Date/Time Event
12/07/2017 - 17/07/2017
All Day
12th PSRH Conference Vanuatu 2017
Vanuatu Port Vila, Vanuatu



Oct 16

PEMNeT in Vanuatu

By Christine Jackson, Midwifery Technical Advisor, Vanuatu College of Nursing Education. Vanuatu's maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity trends have...
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Sep 16

PEMNeT Workshop at Onamuga Health Centre Eastern Highlands Province, PNG

By Paula Puawe, Lecturer, Midwifery Studies, University of Goroka Background Onamuage health centre was selected to do the first PEMNeT...
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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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The 12th PSRH Conference Vanuatu

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The stage is set with a backdrop of beautiful sandy beaches in the capital of this tropical paradise, to welcome you and all to the Pacific conference of 2017.

Dr Rufina Latu is leading the programme design with input from Prof Caroline Homer and Prof Glen Mola. The PSRH Board approves the final programme. A draft programme has been posted online at the conference website. All registrations and payments are enabled on the conference website. Workshops are mainly for Pacific participants and these run for three days from the 13-15th July. The conference programme aims to educate and challenge with concurrent sessions that aim to address different interests and learning  styles and needs.

“We aim to encourage attendance by clinicians from the French territories by having a concurrent session in French, acknowledging Vanuatu has French and English as official languages” Dr Rufina confirmed.

Dr Ekeroma, who heads the PSRH Secretariat, is aware that the conference being held during the school holidays, should prove popular with clinicians in the Pacific-rim countries. “It will be fantastic if more clinicians from Australia and New Zealand attend for two reasons. One, their registration fees subsidise Pacific participants so Pacific clinicians can attend. Two, sharing ideas with clinicians from Australia and New Zealand enrich the debates,” Dr Alec Ekeroma said.

We will open the Call for Abstracts from 25th January and close 25th May 2017. All accepted abstracts will be published in the December 2017 issue of the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health.

Information on registration and hotels are posted on the conference website. More information will be posted as they come to hand. Further information from the PSRH Secretariat. Early registration is advisable. Hotel bookings need to be done early as well.


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

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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. “


Pregnancy outcomes in women with heart disease at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, Fiji.

Dr Litia Narube Background: Cardiac disease in pregnancy is the third most common cause of maternal mortality in Fiji. The aim of this study was to determine the characteristics of pregnant women with heart disease presenting to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH). Method: A retrospective review of case notes of all pregnant women identified with heart disease who birthed in the hospital between January 2011 and December 2013 (36 months). Findings: Of the 24,844 livebirths in CWMH during the study period, 153 women, aged 15 to 43 years of age, were confirmed with a cardiac lesion, which gives a prevalence rate of 6.2 per 1,000 livebirths. Rheumatic heart disease was the commonest cardiac lesion (112, 90%) followed by congenital heart disease (6, 5%) and hypertensive cardiomyopathy (3, 2%).  Most of the cardiac lesions (120, 73%) were detected during pregnancy.There was a higher rate of intervention, morbidity and mortality associated with a cardiac lesion. The rate of instrumental deliveries, caesarean sections and admissions to intensive care were 3.5, 1.5 and 44 times higher compared to pregnant women without a heart lesion. The case-fatality rate was 2.0%.Conclusion: Women with a cardiac lesion in pregnancy had more interventions, higher morbidity and mortality compared to women without a cardiac lesion. Early diagnosis and evaluation of cardiac function were essential for better maternal outcomes. All pregnant women should be screened with an echocardiogram to improve early detection of cardiac lesions.   Read More

Maternal health promotion in Samoa: views of pregnant mothers.

Jacinta Faalii-Fidow ABSTRACT: Background: Child health and maternal health are priority areas for Samoa. Good maternal health is critical for the welfare and survival of the household especially for children who rely on their mothers for their basic needs. We aimed to identify positive and effective mechanisms of advice and support that would improve the experiences of pregnancy for mothers, and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. Methods: A qualitative approach was used with five focus group discussions with pregnant women (N= 32). All the focus groups were held in five different medical clinics: four in Upolu and one in Savai’i. Interviews were transcribed and translated from Samoan to English and accompanying notes taken. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Key themes which emerged provided categories which assisted in sorting of more comments to provide understanding and context to the participants’ views. Findings: Pregnant women cited physical symptoms, a lack of knowledge or understanding of pregnancy, relationship issues, barriers to accessing health care and stress as the main issues. Travelling long distances by boat and buses for scans and appointments was challenging for most. Waiting times in clinics were long, with little information available in Samoan on television screens or in pamphlets. Many women felt they couldn’t ask questions of the midwives/doctors and often the most prominent issues for women were in relation to relationships and mental wellbeing. Conclusions: A lack of funding and transportation were identified as barriers to implementing a sustainable programme to help pregnant women. Clinics should be set up closer to where their clients live in order to minimise travel. The waiting times in clinics could be utilised to have pregnancy information displayed via videos along with pamphlets with the proviso they be in plain Samoan.

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

Dr Michael Burling

It has been recognised for many decades that women in low-resource settings (which include most Pacific islands) suffer the burden of morbidity and mortality associated with the universal life experience of reproduction. In accordance with WHO Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, attention has been paid to improving maternity care and access to contraception. There has been less focus by governments on how these earlier life experiences affect the health of women beyond their reproductive years. It is surprising that women’s cancers are not specifically addressed by any of the MDGs, when 200 000 more women die each year from breast and cervical cancer than from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth.

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