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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.
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 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.
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.
More Pacific mental health and addiction sector workers will further their training after scholarships were awarded on Friday.
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).
Co-presenting with global leader in cultural competency Harvard Professor Joseph Betancourt was the experience of a lifetime.
It was an exciting start to the programme for the 2013 Le Tautua emerging leaders cohort.
A Polyfest award - Te Urunga - acknowledges a school from each stage at Polyfest for demonstrating inclusive practice.
Te Pou is delighted to be working on a three year work plan with Te Rau Matatini and the Werry Centre.
Just before the Christmas break Le Va had the pleasure of attending the graduation of staff at Pacific Homecare Trust.
We are excited to congratulate Fatima Akehurst for her recent appointment to the Choice in Community Living reference group.
As a relative newbie to the addictions sector, I attended my first sector leadership day recently and it was truly an eye opener for this novice.
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.
How do you feel about your Pacific identity and wellbeing? If you identify as someone from a Pacific nation you are invited to take part in a survey which will contribute to a PhD thesis. Everyone who completes the study will be entered into a prize draw for $250 of grocery vouchers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Le Va hosted the When Culture and Care Connect forum on 10 June 2011. This was the first ever national forum on Pacific cultural competency across all sectors held in New Zealand.
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.
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.