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A webishop that will put the spotlight on the magnitude and impact of diabetes and obesity among Pacific peoples in Aotearoa will be held by HPF on March 10.


You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to hear from guest speaker, Dr Viliami Tutone, who as a consultant nephrologist at Middlemore Hospital has dealt with the devastating effects of this disease on a daily basis.


According to the Ministry of Health 250,000 people in NZ, mainly Pacific and Māori ( people, have been diagnosed with this disease (mostly type 2). Most troubling is that the number of people with both types of diabetes – especially lifestyle-related type 2 diabetes, is on the rise!


NZ Aotearoa is a Pacific island with a growing, young and vibrant Pacific population, says the webishop facilitator HPF’s Dr Viliami Puloka who has been leading the fight against non-communicable diseases, including diabetes for many years now.

 

“Pacific peoples are shaping tomorrow for all of us. We must therefore address both life and livelihood disparities for all of us,” says Dr Puloka.

 

At the webishop you will learn how to scan the key socio-economic and political determinants of health and wellbeing for Pacific peoples, check our individual and collective roles and responsibilities for health and wellbeing of our communities and explore culturally appropriate solutions with Health Promotion approaches. framing both Societal and Individual actions.

 

Key Topics are:

  • Diabesity (Diabetes and Obesity)
  • Obesogenic environments
  • Wealth and Health conflict
  • Societal responsibility
  • Personal choice with Lifestyle challenges

Register HERE.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: 


Dr Viliami Tutone
 is a nephrologist trained in New Zealand and Scotland. He has been a consultant nephrologist at Counties Manukau Health – Middlemore since 2005. He is currently the Pacific People representative for the Organ Donation New Zealand and heavily involved and with Pacific and Maori Health .

Dr Viliami Puloka is a Public health physician working in New Zealand as Senior Health Promotion Strategist specialising in Pacific Health with the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. He is also a research fellow with Otago University working with the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit, University of Otago. 

Dr Puloka has a special interest in diabetes and obesity, and believes “Diabetes is the face of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the Pacific”.

He led the fight against NCD with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) for almost a decade before moving to New Zealand. He was NCD Team leader supporting the 22 Pacific Island countries and Territories.

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