“People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care. It is about building relationships, seeing where people are at and not pushing your values and ideas on them.” (Ngakiri Antonovich, Pasifika Health Promotion workshop participant)
Register now for the Pasifika Health Promotion workshop to revise your skills and boost your ability to work closely and engage meaningfully with Pacific communities and families and help them take control of their health and wellbeing.
The workshop which will focus on the social determinants of health from a Pacific perspective will be held at the Waitakere Resource Centre in West Auckland.
Course facilitator, Dr Viliami Puloka said although the workshop would examine non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and heart disease and their impact on Pacific and Maori communities, the emphasis was not on the disease but the underlying causes or contributing factors for these diseases.
The aim was to identify why these communities were so affected by these diseases and how these issues could be addressed, he said.
“We’re talking about issues such as poor housing, low socio-economic status and education which contribute to rising health issues.”
Dr Puloka said the workshop would help to upskill health workers so they could relate more meaningfully with Pasifika families and communities and help them to advance spiritually, socially, economically and culturally.
“In this workshop we are looking beyond biology and genetics to social, cultural and economic factors that prevent us from achieving optimum health and wellbeing. Many of these social factors are beyond the control of individuals and their families. Together we will explore ways to deal with these issues in our everyday living.”
Feedback from past workshops has been overwhelmingly positive with participants agreeing it broadened their views about health promotion and was vital for those working with Pacific communities.
“People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care. It is about building relationships, seeing where people are at and not pushing your values and ideas on them,” said one participant.
- To outline some of the challenges in Pacific people’s health
- Provide opportunity for health promoters to assess their level of competency as a community health practitioner
- Understand both medical and social implication of non-communicable diseases. Examine the opportunities and challenges that the determinants of health approach brings to Pacific health promoters, as well as social service providers.