Health expert guest speaker

Monday May 02, 2016 Written by Published in Health

The Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation is holding its  Annual General Meeting this evening.


The meeting will be addressed by Debbie Sorenson, a health strategist and management expert specialising in projects that address the health challenges facing populations in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

Sorenson, who has an impressive track record in change management and has played a leading role in the health reforms of the 1980s and 90s in New Zealand, is to give an analysis of the state of women’s health in the Pacific.

Sorenson was instrumental in the establishment of the Pacific health sector and has received a number of awards acknowledging her work in the region.

 In 2011 she was awarded a prestigious ANIVA Health Leadership Fellowship which helped her to complete an executive leadership programme at Harvard University.

In 2015 she received a Dame Commander Royal Order of Tonga from His Majesty King Tupou VI recognising her services to the people of Tonga.

Sorenson is currently the  CEO of Pasifika Futures, working with more than 4000 Pacific families to improve outcomes.

She is also the CEO of the Pasifika Medical Association, Director of Health Specialists, Chair of “Make a Wish” Pacific and a Trustee of Fred Hollows Foundation.

She has spent her career working with underserved communities in New Zealand and in designing and delivering specialist health services in Pacific countries in the region.

No stranger to Rarotonga, Sorenson works throughout the Pacific region including the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, the Solomons, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Members and prospective members of the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation are encouraged to attend the AGM this evening and to hear Sorenson speak. The meeting starts at  5pm, Café Salsa.      - Release

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