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Le Va recently had the opportunity to add our perspective to a breakfast where business leaders heard how cross-cultural engagement can help gain a competitive edge.
More Pacific mental health and addiction sector workers will further their training after scholarships were awarded on Friday.
Co-presenting with global leader in cultural competency Harvard Professor Joseph Betancourt was the experience of a lifetime.
Our EP Live workshop in Christchurch on 24 October had a good outcome with 94 per cent of participants either moderately or strongly agreeing with the statement "Overall, I thought the workshop was excellent".
We are delighted to announce that two members of the Faiva Ora National Leadership Group are now advising on significant national projects which will shape the future of disability support services.
Two main outcomes from our GPS 2012: national fono in April this year saw our Pacific mental health, addictions, disabilities and other social sectors agree that in order to grow Pacific solutions for our families, we need to enforce that culture is key to integrated solutions and strengthen collective activity across sectors for better outcomes.
At the same time that we grow the skills and knowledge of the Pacific workforce, a major focus for Le Va is to enhance the responsiveness of services so that Pacific families are accessing quality care.
Thank you for supporting GPS:2012! Around 350 delegates attended the fono in April 2012 in Auckland. Celebrating ‘what works’ for Pacific families and providing the opportunity for new thinking and innovative partnerships across artificial boundaries has become a realistic goal after GPS 2012.
The last three months have been a period of action and outcomes as we work alongside our Pacific communities.
Earlier this month the GPS 2012: Growing Pacific Solutions for our families national fono brought our Pacific communities and mental health, addictions, disabilities and other social sectors together, to work across boundaries on common issues and share innovation.
Nearly $1.7 million will be awarded to more than 220 Pacific people who have chosen to study a health related qualification in 2012.
Health and disability professionals will soon be able to gain a better cultural understanding of Pacific peoples via New Zealand’s first ever online cultural training programme.
Multiple agencies will meet in Auckland in early April for the first ever conference aimed specifically at addressing mental health, addiction and disability issues within New Zealand’s Pacific community.
Over the last four years Le Va’s portfolio has expanded to include Pacific workforce development initiatives and national coordination services in Pacific mental health, disability support, general health and addictions.