PMA works collaboratively with other Pacific and non-Pacific organisations to deliver a number of programmes.
Two programmes are run across Auckland secondary schools and Tertiary Institutions throughout New Zealand, supporting the aspirations of young Pacific people and the growing number of Pacific health professionals.
In addition, PMA supports some the Pacific Health Professional Organisations (PHPO) including Tonga, Fiji, Samoan Nurses, to further develop and strengthen the Pacific health workforce.
PMA is responsible for coordinating an annual conference, the biggest single meeting of Pacific health professionals in any year.
Healthcare Heroes is a programme developed to support young Pacific students who are considering a career in healthcare. The programme involves working with Otahuhu College and Tamaki College to support the academic success of young Pacific students and to support school based staff including science teachers, careers advisors and general staff members to guide young Pacific students into pursuing a health science career.
Students Are Our Future is a programme developed by Pasifika Medical Association as a response to the urgent need to increase the level and mix of Pacific health professionals participating in the New Zealand health sector workforce. The programme aims to improve the completion rates for students in health science programmes through supporting students in reaching their career goals by targeting health workforce priority areas. These include medicine, nursing, dietetics, podiatry, speech language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical laboratory technology and midwifery.
The Professional Organisations’ group aims to strengthen the Pacific Health workforce in New Zealand. The group has come together as one to share ideas, network and form a collaborative voice to provide quality health services to strengthen the Pacific health workforce. The main aim of the Professional Organisations is to contribute to the sustainability of Pacific Health providers in New Zealand through delivering quality health services that are responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.
PMA is responsible for coordinating an annual conference, the biggest single meeting of Pacific health professionals in any year. The 16th annual conference was held in the Kingdom of Tonga, for 2013. Youth of Today – Our Future Tomorrow 2013 was the theme of the event, focusing on Youth Health (Clinical), Youth Careers and Education (Workforce) and Youth Focus (Research). The 2014 conference will be held in Wellington New Zealand.