ANIVA celebration goes from strength to strength

10 December 2019

Graduates of the Aniva programme 2019.

SouthSeas Healthcare joined in the celebration of 28 Pacific nurses and midwives graduating at a special ceremony held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Mt Wellington in Auckland, witnessed by families and friends.

Eight students graduated with a Master of Professional Practice (Leadership), and twenty students (16 Nurses and 4 midwives) with a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health).

SouthSeas Healthcare founder and Principal of Pacific Perspectives Limited Dr Debbie Ryan says the Aniva Programme aims to support current and future health workers pursue career pathways that enable them to develop the technical skills and understanding of cross-cultural issues they need to effectively advocate for change in the delivery of health services to better meet the needs of Pacific populations.

“The evidence demonstrates our programme is delivering high quality postgraduate education and training, with higher success rates for Pacific students enrolling in the Aniva programme than those taking up similar studies elsewhere in the tertiary education system.”

Completion rates of the Aniva programme are far above the mainstream average for Pacific students.

“Approximately 92% of Aniva students complete their target qualification within one year, compared to 25% of Pacific students studying under mainstream providers, and we expect to see more students graduating in the coming years,” says Dr Ryan.

These high rates of success demonstrate how programmes designed to meet the needs of Pacific learners can achieve amazing success. “We look forward many more celebrations as we work together to strengthen the Pacific health workforce.”

“The programme itself offers a Pacific-centred approach to postgraduate study that develops the knowledge, skills and abilities our Pacific students need to deliver evidence-based health care for Pacific people and their communities.”

Although the Aniva programme has made a highly effective contribution to improving health and service outcomes for Pacific communities, they are urging more Pacific health workers to enrol.

The celebration paid tribute to the roles played by nurses, midwives and health specialists in combating the measles epidemic in Samoa, by reminding the audience how important it is to build the pool of Pacific people in the health workforce. It also acknowledged the contribution of the late Dr Papaliitele Semisi Ma’ia’i in naming the programme and his support for the positive impact of the Aniva programme.

The Aniva programme was initiated in 2012 in response to the disappointing rates of success of Pacific learners enrolled in postgraduate and Masters of Nursing qualifications.

To date, the Aniva programme is delivered in partnership with Whitireia New Zealand, with over 150 Pacific nurses and midwives having participated in the programme since its inception.

The Ministry of Health commissioned the Aniva programme to support Pacific nurses to achieve postgraduate qualifications. The programme is designed and delivered collaboratively by Pacific Perspectives, Fuimaono Karl Pulotu Endemann MNZM and Adi Dr Alisi Vudiniabola, through Whitireia New Zealand.

SouthSeas Healthcare congratulates the 2019 graduates and their families in their Aniva journey and the contribution the programme is making to New Zealand’s Pacific health and education workforce and the communities and families they serve.

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