News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Pacific nurses scholarships awarded

Pacific nurses
scholarships awarded - Catherine Latailakepa and Tyla
Tariau, Tony Ryall

Pacific nurses scholarships awarded

31 May 2013

The first recipients of the Medibank Community Fund scholarships for Pacific nurses have been recognised at Parliament at a Pasifika Medical Association event to honour and celebrate the contribution of the association’s development of the Pacific health workforce, hosted by National List MP Alfred Ngaro.

Catherine Latailakepa and Tyla Tariau, both aged 20 from Auckland, each received scholarships covering their course fees, travel costs to and from university lectures and a 15-week work placement, worth a joint $30,000 per annum for three years. Both students started their nursing degrees this year at Auckland University.

During the work placements segment of their training, they will observe work undertaken by registered nurses at Medibank Health Solutions, including at Healthline – which is provided by Medibank for the Ministry of Health.

Catherine and Tyla were inspired to become nurses by seeing the impact of illness on their own family members. Catherine says she wants to be ‘hands on’ in primary health care, helping to raise awareness of health issues and prevent illness. She was thrilled to hear she was one of the two recipients of this scholarship. “Without this, I don't know how I would pay for my nursing degree,” she says.

Tyla has wanted to be a nurse ever since her grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. “I have learnt that some of the major health issues affecting our Pacific people are cardiovascular diseases, smoking and diabetes. I have been surrounded with family members who have had one of these illnesses. As a Pacific nurse I would want to improve the health outcomes for our people.”

The Medibank Community Fund was established by Medibank Health Solutions in 2010 to support community initiatives with a focus on improving health. The Medibank Community Fund, and the Pasifika Medical Association have partnered to develop the criteria for scholarship selection. Medibank Health Solutions General Manager New Zealand, Andrea Pettett, says the two student scholarships are an important investment in community health.

“Currently Pacific nurses are only three percent of the nursing workforce in New Zealand although Pacific people make up seven percent of our population. Sponsoring these first two scholarships demonstrates Medibank’s commitment to increasing numbers of Pacific nurses.”

The scholarships are administered by the Pasifika Medical Association a lead organisation in workforce development for the health sector. Its programmes span both the secondary and tertiary education sectors and across other health professional organisations in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

ENDS

Note to Editors. Medibank is a leading Australasian health company, which provides more than 500,000 face-to-face consultations and answers more than 1.8 million health advice, coaching and chronic disease management calls per annum. In New Zealand, Medibank Health Solutions operates Healthline for the Ministry of Health, other telephone health services, including a Mental Health Line for a number of District Health Boards, is a national lead provider of ACC Homecare services, and manages the Patient Access Centre for Midlands Health Network

The Medibank Community Fund has been established to support programmes that enable and encourage people to live longer and in good health and includes scholarships for Pacific nursing and telenursing for existing Maori nurses.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Trading Places

Greg Clydesdale, a lecturer in business at Lincoln University, has written a comprehensive account of global trade from the seventh century to modern times. More>>

Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news