Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & Bruce Hill)

Pacific Beat

Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Join the team each morning and afternoon on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave, and through partner stations in the Pacific.


Circumcision reduces HIV infections in men and women

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Researchers discovered the age old custom of male circumcision was effective in reducing the number of new HIV infections in men.

'Opportunity lost' as Aust PM to stay home from Palau Forum summit

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:22 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau next week.

Cook Democrats 'simply bad losers' - Puna

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

Time is running out for the Democratic Party to challenge the result of the General Election in Cook Islands.

Marianas referendum on boosting education spending

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

When voters go to the polls in the Northern Mariana Islands on November 4th, they will have more to decide than simply which political candidates to support.

Two killed as round the world record bid crashes in American Samoa

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

In American Samoa an extensive search involving local and federal agencies has not been able to locate the body of one of the two men killed when a small plane crashed into the ocean.

Pacific nations advised to 'walk away" from PACER Plus negotiations

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:24 AEST

Two independent organisations, AFTINET, the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network and AID/WATCH are both voicing serious concern about the PACER-Plus Free Trade Deal.

New four time a year AIDS drug unveiled in Melbourne

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:24 AEST

The 20th AIDS International Conference will wind up later today in Melbourne.

Training for Tongans to work in Australia's health care industry

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:25 AEST

A group of students in Tonga is taking part in a pilot program to supply skilled workers to Australia's aged care industry.

Pasifika youth in Melbourne 'at risk'

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:25 AEST

Many young people from Pacific Islander families living in Australia are living in a precarious economic situation and are considered 'at risk' as a result.

Team Scotland passing the baton to Team Fiji

Back in the Games Fiji athletes better their personal bests

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

It's been a good day for Fiji's Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

New Zealand hot favourites to win Rugby Sevens gold in Glasgow

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:26 AEST

There's a feast of rugby sevens in store at the Commonwealth Games this weekend with 16 nations competing for the title won by New Zealand in Delhi four years ago.

Waratah Brumbies clash a mouth-watering prospect - ARU

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:26 AEST

They're down to the last four in this year's Super Rugby season with the two qualifying finals being played this weekend.

Jostling for a NRL top eight spot continues

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:27 AEST

In the National Rugby League some clubs' finals hopes rest on this weekend, as round 20 sees several sides competing for top eight places do battle with each other.

PNG Hunters urged to be "more polished" against Burleigh Bears

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:27 AEST

The PNG Hunters are hoping for victory tomorrow when they take on the Burleigh Bears in the second in a run of four back-to-back home games in the Queensland Cup.

AIDS 2014 - Pulitzer Centre helps journalists cover HIV/AIDS stories

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:56 AEST

The Pulitzer Center shines a spotlight on places and issues often ignored by the mainstream media by providing grants to support independent international journalism.

AIDS 2014 - TV's Love Patrol

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:56 AEST

Around the Pacific the theatre group Won Smolbag, and their TV production Love Patrol, are a well known part of the region's cultural life.

AIDS 2014 - The role of Business in fighting HIV/AIDS

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:57 AEST

Stephen Grant is from the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS, which is involved in the response by the private business sector to HIV/AIDS in our region.

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AIDS 2014 - Promoting female condoms

Updated 31 July 2014, 13:09 AEST

It won't come as a surprise to anyone that at a conference like AIDS 2014 the issue of sexual health is being addressed in a variety of ways.

AIDS 2014 - US Foundation funds HIV support through business

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:58 AEST

Peter Reis is the Senior Vice President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States.

Benjamin Christopher and Maura Elaripe at AIDS 2014

AIDS 2014 - Living with HIV in the Pacific

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:17 AEST

Now to get a personal perspective on what it's like to live with HIV/AIDS in the Pacific we're joined by Benjamin Christopher and Maura Elaripe.

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