Friends like Kokorosa should not have to suffer so harshly from oral health related conditions on remote islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Working alongside MoH, International and local NGOs and local health workers, I boldly advocate for rural island communities to create the change they are asking for; creating access to quality oral health services, ensuring the involvement and empowerment of all local people.
I lead teams of dental therapists and dentists on all of my projects – from New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands – creating individualised solutions to suit each community which others may view as not really possible. Due to the vast local community input, participation and ownership, these unique projects become sustainable.
Be in contact if you want to join in to make the change alongside local communities so they can become independent and not just be part of a “fly in – fly out”.
Recent interviews with ABC Australia – Aneityum in the South and Torres in the North.
ABC Australia PACIFIC BEAT broadcast December 2017
ABC Australia PACIFIC BEAT broadcast October 2017
….a friend of Kokorosa is not a religious organisation, does not seek to replace government and wishes to help be the change to support oral health needs in developing Pacific nations….
My Post Grad. Dip. Clinical Research from Victoria University, New Zealand, allows me to be an enabler of these ingenious oral health projects which create excellent and sustainable oral health outcomes for whole communities on remote rural island villages in the South Pacific Ocean. I am currently finishing my PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, researching “the oral health burden of children in relation to endemic fluoride from venting volcanoes in Vanuatu”.