, Cook Islands
    The Pasifika Medical Association celebrates 27 years of successful navigation this year and is proud to collaborate with Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health to host the 2023 PMA Conference in the Cook Islands. This year's theme is "Te 'Ākirāta 'Ou - The New Dawn" and will be held on the 6th - 8th September 2023 in Rarotonga, and the 11th September 2023 in Aitutaki.

    Our key themes are:

    • BEST PRACTICE: Primary care and health system resilience
    • BOLD INNOVATION: Mental health access and integration
    • BEING BRAVE: Humanitarian assistance and responding to the climate crisis
    • BRILLIANT: Our future workforce

    The Annual PMA Conference remains the largest meeting of Pacific health workers and professionals in our region. 

    For more information about the Conference, please click here.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Please note: If you currently reside in the Cook Islands, please register here.


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