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Cherish the Va & Strengthen Pacific Well Being Dr Monique Niumata Faleafa, September 2009 SPINZ National Symposium: Culture & Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Cherish the Va & Strengthen Pacific Well Being Dr Monique Niumata Faleafa, September 2009 SPINZ National Symposium: Culture & Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa. The NZ Mental Health Study: Te Rau Hinengaro. largest mental health study ever undertaken in NZ. . n = 2,374.

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Cherish the Va & Strengthen Pacific Well BeingDr Monique Niumata Faleafa, September 2009 SPINZ National Symposium: Culture & Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa


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The NZ Mental Health Study: Te Rau Hinengaro

  • largest mental health study ever undertaken in NZ.

n = 2,374


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High Rates of Mental Disorder

pacific people carry a higher burden of mental disorder than New Zealanders in general


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Higher rates of hazardous alcohol abuse


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Our Young People are bearing the burden

Cumulative lifetime risk by disorder


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Our Young People are bearing the burden

  • NZ born Pacific had a significantly higher 12 month prevalence of mental disorder, than those born in the islands who migrated to New Zealand over the age of 18


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Low rates of access

12-month access rate


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Higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts


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The bubble is coming…

  • Suicidality is high

  • High prevalence, low access

  • Demand for a clinically and culturally competent workforce

  • Grow the workforce of today for the challenges we face tomorrow


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Creating space for mental well being

Le Va – the space that relates

Vibrant Leadership & well Pacific families


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organisation

family

person

practitioner

community and context

western worldviews – western knowledge systems, epistemology, theoretical underpinnings, cultural paradigms, pedagogy

va

negotiated space

therapeutic

relationship

pacific worldviews – indigenous knowledge systems, epistemology, theoretical underpinnings, cultural paradigms, pedagogy


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Culture in Leadership – Le Tautua Emerging Leaders


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Matutaki – engaging young people

  • A long-term recruitment strategy that engages young Pacific people to consider a career in mental health


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“Our Va with others defines us.

We can only be ourselves linked to everyone and everything else in the va, the unity that is all and now.”

Albert Wendt


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www.leva.co.nz


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