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Dear PSRH Financial Members,

You are invited to attend the Biennial General Meeting (BGM) of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) and the Election for the 2024-2026 Board of Trustees.

Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm ‚Äď 2:00 pm NZ Time

Venue: Jean Batten Ballroom, Holiday Inn, Auckland Airport


1. Welcome & Apologies

2. 2022 PSRH Biennial General Meeting Minutes

3. President’s Report

4. Treasurer’s Report

5. Election of the Board of Trustees (Six Places to be Filled) **

6. Review of the PSRH Trust Deed

6.1. Board Amendments for Membership review and endorsement

  • Member subscriptions

7. Other Business

  • Country Proposals to Host 16th Biennial Conference Events
    • Work Plans for 2024-2026

8. Close

**Please note: The 2024-2026 Board will meet immediately following the BGM.


Nominations for Elections to the Board must be received by the Head of Secretariat (HOS) no later than 4:00 pm (NZ Time) March 15, 2024. The nomination form must be signed by two (2) Nominators, who must demonstrate evidence of current Membership. The Nominee must also be a current financial member for the preceding two years. By participating in the nomination and elections process, all signatories indicate they have read the PSRH Trust Deed and agree to abide by the existing document as well as any resolutions to the document that will be endorsed during the 2024BGM. Proxy voting is permitted; please refer to the Trust Deed for details.

Link to the PSRH Trust Deed:

Link to Nomination Form:

For any queries, please contact the Head of Secretariat,

Your participation and engagement are vital for the continued success of PSRH. We look forward to your presence and contributions at the BGM and Board Members Election.

PSRH Board

Board 2022-2024

Energy and Passion

PSRH Board 2022

As part of our BGM the Society welcomed a new board and chief officers of the trust. Some of the new board consists of familiar faces (Dr Karaponi Okesene-Gafa, Ulai Tapa Fidow, Dr Pushpa Nusair, Dr Gunzee Gawin (past President)) but a number of new members were welcomed into the fold. Welcome to:

Dr Amanda Noovao-Hill – Head of Secretariat

Dr Nanise Sikiti 

Dr Rebecca Mitchell – RANZCOG representative

Dr Francis Maru – Treasurer

Leila Ross 

Robyn Lui-Yuen 

Dr Ioanna Beiatau

A hearty congratulations to our new President Dr Karaponi Okesene-Gafa and Vice Presidents РDr Ulai Tapa Fidow and Litiana Tatukivei and who will preside over the board from 2022-2024. 

Board Focus

We received the mandate from the membership at the recent BGM to focus on the following areas and will update work plans and progress against those plans from time to time as we near the culmination of the next work period, from now until the BGM in 2024. Plans are already underway and expect exciting initiatives shortly. 

  1. Caring for the Carers,
  2. Development of a pan-Pacific midwifery college closely aligned with PSRH,
  3. Practicum mentorship and Clinical Services Quality Assurance,
  4. Combating the endemic rise of Gender Based Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in the Pacific,
  5. Contending with the rise of Gynaecological Cancers in the Pacific. 

If you wish to be involved in developing these initiatives or have ideas or contributions to make please contact us by email and we will put you in touch with the team lead.

Kia Ora Auckland

As voted on at the BGM in Samoa, our next BGM Scientific Conference and Workshops will be held in March 2024 in Auckland, New Zealand. All offers of assistance (and all ideas are very gratefully received) in leading this conference to our LOC.

Dr Karaponi Okesene-Gafa, President PSRH

Choose Your Workshops

The pre-conference workshop programme on 30th & 31st August 2022 has something for every health professional. 

It has long been the tradition that prior to the formal Biennial General Meeting there is a two-day programme of technical workshops aimed at improving hands-on skills, learning new techniques and networking with peers from across the Pacific, and the 14th Biennial Conference in Samoa 2022, is no exception to the rule. 

This year we have a number of excellent options for you to consider, and we’re certain the hard part will be choosing only two workshops.¬†

PEMNet will be operating over two days with a specific emphasis on Training the Trainer. These workshops are an introduction to the newly revised second edition of the popular PEMNet programme, aimed at those who will be tasked with rolling out the programme in their own country in the near future. 

The OASIS workshop is also a very practical workshop programme focused on developing surgical skills and working through the importance of the WHO’s OASIS checklist. This workshop is most appropriate for those who regularly perform surgical duties as it will involve polishing suturing skills and practising other surgical skills.¬†

For midwives the excellent Midwifery Leadership Workshop presented by Professor Caroline Homer from the Burnet Institute will be as inspirational as it is practical. 

For more information and to select before the workshops sell out, please click through –¬†



Midwifery Leadership



Current Members Can Vote!

Are you ready to vote in new leaders of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, in Samoa? 

