Workforce – Strengthening Strategies and Supporting Careers
11th, 12th and 13th October 2012
Waipuna Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
This year’s conference will focus on how we as health workers play a number of roles in the community. We are healers, leaders, supporters and comforters. We interact with all members of our family and community from the elderly to the newly born. We possess a unique gift as powerful advocates for change to benefit the people we serve from delivering essential services to advocating for improved conditions within our communities. It is estimated that there are over 50 countries with critical shortages in their health workforce. This is estimated by WHO, (2006) to be in the range of 4 million doctors, nurses, midwives, public health workers and managers. In New Zealand and the Pacific region, the challenge to develop and support a well-trained and skilled workforce to meet the health needs of the countries populations, is high on the agenda of Governments and health policy makers. Everyone should have access to essential health care. A health system with the right workforce, in the right place, available at the right time is critical to improving health outcomes. The 2012 Pasifika Medical Association Conference this year is focused on “Workforce – Strengthening Strategies and Supporting Careers”.
It will be attended by 350 people and is the largest gathering of Pacific Health Professionals in the region. It will be attended primarily by Pacific health professionals from New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Niue, Solomon Islands.
The conference is delivered and managed by Pacific health professionals in consultation with colleagues from the region which ensures the conference themes and activities are relevant to contexts within the region.
The core focus of the meeting is health and education for health professionals. The overall strategy for the conference is to strengthen the workforce which will improve the provision of basic health services and provide sustainability in the workforce.