Engaging Pasifika cultural competency training programme

If health services connected culture and care for Pasifika people, we would see better access rates, earlier intervention from services, a reduction in ‘did not attend’ rates, more satisfaction with the quality of services and, ultimately, better health outcomes.

Engaging Pasifka is an evidence-informed programme that equips the workforce to connect culture and care. Participants learn the foundational attitudes, knowledge and skills to safely engage with, and effectively deliver quality services for Pasifika people and their families.

The Engaging Pasifika (EP) programme uses a blended learning approach, starting with an e-learning module, followed by a tailored face-to-face full day workshop, and then access to additional e-learning modules and hard copy resources.

EP is designed for non-Pacific health services and is appropriate for people at all levels including frontline workers, administrators, clinicians, managers, and leaders. For Ministry of Health funded workers in a disability, public health, mental health or addiction services, EP is free of charge.

EP is part of the Minsitry of Health Let's Get Real competencies framework, and if you are a registered addictions practitioner, you can gain professional development points.

Harvard specialist on cultural competency training, Professor Joseph Betancourt supported Le Va to ensure best practice – hear from him in this video.

EP is also acknowledged by NZ’s Human Rights Commission and supported by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

View the EP training schedule below or email engagingpasifika@leva.co.nz to find out more.