If you are a current financial member of the PSRH then you can vote at the Biennial General Meeting, but unfortunately this opportunity is only open to current financial members. 

Do you have an up-to-date membership?

Membership email reminders will be posted out to members this week, along with a proxy form for those who wish to vote but cannot attend the meeting in person. 

This is an important time in our Society’s lifetime,¬† as we gather together post-COVID, we have the opportunity to place good leaders into position onto the board and into office so that we are marching strong and united into the future.¬†

This is the time to make a difference in Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Pacific.

But only those who are paid-up members of the Society are entitled to vote, so if your membership has lapsed please  pay the invoice that arrives in your email box this week, or go and select an appropriate membership so you are ready to either send your proxy vote with a friend (1 per person) or place it yourself at the 14th Biennial General Meeting of the PSRH on Saturday 2 September 2022. 


COVID Passport for PSRH Conference

Three weeks to go until the PSRH Conference in Samoa and the excitement is increasing. Samoa opened its borders on the 1 August 2022 to international travelers with no requirement to quarantine, and the country has already welcomed many plane loads of dignitaries, officials, and tourists back to beautiful! Alongside the open borders Samoa has posted its COVID Traveler Health Requirements. 

For all participants travelling to Samoa for the conference we recommend you check the details NOW so you have enough time to get COVID shots or hard copies of vaccination status. 

 The full itemised requirements are listed on this page Samoa Official Trave Updates, but here is a quick snapshot of the key items. 

Pre-departure Entry Requirements:

    • Fully Vaccinated (12 years and above)
    • Proof of Vaccination
    • Negative Covid-19 Test (Supervised RAT within 24-hours before departure or PCR within 48-hours of departure

This is to be followed by in-country RAT testing on Day 3 All passengers are to arrange and have a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) done at any public health facility or private clinic within the first 3 days of arrival.

Please note that ALL passengers 12 years and older must have a current COVID vaccination certificate and it must be printed out. No electronic copies, (such as the My Vaccine Pass on mobiles) will be permitted. 

All vaccination programmes must have been completed 2 weeks prior to arriving at the border. 

New Zealand Travellers

Please obtain your hard copy of your vaccination pass asap from your health professional, or local pharmacy. Plan your supervised RAT test at your local health clinic or pharmacy and have it printed out and signed to attach to your health declaration documentation. 

Australian Travellers 

Australian travellers please note that Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Novavax, or Moderna are all valid vaccinations. You may also be able to organsie a print out of your vaccination certificate and a supervised RAT test at your local health clinic, or pharmacy. 

Now is the time to get organised and get all your documents in place. Remember that anyone who does not have the correct certification (in printed copy!!) will be denied boarding, and we don’t want anyone to miss the plane. 

Don’t forget too that you need to register for the Conference and pay the registration fee now, unless you are a sponsored attendee. Don’t forget to choose your pre-conference workshops and organise your discounted accommodation using the code PSRH22 at the hotels listed. 

We are very excited to bring you a full programme and a time of learning, networking all against the warm background of legendary Samoan hospitality! 


Webinar – Learning the lessons from COVID in the Pacific

Register Now!

Thursday 28th April 2022 

An interactive talanoa style discussion on experiences of and lessons learned during the COVID outbreak in the Pacific. 

Panelists will include medical specialists from across the Pacific, including representatives from Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, and Niue. 

Learn from the experiences of other teams operating during the COVID epidemic.

  • What did they do to safeguard patients’ health?¬†
  • How did they manage the drain on human resources?¬†
  • What would they do differently in future outbreaks?
  • How would they prepare their teams for non-COVID times, directly after the intensity of a COVID outbreak?

Panelists Include

Dr Ulai Tapa Fidow

Based in TTM Hospital, Apia Samoa, Dr Fidow graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in O&G 2012 and a Masters in O&G 2016 from FNU in Fiji. He has been working as a O&G Specialist in Samoa since 2018 andis currently spearheading the development of O&G Guidelines and clinical response, in managing maternal Covid cases in Samoa.

Dr Atropa Belladonna Potoi

Dr Potoi is working at LTP Medical Clinic , Matafele, Samoa. She works as a GP, as a NZ Panel physician and serves on the Samoa Medical Association, and is the current President of the Samoa Medical Council & a Secretary Medical Officer at USP.

Dr Jason Tautasi

Dr Tautasi is a FSM graduate (2014) and has worked in Niue for 5 years as a rural generalist. He is the lead O&G doctor in Niue (past 3 years) and the Lead TB Doctor. He is currently undertaking Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (Otago University).

