Pacific Health in Auckland
ProCare represents 30% of New Zealand’s enrolled Pacific population which is 49% of Pacific population in metro-Auckland. This consists of 44,000 Samoans, 20,000 Tongans, 14,000 Cook Islanders, 11,000 Fijians, 6,000 Niueans and others.
In 2019 ProCare practices exceeded national health targets for Pacific people for smoking brief advice, CVD risk assessment and secondary prevention - Triple Therapy.
ProCare practices exceed the national target for 8 month immunisations in 2019 reaching 96% (target 95%)
Pacific Advisory Committee
ProPa - ProCare's Pacific Advisory Committee, has provided guidance and advise for the organisation over the past 20 years. Most ProCare initiatives require ProPa endorsement before implementation.
Established in 2000, ProPa advises and supports ProCare in recognising the special place Pacific people have in New Zealand, to respond to the diverse culture of Pacific people, and to promote health and wellbeing amongst Pacific communities.
Supporting Pacific communities during COVID
- Supported the opening of various vaccination centres
- ProCare staff appointed as the Cold Chain Lead at the Tongan vaccination pop up site where over 3000 people were vaccinated
- ProCare staff appointed as one of the Clinical Leads at the South Seas Healthcare Pacific Locality Vaccination Centre in Otara
- ProCare supported clinics with high Māori and Pacific whanau in flu vaccination drive-throughs
Supporting the next generation of Pacific nurses
ProCare in partnership with the Unitec Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce the winner of the top Pacific nurse award for 2021 - Imelda Rokoua.
ProCare’s prize in nursing was established in 2019 to recognise high-achieving Pacific nursing students, encourage interest in primary care and support the wider community.
This award is an extension of ProCare’s Top Pacific and Māori Medical Award – in partnership with The University of Auckland, which has been in place since 2003.
Pasifika Medical Association
ProCare is a regular sponsor of the PMA conference.
2019 Key Themes:
- Responding to the rising effects of Climate Change
- Turning Ripples into Waves: New Approaches to Workforce Development
- Navigating the Future Toward Positive Mental Health
- Turning the Tide on Non-Communicable Diseases
Nearly 200 families participated in the '21/22 Garden4Health challenge.
The challenge gave families knowledge on how to plant, tend, harvest and eat garden produce.
It taught children the importance of healthy eating and gave people an outlet during challenging COVID-19 lockdowns.
In partnership with Moana Research, 45 phones were provided to participants from 3 churches.
The purpose was to upskill the older generation to use their phones to confidently access the patient portal for virtual GP consults.
Younger people from each church were taught to be 'trainers' and champions for the older participants. It was also intended to teach the younger generation about virtual care and improve engagement in primary care.