Pasifika Diabetes Management Project


In partnership with the Pasifika Women’s Alliance, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Pacific Island Reference Group Inc. (PIRG) & Diabetes Australia – PWA sister and member, Heena Akbar is in the final stage of completing her PHD research in Diabetes 2 management among Pasifika women.

This year, Heena has expanded her research to include the children & men of our Pacific Islander community and will be hosting her 3rd forum – Pasifika Diabetes Health Forum on Saturday, 13th August at the QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.

It is a free forum inviting all Pasifika & Maori people to raise awareness, promote prevention and self-management of type 2 diabetes in Pacific Island communities in South East Queensland.

Forums have included diabetes education session, digital stories of personal experiences with diabetes, free health checks and screening, a healthy lunch, educational activities for children, talanoa discussion, information stalls and displays on health, well-being and diabetes.

This forum is open to both men & women – please mark it in your diaries!

For more information, please contact the project coordinator:

Ema Vueti – / 0422036916


Pasifika & Maori Health Women & Babies Project

A project that PWA has been involved with since February 2015, the Pasifika & Maori Health Women & Babies project brought together women across Brisbane for Talanoa on all things relating to pregnancy, child birth health care and the experiences of several women in Queensland.  The aim of this project was to identify ways to assist Pasifika & Maori women in the Queensland Health system.


PWA committee members – Wynn Te Kani & Maureen Mopio-Jane sit on the steering committee for this project along with representatives from Metro South, Queensland Health. It is a project strongly supported by PWA and The Good Start Program – researching and creating services for our Pasifika & Maori expecting mothers to engage in.

The Pasifika & Maori Health Women & Newborn Forum was held on 18th April, 2016 at the Hope Centre, Logan.

For more information please contact Metro South, Queensland:

Thomas Lilley –
Andrea Cruickshank –


Maori & Pacific Islander WALK 4 LIFE

In June 2015, PWA in partnership with The Good Start Program, a government funded Chronic disease prevention program for Maori & Pacific Islanders (MPI), hosted an MPI Walk 4 Life in Logan. This event encouraged the people of our community of all shapes, sizes and ages to become more proactive in looking after their health and well-being. This event was a great success. In attendance was current member for Woodridge and Minister for Health, Cameron Dick to officially open the event.

Check out our Photo Gallery to see photos from the event.