GPS 2018 satellite seminars

The national Growing Pacific Solutions (GPS) conferences have proven an effective platform to share innovative and integrated wellbeing solutions that address the needs of Pasifika families. 

In 2018 Le Va is facilitating regional mental health and addiction cross-sector forums – linking national initiatives to support local solutions.

GPS 2018 and the Mental Health Inquiry

The theme of this year’s GPS forums is to take a specific focus on how New Zealand is preventing and responding to Pasifika people with mental health and addiction problems in each region, and how systems and services can be improved for Pasifika people and their families. 

We are delighted to announce that mental health inquiry panel members will be joining our forums to hear local views for Pasifika wellbeing. The government’s 2018 mental health inquiry is a once in a generation call to action for all New Zealanders to have a say on how we want to look after the wellbeing of our families.

Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa! This year due to widespread concern the government set up the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. Ensuring our Pacific communities voices were well heard was a key priority, so Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath (Auckland University Co-Head of School and Head of Pacific Studies) and Josiah Tualamali'i (Chair of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Trust) were appointed.  The role of the panel is to listen to the voices of Aotearoa, we are excited that your insights and ideas can shape the recommendations we must give to the Government by 31 October 2018. #NZInquiry18. 

- Josiah Tualamali’i

Register your interest 

Bay of Islands - 3 May, 12.30-6.30pm | Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands 58 Seaview Road, Paihia

Auckland - 29 June, 9.30-4pm | Jet Park Hotel, 63 Westney Road, Mangere, Auckland 

Wellington - 5 July, 9.30-4pm | Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie

Christchurch - 11 July, 9.30-4pm | Heartland Hotel Cotswold, 88-96 Papanui Road, Merivale | Programme coming soon

Dunedin - 12 July, 12.30-6.30pm | Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, 118 High Street, Dunedin | Programme coming soon

Hawke's Bay - Pending interest

If you'd like to attend, please click through to register your interest here.

Background to GPS

Le Va’s GPS 2016 national conference focused on young people, with over 500 people in attendance, emphasising authentic youth participation in order to create solutions for young people.

The GPS regional satellite seminars are Le Va’s response to overwhelming feedback from national fono that regional mental health and addiction cross-sector integrated forums are also required. 

Le Va is committed to facilitating these satellite seminars, linking national initiatives to the regions, and co-designing content to support local solutions.

The GPS seminars provide a platform where Pasifika mental health and addiction workers can discuss ways to support services and clients, to achieve the best possible outcomes for Pasifika people and their families.

The seminars have been co-developed by Le Va staff, and alumni from the Le Tautua leadership programme. This allows each seminar to reflect and be led by local mental health and addiction workers. 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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