17 Sep 2007

NZ Pacific Medical Association to share skills at conference in Samoa

11:22 am on 17 September 2007

A delegation from New Zealand's largest Pacific Medical Association are in Samoa to share skills and knowledge with their colleagues in the region.

Four hundred delegates from New Zealand and the Pacific will attend the annual three day meeting starting tomorrow which will be held in Samoa for the first time.

The Association was formed in 1996 and this is the 10th annual conference which is held alternatively in New Zealand and the Pacific.

One of five public health physicians in New Zealand, Dr Josephine O'mea-Herman whose also PMA's CEO says the aim is to look at solutions on how to improve the health and well-being of Pacific people.

Dr O'mea Herman of Cook Islands origin says expertise and capacity building in Pacific health in New Zealand has advanced greatly in the past ten years.

"And I think it is about time we start sharing that knowledge with our colleagues in the Pacific region because you know, basically a lot of us do commute between both countries and we do contribute to both countries throughout our lives and I think this is one of the ways of us being to acknowledge that relationship and also strengthen it."