Pasifika Medical Association Service & Life Awards 2017

Pasifika Medical Association Service & Life Awards 2017

The Pasifika Medical Association Service Awards and Life Awards recognises its members for their outstanding service to pacific health.

The recipients of the PMA Service Award this year are:

Dr Paula Vivili, Director Public Health Division of Pacific Community (SPC)

Mr Abel Smith, Clinical Nurse Director Pacific Health/Workforce Waitemata and Auckland District Health Board

Both have demonstrated excellence in the health sector.

Mr Smith was acknowledged for his commitment in the promotion and development of Pacific nurses, nursing and other health and allied professionals.

Mr Vivili was acknowledged for his years of service to the Ministry of Health Tonga, the Pacific Community (SPC) and for his role as Pacific Advisor on various Research Boards.

The Life Awards were awarded to:

Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma, Editor in Chief of the Pacific Health Dialog and Head of Pacific Women’s Research Unit, Middlemore Hospital

Dr Ate Moala, Clinical Director of Pacific Orthopaedics

Mrs ‘Eseta Finau, President Tongan Nurses Association and Family & Community Relationships Manager at Pasifika Futures Ltd

The recipients are influential figures in the Pacific healthcare sector and are active in improving Pacific health services and training.

Mrs Debbie Sorensen says it is a privilege to be able to recognise our Pacific leaders for their years of service and commitment to our communities and families.   Congratulations to the recipients of the PMA Service and Life Awards for this year.

All were honoured and humbled to be recipients of this year’s PMA Service and Life Awards.

The Awards Dinner was held on the 28th September 2017 at Le Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa in New Caledonia.