With higher rates of mental illness and substance abuse than the general population, and an extremely under-represented mental health and addiction workforce, our Futures that work programme focuses on growing and upskilling the Pacific workforce, aiming to meet demand.
We are honoured to deliver the Pacific mental health and addiction scholarships and support programme on behalf of Health Workforce New Zealand, Ministry of Health.
Growing the size and skills of the Pacific workforce takes more than just financial support, it's also about providing appropriate mentoring, coaching, cultural and pastoral care, as well as identifying employment and career pathways. This is evidenced in our 2017 results, which show the largest number of recipients awarded in its eight-year history, and our update on 2017 recipients.
Our Futures that work programme supports our scholarship recipients to choose a future that works for them and for our Pacific communities. Le Va also makes sure that it’s a future that aligns with workforce priorities, so that we’re developing a fit-for-purpose workforce that works for all. Futures that work is a three step process.