12th PSRH Conference Vanuatu



Jul 17

Workshops start today

Radio Australia in Tok Pisin! We are starting Workshops today in: Research and Clinical Audit, Pacific Emergency Maternal and Neonatal...
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Jul 17

Newsletter in the Pacific Journal for Reproductive Health

The Secretariat and the Editorial Board of the PJRH have agreed that all news items from the Pacific will now...
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Jul 17

Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, June 2017 Issue 5 Published

The Editorial Board of the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health (PJRH) is happy to announce the publication of the 5th...
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May 17

Mary Magabe Award, Research Awards, Distinguished Service Awards

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By Alec Ekeroma / December 24, 2016

It has been a chocka of a year!

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Please donate generously to the PSRH Scholarship Fund. We aim to sponsor the education or training of a clinician from the Pacific Islands either in the Islands or in Australia or NZ. Every scholarship is worth $5,000 and is awarded annually. Since the PSRH is a Charitable Trust, your donation is acknowledge for tax purposes.


The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health is:

  • a society open to all those involved in reproductive or neonatal health care in the Pacific.
  • a society formed to foster education and assistance between members in Pacific island countries through the provision of educational workshops biennially and through development of distacne eduation modiatlities for continuing access to educational updates.
  • a network of professionals in reproductive and neonatal health providing useful links for continuing education opportunities offered in the Pacific and neighbouring countries.
  • a society which seeks to address the problems of Pacific geography and provide support for isolated heath care workers.
  • a society which seeks to provide direction and support to members in disucssions of improvements to obstetric and gynaecological services in Pacific island countries.

Who should join PSRH?

Membership of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) is open to all, however it may be of particular interest to medical practitioners and nurses with a special interest in reproductive or neonatal health care, midwives and family planning workers.

For more information please look at our membership page and email : secretariat@psrh.org.nz

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Fantastic Programme for The 12th PSRH Conference in Vanuatu

If you are not coming to the 12th PSRH Conference in Port Vila, then you will be missing out on a lot of fundamentals in professional development.Are you coming to the conference?

Dr Rufina Latu and her team in Prof Caroline Homer and Prof Glen Mola has put together a scientific programme that the PSRH Board are immensely proud of.

The copy of the programme can be viewed and downloaded from here

The Local Organising Committee led by Dr Errollyn Tungu and Midwife Apisai Tokon have put together logistical support on the ground to support a large number of delegates descending on Port Vila. In fact, a large number of colleagues from the Solomon Islands have already started arriving. Errollyn has also put together a range of social events that the participants may choose to engage in while in picturesque Port Vila.

However, it in not too late to register.  Register NOW

In welcoming the delegates to Vanuatu, the Hon Minister of Health Jerome Ludvaune has this to say:

I would like to welcome all country delegates and Pacific leaders in the area of reproductive health to Vanuatu. We have much work to do to improve reproductive health in the region. Your discussions, deliberations and recommendations will no doubt assist governments in the region including Vanuatu to accelerate progress. I understand this conference has gathered a rich mix of health professionals – including professors, specialists, doctors, midwives, nurses, researchers, public health specialists, program managers and so forth. I am pleased that our own Vanuatu health professionals are actively involved and will benefit from discussions to strengthen our own services and programs in reproductive health and maternity care.”

All accepted abstracts have been published in the June 2017 issue of the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Port Vila.


Action needed to prevent cervical cancer

In the June issue of the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, Dr Rufina Latu in an editorial, wrote:

“In the Pacific, there is a need to establish simple, practical and yet cost-effective cancer control programmes. We need to work with experts and key departments to set standards, promote surveillance, encourage evidence-based prevention, early detection and treatment, and palliative care tailored to different country settings and resource capacities. If well-planned, it is possible to establish a comprehensive cancer programme designed to reduce the number of cancer cases and deaths, and improve quality of life for cancer patients, through a systematic and equitable implementation of evidence-based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliation, making the best use of available resources in a multi- disciplinary participatory approach.”  The full article can be read here


Ultrasound Scan Workshop

RANZCOG/PSRH Basic and Advanced O&G Ultrasound training. Learning Outcomes for Basic and Advanced O&G Ultrasound training include: 1. Increased knowledge and skills in how to use the machine, orientation, optimising image and getting the measurements right 2. Increased knowledge of Basic Fetal Anatomy 3.


