Health & Medical Services

Covid Response Team

Our Covid Response was established to assist our communities who are affected by COVID-19.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are referred to PTO, our Covid Response Team will get in touch with you immediately.

From there, the team will go through an assessment on how we can support you during isolation. We can provide food parcels, care packages with medical accessories and financial support.

How to Access This Service

Step 1:

Contact the person below to book an appointment.

Tevita Vungamoeahi
Quinevanya Faapenaloualofa Ngau Chun
Step 2:

Fill out the registration form below and bring the form with you to your appointment or email through to office@pto.nz

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Health Link

The navigator supports people access health services (GPs, Hospital appointments) with advocacy, advice and transport.

How to Access This Service

Step 1:

Contact the person below to book an appointment.

Step 2:

Fill out the registration form below and bring the form with you to your appointment or email through to office@pto.nz

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Dietetics

The Community Based Whanau Dietetic clinic is run in conjunction with preventative measures through targeted health promotion initiatives aiming to have positive impacts on our Pasifika families.

The service aims to improve the self-care, health and well-being of Pasifika families, reducing the burden of obesity and health related issues. The service delivery incorporates the Pasifika cultural values, principles and the learnt experiences working with Pasifika people using a culturally appropriate approach to cater for the needs of our families.

It provides holistic support through the integration of Pacific Trust Otago services and referral to outside services according to need.

 The service works with Pasifika individuals, their families, and communities in providing healthy lifestyle education and support:
  • To better understand their health conditions,
  • To improve their health issues,
  • To achieve their health goals.
  • Health promotion part includes the weekly exercise to support not only clients and families but also the wider Dunedin Pasifika population, presentations to church groups & communities, cooking classes, workshops, encouraging and help set up healthy nutrition policies, etc.

How to Access This Service

Step 1:

Contact the person below to book an appointment.

Finau Taungapeau
Step 2:

Fill out the registration form below and bring the form with you to your appointment or email through to office@pto.nz

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Vaccination Clinics, Pop Up Clinics, On the Road Clinics

Since 2021, our clinicians were able to hold vaccination clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific community in Dunedin.

The clinics are led by Leta Tafunai and Tevita Vungamoeahi who are on hand at each of the clinics to deliver vaccinations, but also provide those who come in an opportunity to talk about the vaccine and the virus to ease any concerns. We can also provide flu and MMR vaccinations during our clinics.

How to Access This Service

Step 1:

Contact the person below to book an appointment.

Tevita Vungamoeahi
Step 2:

Fill out the registration form below and bring the form with you to your appointment or email through to office@pto.nz

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Well Child Service Tamariki Ora

I visit families with tamariki aged 6 weeks to 3 years.

I weigh and measure the babies and toddlers and offer support and education around many topics such as breastfeeding, safe sleep, nutrition, oral health and behavior, to ensure these tamariki grow and develop to their full potential.

How to Access This Service

Step 1:

Contact the person below to book an appointment.

Step 2:

Fill out the registration form below and bring the form with you to your appointment or email through to office@pto.nz

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Tinā-i-Tinā (Mother-to-Mother) Breastfeeding Peer-Support Service

Tinā-i-Tinā' is a Sāmoan phrase, translated to mean, 'mother-to-mother'. This phrase epitomizes this service as a support group led by mothers, for mothers.

Providing support for our Pasefika women to increase breastfeeding knowledge, confidence, and enjoyment for mother, baby and the whole family. This is a free service funded by Te Whatu Ora Southern.

We have identified the need for such a service, as research and data show that the breastfeeding rates within the Pasifika Community are very low. This could be due to lack of relevant information or cultural support for Pasifika, which is where we at Pacific Trust Otago, are able to provide a safe space for our mothers-to-be and mothers to talanoa with confidence.

The National Feeding Data at Discharge Report 2021 (NZBA)states “The exclusive breastfeeding rate for Pacific infants has further declined by 1.91% over the last year to 69.64%. Exclusive breastfeeding for Pacific infants has declined every year, over the past 8 years. The report also shows the highest percentage of artificially fed infants are from Pasifika families.

How to Access This Service

Step 1:

Contact the person below to book an appointment.

Step 2:

Fill out the registration form below and bring the form with you to your appointment or email through to office@pto.nz

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