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Faiva Ora Leadership Group member Latoa Halatau recently travelled to New Caledonia for the Pacific Disability Forum’s (PDF) Pacific Regional Conference on Disability on 8-12 April 2013.
The Ministry of Health recently released a brief summary which presents key findings about the health and wellbeing of Pacific adults and children in 2011-12.
A new Pacific-specific model of mentoring and coaching was launched at the Le Va Mental Health and Addictions Scholarship dinner on 15 April 2013.
The FLEP Trust Board and Dr Monique Faleafa are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Muller to the role of General Manager of Family Life Education Trust (FLEP).
Le Va’s Engaging Pasifika (EP) programme has recently been awarded an acknowledgement from the Human Rights Commission.
Connecting culture and care in our services results in better engagement with Pacific people. This is the key principle behind Le Va’s Engaging Pasifika cultural competency programme.
The GPS 2012 - Growing Pacific Solutions for our families fono held in Auckland earlier this month brought together over 300 delegates from the health, social services and disability sector for the first inter-sectoral Pacific gathering this year.
The launch of Le Va’s Pacific Disability Cultural Competency Training Programme at the GPS 2012 fono marks an important milestone in the development of Pacific cultural competency training as an effective tool in supporting non-Pacific people to better engage and respond to the needs of Pacific peoples.
Yesterday morning saw a ‘full house’ at Waipuna Conference Centre, with more than 300 people coming together for the GPS Growing Pacific Solutions for our families conference, organised by Le Va.
Pati Umaga, a poor humble Samoan boy from Wainuiomata is a man on a mission. "My vision for disabled Pacific people is that they build strong relationships with others and feel a part of the community. Our people are standoffish with service providers. It only takes one bad experience to turn them off. We want to access the world and contribute."
Sector expectation is growing with just over five weeks until Le Va’s inaugural GPS 2012 national fono with key partners.
When Jessica Papali’i-Curtin, a Pacific Health Workforce Awards recipient, heard that she was among a small group of outstanding, young, Pacific New Zealanders to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award, she felt very humbled.
The success of Le Va’s Engaging Pasifika cultural competency training programme is generating interest from sectors other than health, like education, corrections and social services sectors.
The achievements of the Pacific Health Workforce Awards recipients were celebrated at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Health on Friday, 6 May 2011. More than 330 people attended the event at the Dream Centre in Manukau including award recipients’ supporters, cabinet ministers, Ministry of Health officials and Te Pou and Le Va staff. Check out photos taken on the night.
Le Va sponsored the inaugural national Pacific consumer and family recovery conference. This was through a successful application by the Waitemata DHB to the Fakatu’amelie Innovation Fund for a one-off grant.