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Pacific mental health and addiction scholarships

Le Va mental health and addiction scholarships

Le Va is committed to growing the Pacific mental health and addictions workforce.

We are now in the seventh year of administering the Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Scholarships on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Health Workforce New Zealand. The purpose of the scholarships is to grow and upskill the Pacific mental health and addiction workforce as part of our Futures that work programme.

Successful recipients receive a financial contribution towards their academic tuition fees and automatic placement and participation in the Futures that work programme.

Congratulations to our 2016 recipients

The 2016 assessment panel, consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Pacific leaders in the mental health and addictions sector and Le Va, reached a final decision to allocate $200,000 to 48 Pacific students to establish and/ or develop and upskill in these sectors.

Visit the 2016 results for an overview of the scholarship recipients by study area, ethnicity, education provider and region.

Recipients were awarded their scholarships from the Associate Minister of Health, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Ministry of Health Pacific advisor Matafanua Hilda Fa’asalele, Acting Director of Health Workforce NZ Margareth Attwood and the Mental Health and Addictions Team Leader, Derek Thompson from the Ministry of Health.

Read more about the awards evening and view the dinner photos.

You can also read about previous scholarship recipient Aulola He-Polealisi Fuka Lino and her work in Tongan suicide prevention and Poutasi Urale-Baker and his work in gambling and addictions research. Also have a read about how Le Va has supported recipients  Natalie Leger, Rosa Solomona, Papali’itele La’a Uitime, Dwaine Faletanoa’i and Epe Ana Elisara through the workforce pipeline. 

Thank you to all 2016 scholarship applicants. The timeline that follows outlines the process for applications. Please watch this space for the announcement of the 2017 scholarships later in the year and if you have any questions, please email scholarships@leva.co.nz.

Application process Date Process information
Applications close 4 March 2016 CLOSED.
Process all applications 7 - 9 March 2016
  • Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of application.
  • All applications are prepared for the assessment panel.
Assessment of applications 18 March 2016
  • The maximum value of the scholarship is at the discretion of the scholarship assessment panel which is made up of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Health Workforce NZ, Pacific leaders in the mental health and addiction sectors, the Pacific community and Le Va.
All applicants notified of the outcome 21 March 2016
  • Scholarships that are not claimed and accepted by applicants by the advised date will be forfeited.
Process invoices and initiate payments April & May 2016
  • Payment fees will be made directly to the tertiary provider.
All successful recipients gather at the Growing Pacific Solutions conference 20 - 22 April 2016
Track and monitor successful recipients June - December 2016

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