by Brenda McQuillan, Pūkenga Manaaki/Community Navigator
On Saturday September 29, 2018 Nelson Marlborough Health organised a kai fest and community health day at Victory Community Centre.
The community health day was free and open to anyone. The event coincided with Cervical Screening Awareness Month and had hoped those women, particularly from the target group of Māori and Pasifika, take the opportunity to have a cervical smear during the day. Practice nurses who were experienced smear takers, had volunteered their services for the event.
Te Piki Oranga Ngā Pūkenga Atawhai/Nurses Carter Stormann and Juanita Akauola and I went to support this event. Carter did all the simple health checks with males, blood pressures and health kōrero. Juanita and I managed the information desk and we took self-referrals from whānau.
It was a busy day where families enjoyed a range of cultural performances, food stalls and games for children and a lot of other promotional stands.