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Four small steps to good health

on 19/09/2017

Four small steps to good health

Being healthy does not need to cost a fortune, nor does it require loads of supplements or exercising for hours on end. Steps towards being healthy can start with making small changes in nutrition and lifestyle, which can have profound effects on your health. Being consistent and adopting healthy habits in general is key to success. These small changes will help your health to improve.

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Happy Tongan Language Week 2017

on 06/09/2017

Happy Tongan Language Week 2017

Mālō e lelei and happy Tongan Language Week 2017 from everyone here at The Fono. Watch this special message from our chief executive Tevita Filisonu'u Funaki.

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Events for Pasifika Mothers and Caregivers

on 24/07/2017

Events for Pasifika Mothers and Caregivers

Are you pregnant, a mother or caregiver of children under four or a support person / whanau to someone with young children? Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures runs free events including physical activity and nutrition workshops to support you and your whanau. We have two Community Learners Programmes (CLP) groups in Ranui and North Shore. These groups are open to Pasifika mothers to join at any time.

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Brighter Future? Nothing to smile about

on 07/07/2017

Brighter Future? Nothing to smile about

After years of being neglected, Anthony Thompson's teeth came back to bite him. It's a familiar tale: one that starts with dodging the school dental nurse and ends in a $6500 dentist's bill. Clinical Director of Dental Dr Mowafaq Amso features in this Radio New Zealand feature

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Community Services restructure for further growth

on 29/06/2017

Community Services restructure for further growth

The Fono Community Services section will restructure from 1 July 2017, to allow for further growth and management focus on critical success factors.

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Know the signs of STROKE

on 19/06/2017

Know the signs of STROKE

A stroke can happen to anyone, anytime – it could be someone you know or the person next to you. Each year around 9,000 people have a stroke – that’s around one person each hour!

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Elder Abuse Awareness Week 15-22 June 2017

on 14/06/2017

Elder Abuse Awareness Week 15-22 June 2017

Elder Abuse Awareness Week runs from the 15-22 June 2017, starting with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017. The theme this year in New Zealand is Elder Abuse Hits Close to Home because many older people are abused by family members.

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Txt Message Error – Friday 9 June 2017

on 12/06/2017

Txt Message Error – Friday 9 June 2017

This is a notice to all patients of The Fono that may have received an automated txt message overdue account reminder in error.

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GP Registrar training at The Fono

on 02/06/2017

GP Registrar training at The Fono

The Fono is supporting young Pacific General Practitioners (GPs) to become Fellows of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) through the general practice education programme (GPEP): teacher feedback on Dr Luisa Fonua-Faeamani

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Dental services grow at The Fono Central

on 10/05/2017

Dental services grow at The Fono Central

The Fono Central celebrated refurbishments at our Wyndham Street location in the Auckland CBD, which sees an extra dental chair and increased space to cater to the city’s growing demand.

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The Fono Central Renovations

on 28/04/2017

The Fono Central Renovations

We have been doing some exciting renovations our city dental practice at 33 Wyndham Street. Check out our BEFORE AND AFTER gallery to see the results.

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New diabetes clinic promotes lifestyle changes to save lives

on 28/03/2017

New diabetes clinic promotes lifestyle changes to save lives

The Fono Manurewa’s new diabetes clinic is helping patients get the most care in a single visit with a one-stop-shop for services. With a dedicated diabetes nurse specialist, and dietician podiatry clinics available in the one location, patients get the care needed to control their diabetes and work towards reversing it.

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Enua Ola North Shore Aiga Challenge Prize Giving

on 10/03/2017

Enua Ola North Shore Aiga Challenge Prize Giving

On Wednesday 1 March 2017 the Enua Ola Aiga Challenge North Celebration prizegiving took place, with the ten Church and community groups that belong to the North Shore Enua Ola community.

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Brushing up on oral health

on 13/02/2017

Brushing up on oral health

Through a special partnership with AUT University, The Fono’s Community Team recently received oral health training from AUT oral health students. The initiative aims to upskill community workers on good oral health practices, so they can be passed to community for better oral health outcomes.

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The Fono launches new Financial Mentoring Services

on 24/01/2017

The Fono launches new Financial Mentoring Services

The Fono is now delivering new financial mentoring services for Pacific families across Auckland and Waitemata.

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2016 Needs and Satisfaction Survey Results

on 05/12/2016

2016 Needs and Satisfaction Survey Results

The results of our 2016 Needs and Satisfaction Survey are in. Here we provide an overview of the feedback provided by our service users.

