Health conference heads to Aitutaki

Monday July 16, 2018 Written by Published in Health
Health secretary Dr Aumea Herman pictured during last week’s health conference on Rarotonga. 18071216 Health secretary Dr Aumea Herman pictured during last week’s health conference on Rarotonga. 18071216

The 20th Annual Cook Islands Health Conference 2018 will continue with a two-day session in Aitutaki, starting this morning.

The annual conference started in Rarotonga last week where a three-day session was held, ending on Friday.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Celebrating Knowledge”. Presentations and discussions at the meeting will be based around non-communicable diseases, research, mental health, and family health.

Health secretary Aumea Herman said the conference in Aitutaki would be a special one.

“I think what will be special about Aitutaki is that we will contextualise the conference to the settings in Aitutaki,” Herman said.

“About 10 years ago, we did discuss going to the outer islands besides Rarotonga and Aitutaki, to places such as Atiu, Mauke, Mangaia and I think now that we have Minister for Health (Rose Brown) who hails from Atiu, there is good chance we might take the conference there.

“At the end of the day, this belongs to people and we are here to serve our people.

“And the sooner we get on that job done, the better for everybody.”

Deputy prime minister Mark Brown is expected to open the conference in Aitutaki this morning.

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