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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

the nz mental health study te rau hinengaro
The NZ Mental Health Study: Te Rau Hinengaro
  • largest mental health study ever undertaken in NZ.

n = 2,374

high rates of mental disorder
High Rates of Mental Disorder

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

our young people are bearing the burden
Our Young People are bearing the burden

Cumulative lifetime risk by disorder

our young people are bearing the burden6
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
low rates of access
Low rates of access

12-month access rate

the bubble is coming
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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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

matutaki engaging young people
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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