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PhD student develops innovative exercise programme using Cook Islands dance

Troy Tararo-Ruhe (Ma’uke, Cook Islands/Tuwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Aotearoa) loves his sport and is passionate about dancing. The 26-year-old PhD student from the University of Otago has developed an exercise programme called Niu Movement, which uses cultural performance and blends it with contemporary resistance training to make a high-energy fitness regime. The programme will inform Troy’s […]

Pacific students speak out about period poverty

A significant number of New Zealand teenagers are missing school and work because they can’t afford sanitary items. New research has shown that the situation is worse for Māori and Pasifika youth.

More work needed for Pasifika in Health and Disability System Review – Dr Colin Tukuitonga

The Health and Disability System Review released this week was touted as a shake up of the health system. But Pacific health leaders are disappointed that the report says little about the needs of Pasifika people.

Pasifika men unite to tackle health issues

June is Men’s Health Month in New Zealand. John Pulu met a group of men in South Auckland who are tackling health issues through a free group fitness programme - and not even the COVID-19 lockdown could stop them from reaching their goals.

Tongan scientist heads team that discovers protein link in stillbirth risk

Associate Professor and senior scientist at Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne, Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino and her core team of three practicing obstetricians have discovered a new novel protein measurable in the bloodstream that can help predict which women are at risk of stillbirth.Kaitu’u-Lino says the newly discovered protein, called SPINT 1, is needed in the body to help with a healthy placenta, which provides oxygen and nutrients to the baby and helps it to grow. Their research has found SPINT 1 is reduced in women who are carrying a small or poorly grown baby - indicating there could be a risk of stillbirth.“Small babies are at the greatest risk of being born still,” Kaitu’u-Lino says. “This research is so important because at the moment birth rates haven’t changed in the last decade. In Australia, one in every 130 pregnancies is lost to still birth. So, it means every single day five, six, seven families are facing this tragedy. I think the main reason we haven’t been able to change outcomes for these women is because our ability to understand the size of the baby is still quite poor, so in the clinic they might do an ultra sound or put a tape measure over Mum’s tummy, but we know those tools aren’t very accurate. So the work we are doing is trying to accurately tell doctors which babies are at risk and which babies are poorly grown.”She says the goal would be to study the molecules in proteins like SPINT1 to be able to produce new treatments to help babies grow better in the womb.“The ultimate goal of all our team is to make sure that every parent gets to take home a healthy baby, and I think if we can do this by reducing stillbirth, that would be a huge breakthrough for everyone.”

Wellbeing Hub helping South Auckland families through Covid-19

The Southseas Healthcare Wellbeing Hub in Ōtara provides a range of services, from help with filling out online forms to pregnancy support and food parcels.

Le Va launches new Pasifika Suicide Prevention Community Fund

New Zealand not-for-profit Pasifika organisation Le Va has been selected by the Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Commissioning Office to administer part of a $3.1 million community fund which supports communities to create innovative solutions to prevent suicide. Le Va Chief Executive and clinical psychologist Denise Kingi-Uluave said, “A critical aspect of preventing suicide requires a […]

Porirua health business takes PPE supply into its own hands after delay

Following a delay in delivery of essential personal protective equipment, owners of Pacific Health Plus (PHP) in Cannons Creek, Eastern Porirua, decided to take matters into their own hands. “During lockdown we realised that we did not have sufficient protective gear for our staff based at our primary healthcare centre, Pacific Health Plus in Porirua,” […]