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Research confirms global uniqueness of NZ Health Promotion Competencies

A Master’s Degree dissertation by HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hicks has upheld the widely held view that  the 2012 New Zealand Health Promotion Competencies (HPC2012) are unique in the world, due to their central inclusion of indigenous Māori perspectives.  This central positioning of Māori results in a framework that is an effective capacity-development tool to improve Māori health and reduce inequities.

 

Findings from Karen’s qualitative research confirmed that the HPC2012 provides an example of best practice that is values-driven and inclusive. Karen’s analysis showed that the process’ cultural-sensitivity was made possible by the:

 

a)      weaving of Māori tikanga values throughout the development phase.

b)      inclusion of grassroots workers – the backbone of the health promotion workforce – in the development process for the competencies.

c)       provision of adequate time to meaningfully consult with Māori.

 

Karen used a two-fold methodology for her research, including the comparative analysis of secondary data from four international health promotion competency frameworks and analysis of primary data obtained from interviews with New Zealand health promotion public health leaders.

 

 

The HPC2012 is the second version of the competencies; the first having been published in 2000.   The rigorous review and wide consultation with Māori was a response to feedback that identified inadequate consultation with the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand as a shortcoming of the first version.

The current competencies were recently recognised by the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) as equivalent to their own European Health Promotion Competencies.  See article.

 

 

 

16 March 2016

Jo Lawrence-King

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