Students who completed HPF/MIT’s short course in Kaitaia, in the far North last week say they have gained a new-found enthusiasm for their work in the community and are encouraging others to attend the course if they haven’t yet done so.
Block one of the Certificate of Achievement in introducing Health Promotion short course was held at Te Hiki Hauora from September 3 to 6 and Block two from October 1 to 4.
Mihiwira Henare of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa said for someone who had not studied for more than 10 years the course had given her a sense of motivation to relearn things.
“I’ve been complacent in what I know and having all this new information come in, it was like wow! I enjoyed it a lot and I wish it went longer to be quite honest.”
Mihiwira said she would definitely recommend the course to her work colleagues who hadn’t had had the chance to do it yet.
“I’d encourage them to do the course, so they have evidence to back them up. Their natural instinct is to awhi and help, and you know that the things they are doing is right, but they can’t prove that to anybody because they don’t have that background knowledge.”
Chanel Roberts of Te Hiku Hauora said most of her colleagues had already been on the course and had raved on about how amazing it was going to be.
The former hairdresser admitted she wasn’t too keen on studying, but the course was “pretty amazing”.
She especially loved the interactive nature of the second block.
“This (course) has been such an amazing journey and I have learned so much. And during this second week, everything just sank in…I am a practical person and doing the role plays, the interaction just helped it all sink in for me.”
Christopher Te Wake, Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust said he would absolutely recommend the course because of its long-term benefits. “I know what I have learned will benefit me for my whanau, for my community, my iwi and my hapu.
“Because we do a lot of health planning in the Hokianga, the course gives us a proper foundation of how to target the right groups and learning how to gather the right information, how to use the determinants and how to use the Ottawa Charter,” he said
The next CoA course will be held next month in Wellington at the Sisters of Compassion, Island Bay. Block one is from October 26 – November 29 and Block two from November 26 – 29.
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