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Talking health on beautiful Aitutaki

Friday July 15, 2016 Written by Published in Outer Islands
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A LARGE turnout of delegates (pictured above) attended the 2016 Cook islands Health conference on Aitutaki.


The venue was the Amuri Hall and following opening remarks from the secretary of the Ministry of Health, Elizabeth Iro, the conference was officially opened by health minister Nandi Glassie.

The first presentation was on obesity and was delivered by Dr Joseph Williams. Then followed Georgina Greville and Dr Teariki Puni’s information on stopping gout.

Asthma was covered by Stella Neale, from the Ministry of Health, and then came a presentation on Growing up in New Zealand for Pasifika. That covered exploring the nutritional attitudes and practices of 13 to 16-year-olds. Then information was collected through a wide school-based survey.

The afternoon session focused on Trauma Management, by Dr Deacon Teapa, and registered nurse Metua Tuarae talked on Motor Vehicle Trauma on Aitutaki.

Metua Bates then told the conference about the Cook Islands Suicide Prevention Project. Other talks were: Trauma with Necrotising Fascitis, by Dr Makin, and Making the Right Choice on the Health Protection Unit in Aitutaki.