As part of the Nursing and Midwifery celebrations in the first week of May, the Pacific Nursing and Midwifery Leaders Group held the second Talanoa networking forum for this year at Ko Awatea.
Talanoa was attended by over 80 health professionals – doctors, medical students, nurses, nursing students, social workers, social worker students and educators.
We were very privileged to have two guest speakers from Wellington for Talanoa.
The first speaker was Fuimaono Karl Pulotu Endemann (RN), Principal of Alo-o Tuatagaloa and Health Sector Consultant who shared the cultural significance of the word ‘Talanoa’ (to talk/speak/discuss/tell stories) and linked it beautifully to his presentation on ‘Pacific nursing contribution to health care innovation’ using Pacific nursing innovations that he has been instrumental in developing and leading.
The second speaker was Dr Debbie Ryan, Director of Pacific Perspectives who has links to South Auckland as being a former GP at Southseas Health care and also worked at the Ministry of Health. Dr Ryan delivered a very thought provoking and interesting presentation on ‘Pacific nursing and midwifery contribution to workforce development’ and included information on a project that she was recently commissioned to undertake on the national Pacific workforce.
You will see more about the presentations by viewing the video presentation.