Training Remote Communities

Julian Mandof is a nurse from April River Sub-Health Centre which is located in the very remote part of the Ambuti District in the East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. The health centre looks after 3162 people. This year, she is studying to be a midwife at the University of Goroka. There is no road to the health centre

Our Programs



The Pacific Emergency Maternal and Neonatal Training (PEMNeT) workshop held in Auckland 31July-2Aug was a huge success. Thirty five participants from eleven countries in the Pacific took part in the training programme. The train-the-trainers workshop is part of the the implementation strategy to embed the PEMNeT training program


Catalyst4Change – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals for Women, Children and their Families Conference

The Catalyst4Change Conference exceeded all expectations. it was a celebration of Pacific culture, ingenuity and relationships. The keynote speakers rose to the task set by the TAHA team. The Setting the scene, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Hon Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, spoke on the achievements and visions


Workforce and Research benefits from Send Hope Not Flowers donation

The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Charitable Trust received Au$30,000 from Send Hope Not Flowers (HNF) charity of Australia. The co-founder of SHNF, Emma McDonald, in handing over the funds congratulated PSRH in initiating projects and delivering programmes that benefit women and children in the Pacific Islands. “


Knowledge, attitude, practice and barriers regarding safe sex and contraceptive use in rural women in Fiji.


Swaran L NAIDU, Gillian Z HELLER, Seremaia KOROI, Lauren DEAKIN, Rajat GYANESHWAR

Background: Fiji has a low contraceptive uptake rate and high rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In this paper, we report the result of a study on Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Barriers (KAPB) to safe sex and contraceptive use, conducted on 1494 rural women aged between 18 to 75 years in Fiji. The objectives of this paper are to explore the knowledge, attitudes, practice and barriers regarding safe sex and contraceptive use in rural women of Ba, Lautoka and Nadi, in Fiji.

Methods: Structured questionnaires were administered to women presenting to rural outreach Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education sessions and clinics by trained health educators.

Findings: Knowledge on how pregnancy occurred and how to avoid pregnancies was high (86% and 83% respectively), but when it came to practice 43% of women had never used a contraceptive. Despite 81% of women having completed either secondary or tertiary education, 88% were not aware of emergency contraception. Fifty-three percent of respondents were unaware that condom use provided protection against both pregnancy and STIs. Sixty-three percent knew how an STI is contracted, but 48% were unaware of any of the symptoms of STIs. Women offered ‘lack of knowledge’ (53%), ‘being married’ (17%), ‘difficulty accessing’ (10%) or ‘partner disagrees’ (7%) as the common barriers to condom use. Forty percent of women were unable to articulate a barrier to contraceptive use and said they ‘did not know’ whereas 21% said ‘fear’, 15% said ‘partner objecting’ and 5% said ‘religion’ were barriers.

Conclusion: While a high percentage of women had some knowledge of how to avoid pregnancies and how STIs were contracted this did not translate to the practice of safe sex or use of contraceptives. Review of current education and health programs is necessary to ensure that misinformation and false perceptions do not act as barriers. The influence of the partner needs further research.

Domestic Violence and its prevalence in Small Island Developing States- South Pacific Region

Charlotte Taylor

This paper reviews the collective studies of domestic violence in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in particular, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Domestic violence is one form of gender inequality. Studies have shown that domestic violence is the most severe violation of human rights causing social and economic repercussions to countries. SIDS are no exception, with increased rate of domestic violence, the countries suffer through the loss of productive labour and increase costs to the government, victims and society. By addressing domestic violence through education and workshops at the grass root level monetary funds can be diverted into other sectors of the economy, thus lifting a country’s status quo. More importantly, women and girls will have equal outcomes as men and boys; eradicating the vicious cycle of domestic violence, thus enabling a country to reach its full economic potential. Read more

A clinical perspective on cervical cancer screening in the Pacific region.

Mr Kelwyn Browne

The term Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) is increasingly being used by donors and health systems as a catch-all replacement term for family planning and reproductive health generally.  Readers of this journal are well versed in all aspects of the ‘R’ in SRH, so this article will discuss the neglected ‘S’ and argue for a dramatic increase in the amount and quality of our clinical and public health interventions to promote sexual well-being. Read more

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