Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa
- Home grown solutions
- Non-communicable diseases in paradise
- Pasifika Health and Nutrition Challenges
- Determinants of health for Pacific people
- Pacific Health Promoter urges focus on prevention
- Inequalities stymie health gains for Polynesians - Manawatu Standard
- Tonga prioritises NCDs
- Kautaha: a strengths-based approach to building health and wellbeing
- Matapoto pea Lotopoto
- Call for action on Pacific Child Poverty - Dec 2013
Topics of discussion
NCDs in paradise
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are among the most serious threats to global prosperity and 80% of NCD deaths occur in lower income countries. Dr Viliami Puloka outlined the scale of the challenge at the Population Health Congress in Hobart, Tasmania in September 2015. View his slides here.
Pasifika Health and Nutrition Challenges
The Pacific community in the islands and in NZ are nutritionally challenged. They have the lion’s share of nutritionally related health issues, including one of the highest rate of obesity and diabetes in the world. This is the conclusion of Dr Viliami Puloka's 2015 presentation on Pasifika Health and Nutrition Challenges.
Determinants of Health for Pacific people
"A great part of the solution to health inequity and the challenge to address health problems has to be found outside the health sector, by addressing social determinants of health." This is the main thrust of a presentation by HPF's Senior Health Promotion Strategist Dr Viliami Puloka. November 2015
Pacific Health Promoter urges focus on prevention
October 2015: HPF's Senior Health Promotion Strategist Dr Viliami Puloka predicts that prevention, via health promotion and public health will be the most important factor in health and wellbeing in the future. Read the article.
'Inequalities stymie health gains for Polynesians' - Manawatu Standard
An article in the 15 December 2014 Manawatu Standard makes a poignant statement and raises important concerns on Māori and Pacific health. HPF Deputy Executive Director, Trevor Simpson comments.
Tonga prioritises NCDs
HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist in charge of the Pacific portfolio, Dr Viliami Puloka, reports that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - many of which are preventable - are the overwhelming cause of death in Tonga. The good news is that Tonga recognises the problem and is prioritising it at government level.
Kautaha: a strengths-based approach to building health and wellbeing
Pacific families and communities are taking increased control over their wellbeing and future, with initiatives such as Whanau Ora and Fanau Ola. With this trend comes a corresponding need to better understand the philosophies of these indigenous cultures.
In this article HPF's Executive Director Sione Tu'itahi explores kautaha: one of the underlying concepts that inspire and inform the Māori and Pacific veiw of self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Matapoto pea Lotopoto
HPF's Executive Director, Sione Tu'itahi looks at the Tongan concepts of matapoto (intelligence and shrewdness) and lotopoto (wisdom and ethics) as they are reflected in the values of many Pacific nations. In this paper he aims to contribute to the development of Pacific leadership in health, education and other sectors in this paper.
Call for action on Pacific child poverty - Dec 2013
Pacific health researchers called for a greater focus and action around Pacific children in their early years to break the cycle of poverty. Read the press release.
Social determinants of health - towards an equitable Pacific health workforce - winter 2013
In her 2013 peer reviewed paper, Dr Roannie Ng Shiu points out the importance of Pacific representation in all sectors of the health workforce. “The need for ethnic diversity in the health workforce is wider than just the medical and clinical setting,” she concludes. “Patient and client satisfaction and choice in accessing quality healthcare are important issues.
Dr Ng Shiu was writing a paper as part of HPF’s Keeping Up to Date series. At the time she was Community Engagement Research Fellow at the Institute of Pacific Studies at the National University of Australia, Canberra.
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