Viviena Pole - 2016 NZGCF Award Recipient
Viviena (Viv) Pole is the Manager of Service Development and Integration (SDI) at Alliance Health Plus Trust (AH+), New Zealand’s only Pacific Primary Health Organisation (PHO). Tongan by heritage and birth, she is a passionate advocate for Pacific and High Needs health populations. With a team of equally committed, community focused clinical and non-clinical staff, the SDI team provide on the ground support to GP practices, NGOs and Church communities through a range of Pacific programmes including; Rheumatic Fever Prevention - Pacific Engagement Strategy (8 providers), Parish Nurse programme (14 Pacific churches), Pacific Provider Development (11 providers) and Pacific Integrated Services (4 providers). AH+ is the ideal vehicle for Viv to impact on a number of population groups, being itself a strong and committed supporter of Pacific and High Needs services, working across Central, South and West Auckland, with 34 GP practices and over 105,000 enrolled patients. Viv started her career in the health sector with South Seas Health Care Trust, a general practice within the AH+ Network of Providers, over seven years ago. It was during this time that she pursued and completed her MBA degree from the University of Auckland. She moved to the PHO four years ago, and finds it an inspiration and a blessing to work with staff and providers who have the heart and strength of purpose to improve health gain and achieve health equity for high needs populations and, in particular, for Pacific families. It was the same passion that led her to support the Gynaecology Cancer Foundation community initiative. The real challenge is to understand the community and find the right level of engagement that will encourage people to take ownership of their health and commit to behavioural change that will improve their well being. Prior to health, Viv had 21 years in the banking industry. She is married to Taitusi Pole and they have two children; Hala Jordan (21) & Suzanne ‘Etina (16). They are very family centred faith driven and are active members of the United Church of Tonga in Grey Lynn.