Cook Islands Nurses Association (CINA) president Nga Manea says skills and much knowledge were shared during the conference, showing how the association will achieve its aim of ‘Transforming Leadership – Nurses as Change Agents for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific.’
“We must support each other, upkeep professional development to maintain clinical practice and understand the different perspectives and environments at the Pacific level,” she says.
“Nurses need support from communities, health professionals and governments to enable us to achieve our plan.”
WHO Chief Nurse Liz Iro said, “We have definitely progressed. There is a good level of care in the Pacific that can be shared.
“For example, Tonga has clinics managed by nurses (who work on) isolated islands.”
“We are delivering quality care and raising the standards of care, education models have been tailored to suit the island context; accreditation, practices and skills have improved focused on nursing and midwifery.”
Iro was very impressed with this week’s meeting and commended CINA and president Nga Manea for the management and organisation of the forum.
Cook Islands Nurses Association Aotearoa (CINAA) President Metuamaru Daniel-Atutolu says a highlight for her was the cultural hospitality, its values, practices and respect: “the core qualities also innate in nursing”.
Her session focused on transformational nursing practice through Pasifika cultural immersion, with enriched self identity and connection.
Sonya Apa Temata, a nurse specialist in HIV & Sexual Assault & Forensics services Auckland District Health Board (DHBs) delivered a presentation titled, “Framing Cook Islands Indigenous Epistemologies - An approach to Health and Well Being.”
“It takes a village to raise a child – a collective approach, often it takes just a small community to remind us of the realities of the issues that we are currently fighting for and against’ she says.
“Resilience comes in many forms, built on courage, connectedness and decolonising the mind.
“As I look across this forum, I see many of our indigenous people and nations struggle to maintain, exercise and self determine their own rights and privileges.
“As nurse leaders we as a collective have the opportunity to achieve much more.
“This forum speaks of transformational leadership through nursing. We are a greater voice united.”
Temata is of Cook Islands Maori/Tahitian descent and has worked in several areas of health care in the Pacific.
She currently works with all three Auckland District Health Boards specialising in HIV and sexual assault and forensics services.
This year she was awarded the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards for the Pacific, recognising her voluntary services.