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$100 vouchers - PROMISE Study

on 14/11/2016

$100 voucher - PROMISE Study

Would you like to receive a $100 voucher? Are you a Pacific woman? Are you aged 20-40 years old? Are you NOT pregnant and NOT breastfeeding? Do you have NO chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer?

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The Fono Wins Pacific Employer Award

on 31/10/2016

The Fono Wins Pacific Employer Award

The Fono has won The Pacific Business Employer Award, announced at the 10th National Pacific Business Trust Awards held at the Langham Hotel on Friday 28 October.

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North Shore’s Pacific families to benefit from new services

on 03/10/2016

North Shore’s Pacific families to benefit from new services

Pacific families living on the North Shore will now benefit from community-based services delivered by The Fono, Auckland’s largest Pacific-owned health provider. The Fono officially opened a new location on Saturday 1 October at Raeburn House in the Northcote Shopping Centre.

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Pacific GPs on the Rise

on 27/09/2016

Pacific GPs on the Rise

The Fono is supporting young Pacific General Practitioners (GPs) to become Fellows of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) through the general practice education programme (GPEP).

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Manurewa Family Doctors merges with The Fono

on 31/08/2016

Manurewa Family Doctors merges with The Fono

Following the retirement of Drs Colin and Clarice Bennett, Manurewa Family Doctors at 9 Halver Road have merged with The Fono South at 7 Halver Road.

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The Fono comes to the Shore

on 30/08/2016

The Fono comes to the Shore

The Fono has opened a new location on the North Shore and will deliver a number of services to local families.

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A new way to stop smoking

on 26/08/2016

A new way to stop smoking

Do you want to stop smoking but don’t know how? There’s a NEW way to stop smoking that’s free, fun and that works.

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Service Innovation: The Fono Family Violence Services

on 23/08/2016

Service Innovation: The Fono Family Violence Services

The Fono delivers a Pacific family violence crisis intervention service and a community mobilisation ‘stop family violence’ programme. At the inaugural Pasefika Proud National Pacific Community Leaders Fono, the family violence service was presented as part of a panel session on service innovations. Here we share the details about the service and how The Fono is supporting Pacific families to be stronger and free of family violence.

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Stop Smoking Service - Auckland & Waitemata

on 04/07/2016

Stop Smoking Service - Auckland & Waitemata

The Fono in partnership with ProCare and Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Maia Limited, are pleased to have the opportunity to deliver the new, regional Stop Smoking Service in the Auckland & Waitemata DHB regions. Supporting people to be smokefree is the aim of the service.

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Continuity of care in Manurewa

on 30/06/2016

Continuity of care in Manurewa

The relationship between doctor and patient is one that is special and unique. Providing a continuity of care to the varied and complex needs of patients, while taking a caring approach, takes a special kind of General Practitioner (GP).

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Looking after our matua (elders)

on 16/06/2016

Looking after our matua (elders)

In our Pacific communities our elders; or matua matutua, metua, matu’a, kaumatua, kara, luluai; are given the utmost respect or fa’aaloalo. That’s why the concept of elder abuse is so foreign to us. Unfortunately, it is a serious issue and there are cases of elder abuse within our Pacific communities.

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Healthier, stronger men grown together

on 14/06/2016

Healthier, stronger men grown together

Men’s Health Week 2016 (June 13 – 19) highlighted that there’s no time like the present to become more aware of the health of our men.

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Living healthy and smokefree

on 09/06/2016

Living healthy and smokefree

Bermuda Pongi, of Tongan descent, started smoking when she was 17 years old. Smoking was a part of her life, habits, and social interaction with her friends. But thanks to The Fono’s involvement in the Wero Challenge, the 32-year-old has been smoke-free since March.

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Immunise for protection against serious illness

on 26/04/2016

Immunise for protection against serious illness

It’s Immunisation Week this week. Immunisation provides protection for our families and communities against a range of communicable diseases, and is considered to be one of the most cost-effective public health interventions.

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Improving wellness while living with long-term conditions

on 26/04/2016

Improving wellness while living with long-term conditions

Do you have a long-term condition/s such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental illness or kidney disease? As our population ages and people are increasingly managing more than one condition, The Fono’s role in supporting people to self-manage is a critical part of how we support our communities. Here we provide some tips / principles for self-management of long-term conditions (LTCs).

