Dr Ate Moala was born and educated in Tonga and did her medical training at Otago Medical School in the 1980s. She works in Pacific health on several fronts. She combines general practice work among the Pacific community in Wellington with her role as Clinical Director of Pacific Orthopaedics and her work as a Public Health Physician on public health policy and Pacific health research projects.
Throughout her career she has been involved in many health-related activities and assumed various positions of responsibility in the Pacific health sector. She has been Vice-President and President of the Pasifika Medical Association and is a Board Member of the Pacific Health Research and Development Foundation Trust.
A member of the Health Research Council for many years, she has a long-standing interest in research on issues affecting Pacific health, such as breast cancer, asthma, immunisation, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Her findings have been published in medical journals and publications.
She has a Master of Public Health degree from Otago University.