GPS 2017 Satellite Seminars

The national ‘Growing Pacific Solutions’ conferences have demonstrated that they are an effective platform to showcase innovative and integrated solutions that meet the needs of our Pasifika families. We’re now delivering on our promise and supporting our mental health and addiction workforce at regional and local levels to do the same.

Le Va facilitated the inaugural Regional GPS Satellite Seminar on the 28 June in Auckland. Check out the full story here.

If you want to know more about our satellite seminars coming to you region:

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Expressions of Interest for our GPS Satellite Seminar in Christchurch are now open​! 


What do we want to achieve?
The purpose of the GPS Satellite Seminars is to equip the mental health and addiction workforce with integrated solutions that support services and people to achieve the best possible outcomes for Pasifika people and their families.

We’ll ensure the seminar is relevant by co-designing the programme with local leadership – alumni of Le Va’s Le Tautua leadership programme – to address local workforce needs.

The overarching objectives of the GPS Satellite Seminars are to:

  • identify integrated solutions across systems and sectors 
  • facilitate relationships across boundaries and opportunities for cross-pollination and co-design
  • provide a platform for professional and strategic networking
  • share innovative clinical, cultural and community practice 
  • curate knowledge and translate evidence informed policy and practice for the Pasifika workforce

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Want to know more about the GPS bi-annual national conference?
GPS is co-created by young Pasifika people to promote and share solutions that work for them in social sector areas – such as mental health, suicide prevention, cultural identity, violence prevention, disability, public health, employment and education.

GPS is more than just a conference – it’s a call to action for all involved to work together to support our workforce, families and communities to reach their full potential.

Watch these clips from previous conferences to get the idea:


What does the name GPS mean?
GPS is a play on words with dual meanings that elicits a deeper understanding for all those involved.

GPS refers to Growing Pacific Solutions for our communities:
The solutions to our issues lie within our communities and our culture. GPS national conferences provide a platform to validate Pacific solutions and ensure more responsive and integrated systems and services. Demonstrable conference outcomes have spoken for themselves.

GPS also refers to Global Positioning System - by satallite or by ancient stars: 

“When we use our Google maps from our cell phone, three or four satellites up in space talk to each other to help us locate where we are and where we are going. In ancient times the networks of stars adorning the evening sky were a celestial blueprint for Polynesians. The seasons for planting vital crops and for harvesting the riches of the seas were also governed by the global position of certain heavenly bodies. This fono draws upon the knowledge of our ancestors whose voices from the past act as our reference points today, to guide us in contemporary society and into the future.”

- Monique Faleafa, opening speech at GPS 2012.

Our new GPS Satellite Seminars for 2017 will serve to guide our mental health and addiction workforce, whether by satellite or by ancient stars, they help us locate the best solutions for Pasifika people and their families.

Check out more highlights from the 2016 conference on our YouTube channel.