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New family violence intervention service

on 13/04/2016

New family violence intervention service

Sadly, family violence is a serious and prevalent issue for many Pacific families in West Auckland, with around 35 incidents being reported to the Police every week. In response to this serious issue, The Fono is now able to offer specialised social work support to affected families.

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Kick Diabetes this World Health Day

on 07/04/2016

Kick Diabetes this World Health Day

Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Fono is encouraging people to take preventative action this World Health Day by beating Diabetes.

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A convenient pack to stay on track

on 22/03/2016

A convenient pack to stay on track

Patients of The Fono West in Henderson are about to benefit from receiving personalised ‘blister packs’ at The Fono pharmacy, minutes after their GP appointment, enabling them to stick to their daily medication schedule.

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After hours medical help at The Fono

on 14/03/2016

After hours medical help at The Fono

The Fono provides free after-hours medical advice via phone. If you need healthcare when we are closed call our registered nurses for free medical advice.

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Zika virus and risks to pregnant women

on 04/02/2016

Zika virus and risks to pregnant women

There are growing concerns regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact it can have on infected people. The Ministry of Health is warning about the risks of infection in pregnancy.

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Well, safe, vibrant and informed communities

on 02/02/2016

Well, safe, vibrant and informed communities

When our founders started a small clinic in the late 1980’s, I’m sure none of them could have dared to imagine just how far The Fono has come in less than 30 years.

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Payment Policy Changes – From 5 January 2016

on 16/12/2015

Payment Policy Changes – From 5 January 2016

From the 5th January 2016 changes to The Fono’s payment policy will apply.

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Creating Healthy Babies for Healthy Futures

on 09/12/2015

Creating Healthy Babies for Healthy Futures

As a leader in Pacific health, The Fono knows more needs to be done to counteract diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and obesity before people reach adulthood. The Healthy babies Healthy Futures Pacific programme, co-ordinated by Maria Kumitau aims to change that.

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Yoga – benefitting mother and baby

on 30/11/2015

Yoga – benefitting mother and baby

Pregnant Samoan mothers attending the Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures Workshops are discovering the benefits of yoga classes.

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The Fono South’s Cornerstone Achievement

on 10/11/2015

The Fono South’s Cornerstone Achievement

The Fono South in Manurewa celebrated achieving a Cornerstone Accreditation, a Quality Standards programme set by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for general practices in New Zealand.

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Pacific Oral Health in a State of Decay?

on 02/10/2015

Pacific Oral Health in a State of Decay?

Is Pacific oral health in a state of decay? New Clinical Director of Dental Dr Mowafaq (Mo) Amso shines a light on the disparities between Maori and Pacific oral health compared to other NZ populations, in both children and adults.

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Zero fees for under 13s

on 30/07/2015

Zero fees for under 13s

The Fono now offers zero-fee GP visits for children under 13 as part of the Governments ‘zero fees’ scheme. Children under 13 will also no longer need to pay the $5 charge for each item of prescription medicine.

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Funded flu vaccine extended as unusual flu virus strains spread across NZ

on 17/07/2015

Funded flu vaccine extended as unusual flu virus strains spread across NZ

History has come to repeat itself this winter after a strange flu pattern strikes New Zealand. There is genuine concern for the nation’s health after an unusual pattern of winter illness across the country.

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Give your baby a healthy future

on 06/07/2015

Give your baby a healthy future

Reducing diseases such as diabetes, obesity and abnormally high blood pressure starts with children. That’s why the Healthy Babies Healthy Futures Pacific (HBHF) programme focuses on supporting Pacific families to grow healthily throughout pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life, through better nutrition and more physical activity to reduce childhood obesity.

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The Fono heads to the Far North

on 01/04/2015

The Fono heads to the Far North

Bringing a Pacific Whanau Ora service to the Northland town of Kaikohe will raise the profile of Pacific people far more than locals realise, says Falesiu Fotu, who has joined The Fono as a Whanau Ora Navigator at the newly established Northland office in Kaikohe.

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Five reasons to enrol – become part of The Fono family and reap the rewards

on 26/02/2015

Five reasons to enrol – become part of The Fono family and reap the rewards

$33 – that’s how much you can save each time you visit your GP if you’re enrolled at The Fono and over 18 years old, rather than visiting as a casual patient. Plus, you receive priority appointments, continuity of care with your GP and access to a wider range of free services offered at The Fono. Here are five reasons you should enrol at The Fono.

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