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

 

New outreach clinics to help Pasifika

New outreach clinics to help Pasifika

25 July 2014

New outreach clinics have been set up by the Central PHO to provide easy access to health services for Pasifika people in the MDHB region.

With a Pasifika population of around 8000 people in the MDHB area, the need for more targeted services was recognised by the Pasifika Health Service which set out to provide an easy access health service.

As a result of these efforts, two nurse-led clinics have been set up, one at the community centre at Bill Brown Park, Havelock Ave, Palmerston North that runs from 10am-4pm on a Tuesday; the other is at the Horowhenua Health Centre, Liverpool Street, Levin and runs 10am-4pm on a Friday.

These clinics are free for Pasifika patients and provide nursing assessments, health checks, health education and physical activity education. The clinics support and provide linkages to other health service providers in the region such as Children’s Eczema Service and specialist nursing services as with Long Term Conditions. The service is also available to provide on-going support to Pasifika families to access GPs and hospital care.

Folole Fai, who provides help with long-term conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, and heart health, is encouraging Pasifika to visit the service, even if it is just for a normal check-up.

She said: “A very important part of health is getting regular check-ups to ensure that symptoms of ill health are identified early and managed, or to keep track of any existing health issues and conditions. Such checks only take a few minutes and finding illnesses early can save a lot more trouble in the long run.”

Alisi Vudiniabola, who works with maternal and child health, wants Pasifika women and mothers to attend the clinic if they have any health worries either about themselves or their children.

She said: “This service helps mothers and children to access services such as finding a midwife, a GP (Dr), or accessing a Well Child Provider service in the MidCentral region. In addition to the health services available, the team also provides support for social concerns and can assist in navigating appropriate social services, to help Pasifika families improve their status of health and social wellbeing. The clinic is a health information awareness centre where Pasifika families can come to for any health service information they may need.”

People can simply attend the times at either Bill Brown Park or Horowhenua Health Centre with no appointment necessary. For further information or to discuss anything please contact either Folole Fai or Alisi Vudiniabola at Health on Main phone (06) 354 9107 or Horowhenua Health Centre (06) 367 6433.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Kakī: World’s Rarest Wading Bird Released In Mackenzie Basin

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the birds will add to the 60 released into the Tasman valley earlier this month, significantly boosting the wild population. More>>

ALSO:

IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland