Growing Pasifika Solutions

The Growing Pasifika Solutions (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 and also required. 

Le Va is committed to facilitating these satellite seminars on a bi-annual basis, 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.

GPS 2020

The 2020 GPS conference will take place on 6-8 April 2020 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland.

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

This conference is for anyone whose work impacts on Pacific young people, particularly across social sectors such as:

  • mental health
  • suicide prevention
  • whānau ora
  • violence prevention
  • justice and corrections
  • health workforce
  • addictions
  • disability support services
  • education and training
  • sports and wellbeing
  • research and policy
  • social services


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