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Congratulations to Mele Vaka: Primary Healthcare Nursing Award

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16 May 2016

Alliance Health Plus (AH+) are proud to congratulate Mele Vaka from the Tongan Health Society – Langimalie for receiving the inaugural Primary Health Care Nursing Award at the ADHB Nursing and Midwifery Awards on the Tuesday 10th of May 2016, at the Pullman Hotel. Mele was presented the award by Ailsa Claire, CEO of ADHB and Jean McQueen, Primary Health Care Nursing Director. Mele was one of three finalists for this award and was successfully recognised for her contribution to the nursing team at the Tongan Health Society - Langimalie and the Primary Health Care outreach programme in Tonga.

The Primary Healthcare Nursing Award acknowledges a Registered or Enrolled Nurse who goes above and beyond expectations every day. This Nurse is expected to demonstrate leadership, innovation and whole of system integration by working in partnership with patients, their families and the interdisciplinary care team, enabling self-management and improved health outcomes.

Mele is an outstanding nurse in our community and the wider reach of Auckland. Her combined role as Nurse Leader and Practice Manager role at the Tongan Health Society – Langimalie enables her to use leadership, management and clinical nursing skills to care for the Tongan Community which is infused with a depth in cultural knowledge. Mele ensures health and social services are relevant for Tongan and Pacific communities while also catering for the wider community.

Alongside the role in the clinic, Mele has also been involved in establishing an Outreach Clinic in Tonga which aims to improve Primary Health Care for the Tongan community. This involves providing resources in Tonga – equipment, clinical skill, management knowledge, networking – to improve access to healthcare, particularly in the harder to reach communities.

Mele has continued to expand her knowledge through Post-Graduate studies. Last year Mele completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in Speciality Care Pacific through Aniva and Whitireia Community Polytechnic and has started the Post-Graduate Diploma in the same programme. The Aniva Pacific Nurse Leadership Programme has a specific focus on how nurses can positively impact the inequities experienced by Pacific communities.

Mele is also a member of the AH+ Clinical Governance Committee and represents the nursing perspective at this forum where she is able to combine her practical nursing, management and leadership experience to effectively articulate her views within this forum.