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ANIVA Programme Produces Another 27 Pacific Graduates


27 Pacific students are about to join the ranks of their post-graduate peers when they graduate tomorrow, Thursday 15 March 2018 at a ceremony held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.

9 students will be graduating with a Master of Professional Practice (Leadership), and 18 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care (Pacific Health).

“It’s an achievement that’s well worth celebrating – both for the students themselves and all the hard work and dedication they’ve put in, and for the wider community of Pacific health workers," says Debbie Ryan, Director of Pacific Perspectives Limited.

“Last year was the first year we saw graduates for the Master of Professional Practice (Leadership), with three students receiving the inaugural award. To have a further nine students graduating with a Masters level qualification this year, and 18 others with a Postgraduate Diploma is quite a feat.”

The Aniva programme is delivered in partnership with Whitireia New Zealand, with approximately 120 Pacific nurses and midwives having participated in the programme since 2012.

With Pacific people making up only 2% of the regulated health workforce and being 25% less likely to enrol in Postgraduate study; the Aniva Programme is making a vital contribution to turning these figures around.

“As of 2015, the Aniva programme accounts for nearly one in every six postgraduate health enrolments for Pacific people and almost one in every four postgraduate level completions for Pacific people.

“Our Pacific health workers are very talented and incredibly passionate about their work. The Aniva programme offers a Pacific-centred approach to postgraduate study and provides both the challenge and the support they need to flourish,” adds Dr Ryan.

Manogi Eiao is just one example. Since graduating last year, Ms Eiao has been invited to present her postgraduate research findings at the Biennial Australian and NZ Home Dialysis Conference and recently received the David Lilley Award for her work exploring the influence of values and beliefs on renal replacement therapy decisions.

“As proud as we are of the programme, it’s the students themselves who are making the real difference,” says Dr Ryan.

The Aniva programme was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and designed by Pacific Perspectives Limited. It aims to support Pacific nurses in developing the skills they need to deliver evidence-based healthcare to Pacific people and communities.

Of the 9 Master’s graduands, 6 have identified as Samoan, 1 Cook Islander, 1 Fijian, and 1 Tokelauan. The majority of graduands reside in Auckland.

“We are seeing great results and we will continue to do all we can to support the Pacific health workforce to further develop the knowledge, skills and abilities our nurses need to deliver excellent health care to their communities,” Dr Ryan adds.


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