Dr Tule Misa

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Pacific oral health

  • Demography of Pasifika population in New Zealand
  • Highlights major inequalities exist in oral health outcomes of Pasifika people in New Zealand
  • Pasifika cultures and oral health
  • Major barriers to good oral health of Pasifika families
  • Urgent actions required to reduce inequities
  • Meeting the needs of those with the most need.


Dr Tule fanakava Misa is originally from Tonga graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (University of the South Pacific), 2002 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (University of Otago), 2003 set the NZDREX and 2010 with a Master of Community Dentistry (University of Otago).

She is married with 5 children and has over 19 years of experience as a General Dental Practitioner and a Public Health Dentist, with a focus on school and community dentistry here in New Zealand and extend helping hands to our Pacific islands colleagues in areas where they need support. She has worked as a clinician, leader, educator, mother, and advocator with people from all colours, all walk of life from children to elderly and labourers to government leaders in various settings.

She is a strong advocator for good oral health for all and to reduce inequalities in oral health experiences beginning from primary to tertiary oral health care.

She is the interim Clinical Director for Community Dental Services at Canterbury District Health Board working with about 40 oral health therapists looking after 90,000 children. She is also the approving dental officer for the Canterbury and the West Coast regions for dentists who are contracted and funded by the government to treat children and adolescents.

She is the immediate past president of the New Zealand Society of Hospital & Community Dentistry and the current president of the New Zealand Pasifika Dental Association.