Our data shows that Pacific people don't always get the most effective treatment with medicines and medical devices. We want to change that.
To do that, we seek to work with Pacific peoples – and become more aware of Pacific concerns in our processes and decisions – so Pacific people get the medicines and medical devices they need.
Catherine Proffitt is PHARMAC's Manager, Access Equity.
Catherine guides PHARMAC's work to make sure that everybody has equitable access to medicines that could help them be healthier.
Equitable access to medicines means that all people are able to get the funded medicines they need – regardless of age, education, ethnicity, language, income, or where they live.
As part of that work, Catherine leads the work within PHARMAC to bring PHARMAC's Pacific responsiveness strategy to life.
Fonomaaitu (Fono) Tuvalu Fuimaono
Fonomaaitu (Fono) Tuvalu Fuimaono is the Adviser Pacific Responsiveness.
Fono is of Samoan, Fijian and Tuvaluan heritage and carries the matai tulafale/orator title of “Fonomaaitu” in the Sa Tofaeono family of Moata’a in Samoa. He is genealogically connected to the villages of Salani, Vaiee, Faleasiu, Eva and Fagaloa.
Fono comes to PHARMAC from Te Ara Institute of Canterbury, where he was their Workforce Development Representative-Pacific & Māori Focus. He has a career background in workforce and social development. He has held various Pacific community and work related leadership roles during his career.
Fono leads the work within PHARMAC of engagement with Pacific communities and the implementation of the Pacific Responsiveness Strategy 2017-2026. His role also includes finding balance and authenticity for Pasifika with Te Āo Māori.
Text description of the stages of growth
The image shows a coconut palm, with roots as Stage One, the trunk as Stage Two, and the leaves and fruit as Stage Three.
Stage One - 2017 to 2019: Planting the seed
Lutu na niu ka lutu ki vuna (Fiji)
A coconut always falls to the base. There is always an inherent connection between the base of the tree and the fruit. A good foundation will always ensure good results.
Stage Two - 2020 to 2022: Supporting growth
Olaga fiafia o sala to poto sala se lumanai manula (Tuvalu)
Wisdom is the path to happiness and a bright future.
Stage Three - 2023 to 2026: Flourishing change
'Aufua'a Tefuli (Tonga)
Success is achieved by working hard, persistent and in collaboration among the community and the state.