Dr Folototo Leavai

Dr Leavai is a Gold Medalist Masters of Medicine ( FNU), a School of Medicine part time lecturer, and the Head of Internal Medicine

Dr Bethel Muasau Howard

MBBS, Dip O&G, MMed O&G, Dr Muasau Howard is Chief of OBGYN department at the LBJ Tropical Medical Centre in American Samoa.

Dr Amanda Noovao Hill

Dr Amanda Noovao-Hill

MBBS, DipO&G, MMedO&G, GCMed Dr Noovao-Hill was until recently, a generalist and clinical academic living and working in Fiji. As she winds down her career with the FNU, she intends to continue contributing towards improving Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Pacific through her networks such as the PICCSI project and the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health. .


2020 PSRH Samoa (Upolu) PENMet workshop.

Talofa Samoa! a big Thank you to Dr. Ulai Tapa Fidow for sharing his photos of their recent PSRH Samoa PENMet workshop run for their Upolu participants. Dr. Fidow has also informed us that he and his team are about to finish another PENMet workshop this time with participants from Savaii.We look forward to seeing some more photos from this event. Keep up the amazing work Dr. Fidow… Alofas. 


Global Obstetric Update 2020 webinars.

Good Morning all, the Global Obstetric Update (GOU) looks really good and this year there are three evenings of interesting topics.

Jump on and register to attend these webinars, for more information please click the following link.



Health Improvement and Innovation Digest (formerly the HIIRC digest)


Health Equity (New Zealand)

Exploring Pasifika wellbeing: findings from a large cluster randomised controlled trial of a mobile health intervention programme
Published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of a mobile health (mHealth) intervention on the wellbeing of Pasifika peoples, and to explore factors associated with Pasifika wellbeing.


Quality Improvement (New Zealand)

Health profile of residents of retirement villages in Auckland, New Zealand: findings from a cross-sectional survey with health assessment
Retirement villages have expanded rapidly, now housing perhaps one in eight people aged 75+ years in New Zealand. Health service initiatives might better support residents and offer cost advantages, but little is known of resident demographics, health status or needs. This study, published in BMJ Open, describes village residents‚ÄĒtheir demographics, socio-behavioural and health status‚ÄĒnoting differences between participants who volunteered and those who were sampled. It contains several points that might help village management to meet unmet needs of their residents.


Quality Improvement (International)

Evaluation of a pharmacist-led actionable audit and feedback intervention for improving medication safety in UK primary care: An interrupted time series analysis
This study, published in PLoS Medicine, evaluated the impact of the pharmacist-led Safety Medication dASHboard (SMASH) intervention on medication safety in primary care.

Quality indicators for community dementia care: a systematic review
There is a lack of an up-to-date body of evidence and a comprehensive overview concerning literature on quality indicator (QI) development for dementia care. This paper, published in the European Journal of Public Health, systematically reviewed recent literature and formulated recommendations for future research.


Hospital Productivity (International)

Using governance and patient flow strategies to improve healthcare service efficiency
The aim of this case study, published in the Australian Health Review, was to share lessons learned regarding strategies likely to increase healthcare service efficiency.

A systematic review of patient prioritization tools in non-emergency healthcare services
Patient prioritization is a strategy used to manage access to healthcare services. Patient prioritization tools (PPT) contribute to supporting the prioritization decision process, and to its transparency and fairness. Patient prioritization tools can take various forms and are highly dependent on the particular context of application. Consequently, the sets of criteria change from one context to another, especially when used in non-emergency settings. This paper, published in Systematic Reviews, systematically synthesises and analyses the published evidence concerning the development and challenges related to the validation and implementation of PPTs in non-emergency settings.


Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes (International)

Motivation and Barriers to Maintaining Lifestyle Changes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes after an Intensive Lifestyle Intervention (The U-TURN Trial): A Longitudinal Qualitative Study
The purpose of this study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, was to explore and identify factors that influence motivation for and barriers to adopting and maintaining lifestyle changes in patients with type 2 diabetes, following participation in an intensive multiple-lifestyle intervention.


Primary Health Care (International)

Mobile applications for the management of chronic physical conditions: A systematic review
Chronic physical conditions (CPCs) decrease the quality of life of millions of people. In the absence of curative treatments, maintaining healthy lifestyle habits is one of the main pillars in their clinical management. Mobile
‚Äźbased interventions may help patients take care of their health and follow medical recommendations. The purpose of this review, published in the Internal Medicine Journal, is to summarize the latest evidence about mobile phone applications (apps) for the management of CPC.

Intervention effectiveness by pharmacists integrated within an interdisciplinary health team on chronic complex patients
Nowadays, it is difficult to establish a specific method of intervention by the pharmacist and its clinical repercussions. The aim of this study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, was to identify interventions by pharmacists integrated within an interdisciplinary team for chronic complex patients (CCPs) and determine which of them produce the best results.

