Fakalofa lahi atu; Halo olgeta; Malo e lelei; Ni sa bula; Aloha; Kia orana; Talofa lava; Warm Pacific Greetings
The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) is a Charitable Trust registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission since 2008. The Society was conceived in Suva Fiji in 1993 with the aim of bringing together nurses, midwives, doctors and all those who work in reproductive heath to learn and network. An inaugural conference was launched soon after in Vanuatu in 1995. Since then, the Society has hosted educational workshops and conferences in most centres in the Pacific with the assistance of funding partners – with the aim of supporting and empowering reproductive health workers in the Pacific to improve standards of care. We are a growing and vibrant Society made up of nurses, medical doctors, midwives, and ancillary workers – all dedicated to improve our knowledge and skills to serve our communities through clinical practice and research.
We have a small secretariat in Auckland NZ, where we coordinate our educational programmes and services in the Pacific. We are supported by the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Nations Fund for Development, NZ Aid, AusAID (now DFAT), our membership and the public, that has enabled us to deliver on our aims and objectives. We look forward to assistance through donations and service to improve professional development, retention of workforce, delivery of educational workshops, development of guidelines and advocacy for women’s health and rights in the Pacific Islands.
Recently, we published the Pacific Emergency Maternal and Neonatal Training (PEMNeT) Manual to support our emergency drills in the management of emergencies in pregnancy, labour and delivery. This resource will be supported further by the development of an Instructor’s Guide which will be published in June 2016. In addition, we are proud to add that the publication of the first issue of the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health in June 2015 will motivate and enable clinicians and researchers in the Pacific region and rim countries generate and disseminate their research findings.
We look to volunteers to assist us with our work, even if part time. Please do not hesitate to let us know. A big Vinaka, Faafetai, Fakafetai, Tenk yu tru to all those friends who have donated funds and volunteer time – you are indeed, members of our PSRH family.