Courses highly motivating

After the overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants who attended the most recent courses run by HPF, news that the next two courses have been confirmed is welcome. The Certificate of Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion will be held in Wellington and Auckland. Block One of the Wellington course will be held from September 4- 7 and Block Two from October 2-5 at Te Aroha Clubrooms (opposite Waiwhetu Marae), 148 Whites Line East, Waiwhetu, Lowerhutt. In Auckland, Block One will be held from October 30 to November 2 and Block Two from November 27 to 30 at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara. Click here to complete the online registration. HPF’s Trevor Simpson who will facilitate the course also facilitated the Māori Concepts of Health workshop in Blenheim on May 7. Participants praised Mr Simpson for his excellent knowledge and resources and described him as an “amazing presenter, easily relatable, humorous and clear”. The participants came away from the workshop “energised, confident, motivated” and ready to tackle their jobs with a new-found enthusiasm. They agreed they learned so much about the identity of Māori and why this needs to be respected when working in health promotion. Sally Tonill a social worker from Nelson Bays Primary Health said this was one of the most interesting trainings she had done around Māori worldview. “It has reignited my interest in how I work and engage with Māori in community, as I was getting a bit jaded.” Pam Maxted of the Marlborough District Health Board said the presentation was well balanced and made her really mindful of how much she needed to listen to Maori in the relationship-building process. Understanding Māori myth, legends and customs was also a highlight for participants. A limited number of scholarships for the health promotion courses are available. Contact for an application. (In the banner photo are students at the Certificate of Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion course at MIT in Manukau with course facilitator, Trevor Simpson, left, from April 17 to 20 and May 15 to 18.)    

Students wrapped up the course with team presentations, showcasing not only what they had learned and understood but how creatively they could get their message across to their audience.

      The team presentations entertained and informed the audience, which comprised fellow students.           Course Facilitator, Trevor Simpson is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Health Promotion Strategist with the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. Trevor has a background in community development, Māori social development, Treaty settlements and Māori health promotion. He is committed to Māori health promotion as an important vehicle to improving Māori health outcomes and Māori community development.