Quantitative evaluation of an outreach case management model of care for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults living with complex chronic disease: a longitudinal study
Chronic diseases are the leading contributor to the excess morbidity and mortality burden experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter, respectfully, Indigenous) people, compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. The Home-based Outreach case Management of chronic disease Exploratory (HOME) Study provided person-centred, multidisciplinary care for Indigenous people with chronic disease. This model of care, aligned to Indigenous peoples‚Äô conceptions of health and wellbeing, was integrated within an urban Indigenous primary health care service. This study, published in BMC Health Services Research, aimed to determine the impact of this model of care on participants‚Äô health and wellbeing at 12‚ÄČmonths.


Primary Mental Health (International)

The Role of Technology and the Continuum of Care for Youth Suicidality: Systematic Review
Youth suicide is a global public health issue, and using technology is one strategy to increase participation in preventive interventions. However, there is minimal knowledge on how technology-enhanced interventions for youth correspond to the stages of care, from illness or risk recognition to treatment follow-up. This systematic review, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research aims to examine the efficacy of technology-enhanced youth suicide prevention and interventions across the continuum of care.

A Systematic Review of the Use of Telepsychiatry in Depression
Telepsychiatry, the use of televideo in psychiatric assessment and treatment, is utilized throughout Canada. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is common, with significant burdens of suffering and cost. This systematic review, published in the Community Mental Health Journal, explores the literature on the use of televideo to diagnose and treat MDD, particularly acceptability and patient satisfaction, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness.

Effect of community mental health care programs in Australia: a systematic review
Although numerous studies have examined the effects of community-based mental health care programs in Australia, no synthesis of this literature exists. This systematic review of peer-reviewed and grey literature, published in the Australian Journal of Primary Health, described the types of community-based mental health care programs delivered and evaluated in Australia in the past 20 years, and evaluated their impact in improving outcomes for those with a serious mental illness (SMI).

Models of Mental Health Consultation and Collaboration in Primary Care Pediatrics
Pediatricians are increasingly asked to address the mental health care needs of their patients, despite lack of formal mental health training. Pediatricians who wish to expand their scope of practice to include mental health care may benefit from didactic training as well as ongoing consultative or collaborative relationships with mental health specialists. Consultative and collaborative relationships between mental health and primary care have evolved in various models across the country. This study, published in Pediatric Annals, outlines models of mental health consultation and collaboration, addresses some considerations for pediatricians prior to adopting a model, and lists key collaborative care resources.


Weight Management (International)

The Promotion of Eating Behaviour Change through Digital Interventions
Diet-related chronic disease is a global health epidemic giving rise to a high incidence of morbidity and mortality. With the rise of the digital revolution, there has been increased interest in using digital technology for eating behavioural change as a mean of diet-related chronic disease prevention. However, evidence on digital dietary behaviour change is relatively scarce. This review, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, considers the digital interventions currently being used in dietary behaviour change studies.


Childhood Obesity (International)

Guidelines for caregivers and healthcare professionals on speaking to children about overweight and obesity: a systematic review of the gray literature
Caregivers and healthcare professionals (HPs) are increasingly concerned about childhood obesity. A critical consideration of caregivers and HPs is discussing weight status without provoking disordered eating. Given the complexity of these interacting concerns, major health advocacy groups have independently published guidelines for having conversations with children about overweight/obesity. The current investigation, published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, represented the first-ever systematic review of these guidelines to analyze their content, consistency, actionability, or scientific support.


Key Ministry of Health Publications

Gambling Harm Reduction Needs Assessment
The Ministry of Health is responsible for developing an integrated problem gambling strategy under the Gambling Act 2003. As part of the development of the integrated strategy, the Ministry must undertake a needs assessment and a consultation. The needs assessment informs the development of the consultation document. The needs assessment highlights any gaps between the research evidence, population needs, service provision and the goal of the Ministry’s strategic plan. In doing so, the needs assessment informs service planning to produce an appropriate distribution of health services to promote health-gains and better outcomes for the population.


District Health Board Initiative

New cancer service at Wairoa Health gives patients better access to treatment
A new cancer support clinic introduced by Wairoa Health and supported by specialist clinical teams at Hawke’s Bay DHB is giving local residents better access to cancer treatment and saving hours of travel time. Wairoa cancer patients with routine treatment needs can now receive their chemotherapy at Wairoa Health from a visiting cancer nurse and meet with their radiation oncologist via video conferencing for follow-up consultations at the same time.


JASS Metabolomics, What is it and why you should know about it?

Thank you to Dr. Karaponi Oksene Gafa (NZ) Vice President on the PSRH board, for sharing this interesting article with us.

1 JASS October 2020