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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.
The Engaging Pasifika programme went further than it had ever gone before when it was delivered to an enthusiastic group of nearly 60 people in Invercargill on 17 April.
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".
Le Va’s Engaging Pasifika (EP) programme has recently been awarded an acknowledgement from the Human Rights Commission.
On Wednesday 24 October the Le Va team delivered EP Live to services in the Christchurch region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Engaging Pasifika is an applied training package aimed at better engagement with Pacific service users and their families. A training pilot was held on 30 April 2010, and the national roll out began in August 2010.
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.