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Nov 16

PEMNeT takes off in Kiribati

  By Dr Ioanna Beiataua (supplements by Dr Sharron Bolitho) "We started the PEMNeT training as soon as we returned...
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Nov 16

PSRH President Speaks at Cairns Fund Raiser

Midwife Kathy Gapirongo, PSRH President, was a guest speaker at a Send Hope Not Flowers Charity function hosted by the...
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Nov 16

PSRH Mary Magabe Scholarship Awarded to Sr Kinisena Bolalevu

Three applications for the PSRH May Magabe Scholarship were received by deadline. The PSRH Board congratulates Charge Midwife Kinisena Bolalevu of...
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Nov 16

New Programme Coordinator -Donelle Thompson

Donelle Thompson has been appointed into the role last week as Sheetal Naidu has found full-time employment.Donelle comes to us...
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Nov 16

Poor Response to Research Awards

There were only four applications received by deadline for ten NZ$500 research awards which were designed to encourage research activity...
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Oct 16

Brian Spurrett Fellowships 2016, funded by the RANZCOG Foundation

During 2016, two Brian Spurrett Fellowships were awarded by RANZCOG as follows Dr Falahola Fuka, of Tonga, attended the Gynaecology...
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Oct 16

NewsLetter Editorial: Social Media and Communicating Health

Dr Rufina Latu Social media and networking through modern information technology has brought about a major shift in the way...
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Oct 16

Leaders in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in PNG

At the recent O&G Symposium held in Alotau in early September, a number of young emerging leaders went on stage...
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Oct 16

News from Papua New Guinea

PNG O&G Symposium …. The O&G Society held its annual scientific meeting during 1-2 Sept at the Waterfront Lodge in...
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Oct 16

PEMNeT takes off in Samoa

Talofa lava to fellow colleagues and dedicated health professionals in the Pacific. Dr Alec and Dr Jackie were here last...
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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 Sheetal sheetal.naidu@psrh.org.nz

Our Initiatives and Stories


Research Awards

The PSRH Board has approved the offer of ten NZ$500 research awards to encourage research activity into reproductive health in the region.

“We aim to encourage clinicians in reproductive health to think about research evidence in the workplace.” Dr Ekeroma who leads the PSRH research workshops is passionate about engaging clinicians in either performing research or utilising research evidence to improve clinical care.

The awards are open to all workers in reproductive health and projects must be reproductive health related. A two-page proposal is needed stating: background of the project; how the project will benefit clinical practice; research/audit methods; timeline for completion; names of the project team and how each team member will contribute (one must be employed/associated with a tertiary institution); and the CV of the lead applicant must be attached.

The applications close on the 30th October. Further information from Sheetal Naidu.


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. “


HPV vaccination in Fiji

Dr James Fong

This invited commentary demonstrates how Fiji has successfully boosted primary prevention through their introduction of HPV vaccination into the National Immunisation Programme in 2012-2013. Attenuating the challenges is a story of commitment and developing ongoing sustainable strategies.

KAP on cervical cancer among rural women in Fiji

A/Prof Swaran Naidu

Fiji has a high rate of cervical cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women in the country. Less than 10% of women are screened for cervical cancer in Fiji. In this paper, we report the result of a study on Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Barriers (KAPB) to cervical cancer and its screening with Pap smears, conducted on 1505 rural women in Fiji.

What motivates students to study midwifery?

Prof Caroline Homer

Midwives in Papua New Guinea have a vital role to play in addressing the high maternal and neonatal mortality rate. Attracting applicants in sufficient numbers and quality to study midwifery has been challenging in some countries. The aim of this study was to explore the motivation of students to study midwifery in Papua New Guinea. Findings from this study will assist in midwifery workforce recruitment and retention.

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Pacific Society for Reproductive Health
Address: 525 Remuera Rd, New Zealand, 1050
Phone No.: +649 5235254
Fax No. : +649 523 5253
Email : secretariat@psrh.org.nz