Malia has worked in the nursing profession for almost two decades. She is passionate about the importance of evidence-based research in helping policymakers to make more informed policy and programming decisions. She believes better quality health data, and better use of this data, will lead to more effective use of government resources, and better overall health outcomes in Tonga.

Malia believes that a more holistic approach is needed to address health issues in Tonga. This means addressing the causes of disease, rather than the symptoms. While she understands it can be difficult to change behaviours, she hopes the skills she learns through the Women’s Leadership Initiative will complement her qualifications and enable her to address some of these challenges.