Welcome to the new home of the PACIFIC HEALTH DIALOG. We are OPEN ACCESS. About PHD

Conventions of Open Access are:

  • The articles and Journal are free to readers
  • Authors retain copyright
  • Authors pay a fee to publish


It is with pleasure to welcome new members of the Editorial Board as confirmed by the PMA Board.

Mr Jitoko Cama, Paediatric Surgeon, Hon Senior Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Auckland

Dr Kiki Maoate, President Pasifika Medical Association, Associate Dean Pacific, University of Otago

Dr Rosaline Richards,  Senior Research Fellow, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago.

Assoc Professor Faafetai Sopoaga, Associate Dean Pacific, Division of Health Science, University of Otago

Dr El-Shadan Tautolo, Director Pacific Islands Family Study, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Senior Lecturer, School of Maori and Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

We will be incorporating more Board members for the interest of balance of skills, knowledge, and experience in research.

We also plan to have corresponding authors from major institutions in the Pacific and Pacific-rim countries.

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We aim to share our health evidence and stories and most of Pacific history were disseminated through the best of oral traditions - in stories shared around the kava bowl, in poetry and in song.

Health gain is usually through a people inspired for change. inspiration.  Nothing is out of bounds as long as it relates to promoting the health research,

Let us inspire colleagues and communities by recounting evidence and health messages in new ways. Let us be the change.

Enjoy the link to VoicePlay with their version of Moana


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Country and Institutional Editors and Reviewers perform an important function for any biomedical journal. They not only assist the Editorial Management team but they also assist in promotions for manuscripts and readership. They are an important lifeline between evidence publication and clinical researchers and scientists.

The Pacific Health Dialog is inviting applications for Country or Institutional Editors from countries and key institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, United States of America and others. We are also looking for reviewers in any area of health.

Please email your CV to pmagroup.co.nz if you are interested.


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The Pasifika Medical Association invites you to submit an abstract to present your research programs, models of care and best practice in relation to Pacific Health. This year we are accepting abstracts for oral papers.  Please ensure your abstract demonstrates a connection to the conference theme.  

6th- 8th September 2023 | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

8th September 2023 | Aitutaki, Cook Islands
The PMA Conference theme for 2023  "Participate, Reinvigorate & Innovate".

Our key themes are:

BEST PRACTICE: Primary care and health system resilience
BOLD INNOVATION: Mental health access and integration
BEING BRAVE: Humanitarian assistance and responding to the climate crisis
BRILLIANT: Our future workforce

Submissions for abstracts are still open and will be published in future publications after the conference. 

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Original Research

Associations between diabetes-related symptoms, glycemic control, and health-related quality of life in adult Samoans

Anna Rivara, Alysa Pomer, Abigail Wetzel, Satupaitea Viali, Take Naseri, Muagututia Seifuiva Reupena, Erin E Kershaw, Stephen T McGarvey, Nicola L Hawley


Identification of mental health and substance use-related conditions among Pasifika young people in Aotearoa New Zealand - a national cross-sectional study using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI)

Troy Ruhe, Nick Bowden, Reremoana Theodore, Brittany Stanley-Wishart , Sarah Hetrick, Hiran Thabrew, Matt Hobbs, Lukas Marek, Jesse Wiki, Joseph Boden, Jesse Kokaua


Examining case complexity among Pasifika with autism/Takiwātanga in Aotearoa New Zealand: a national cross-sectional study

Troy Ruhe, Betty Kolose-Pulefolau, Siale Foliaki, Nicholas Bowden, Rosalina Richards, Jesse Kokaua


Traditional kava use and body sway: A pilot investigation

S. 'Apo' Aporosa, Kim Hébert-Losier, Harvey Aughton



A perspective on Illicit drug use for Pacific people living in New Zealand

Vili Nosa, Dwaine Faletanoai , Audrey Po'e-Tofaeono , David Newcombe


Conference Proceedings

Case Reports

Thoracic spinal cord compression & aortic thrombosis; an unusual presentation of seminoma

Jonathan Johns , Poasa Cama, Avinash Sharma, David Adern


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