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Cook Islands to host health conference

Wednesday 26 April 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National

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Cook Islands to host health conference
Ministry of Health nurses at the 2019 Health Conference.19071007 / LOSIRENE LACANIVALU

Cook Islands will host the upcoming Pasifika Medical Association Conference in September.

According to Pasifika Medical Association Group (PMA), the conference will be held in partnership with Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health.

It will be held from September 6 to 8 in Rarotonga before the conference moves to Aitutaki for the final day on September 11.

The PMA will be celebrating 27 years of successful navigation this year with the theme Te 'Ākirāta 'Ou - The New Dawn.

The key themes of the conference 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 and Brilliant: Our Future Workforce.

PMA says the annual event remains the largest meeting of Pacific health workers and professionals in the region. 

It enables them to reach beyond their geographical boundaries, move out from everyday concerns and share collective innovations, learnings, and best practices.

The conference has a history of providing an information-rich environment for attendees to interact, share and improve knowledge and aspirations in a friendly and supportive environment.

The conference was last held in the Cook Islands in 2019.