17 Sep 2007

NZ Pacific Medical conference gets underway in Samoa for first time tomorrow

6:21 am on 17 September 2007

The New Zealand Pacific Medical Association or PMA conference will be held for the first time in Samoa starting tomorrow with around 400 delegates from the region attending.

PMA which is the largest Pacific health workforce in New Zealand, was set up in 1996 to provide a voice for health workers

This is the 10th conference which is held alternatively in New Zealand and the region.

The convenor and President Dr Andrew Chen-Low says this conference is sponsored by NZAID, and the aim is to listen to what Pacific health workers need.

"Meeting what's policy solutions and also what people in the Pacific do really want from foreign aid, and it is one of the major roles in this year's conference is to listen to those people and formulate a strategy for the future."