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Enabling a culturally competent disability workforce

Imagine a world where Pasifika people with disabilities have access to all the services they need. A world without language or cultural barriers, and where Pasifika people with disabilities can live the life they want the way they want. Le Va is working with disability support services, communities, and others to develop such a world, right here in Aotearoa.

A disability workforce with capability, cultural competency and capacity is required to effectively engage with Pasifika communities and deliver effective disability support services that are responsive to their cultural needs.

The Engaging Pasifika cultural competency programme has been in high demand for our disability workforce, with the most disability workers ever undertaking the programme in the past 12 months compared to previous years. In total 213 disability health workers completed the Engaging Pasifika programme from over 30 organisations.

In addition, many other disability workers attended both open face to face Engaging Pasifika workshops and EP live online webinars.

Since 2013, more than 1580 disability health workers completed Engaging Pasifika Cultural Competency programme.
100% of disability participants rated the Engaging Pasifika programme as an excellent programme overall!

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About the author •
As Senior Manager, Ben is responsible for improving access to disability support services for Pasifika people. He brings a vast amount of experience having worked in the mental health sector for more than 15 years.

Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.