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Addiction and problem gambling workforce to receive new scholarship

Futures that Work scholarship recipients

Futures that Work scholarship recipients

Le Va and Te Whatu Ora have announced the establishment of a new scholarship programme for students focusing on careers in the Alcohol and other Drug (AoD) and gambling harm sectors.

At least 80 new scholarships will be awarded annually, to enhance the capacity and capability of the addiction and gambling harm workforce. Successful applicants will receive tailored support in the form of financial assistance, cultural support, mentoring and career planning.

Toleafoa Mark Esekielu

Toleafoa Mark Esekielu

Le Va’s Senior Manager for Mental Health and Addiction, Toleafoa Mark Esekielu, said, “Over the last 15 years, we have seen the growing need for addictions and problem gambling support in our communities. Le Va is excited to partner with Te Whatu Ora to support the workforce with scholarships that will make a real difference in outcomes over the coming years.”

While all students committed to working in the AoD and gambling harm fields will be eligible, particular focus will be on priority groups including Māori, Pacific, Asian, youth, rainbow and lived experience communities, as well as the whānau of those affected by these issues.

Le Va, a Pacific primary prevention organisation, has a long history of partnership with Te Whatu Ora, successfully administering the Futures that Work Pasifika mental health and addiction scholarship since 2009.

By addressing workforce shortages and promoting equitable representation, the programme has the potential to contribute to the growth and skills of the AoD and gambling harm workforce, ultimately improving the quality and accessibility of mental health and addiction services in Aotearoa.

Opening dates for the first round of applications will be announced later this year.

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