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The extent of the Whānau Ora initiative


17 November 2019


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SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo.

SouthSeas Healthcare joins the fourth annual Pacific Whānau Ora conference, which also marks the 5th year of establishment of Pasifika Futures Ltd, the Pacific Whānau Ora commissioning agency. The conference marks an important milestone in how Pasifika Futures and key agencies like SouthSeas Healthcare look at delivering the best outcomes for Pacific families, and the coming together of Pacific providers and Whānau Ora partners from across the sector.

Earlier this year a government review of Whānau Ora showed the approach is working well for Pacific and Māori families, but there's not enough buy-in from other agencies. The report also found that some government agencies do not know what Whānau Ora is.

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo says Whānau Ora is all about family. “As a Whānau Ora provider we have been working closely with our families who have signed up to the programme to plan and achieve positive changes for themselves and their communities.”

The Whānau Ora conference is an opportunity for key providers to come together to share and learn from each other and look back on the journey of families who have been part of Whānau Ora from day one.

“Our family voices are important to us and we have heard this throughout the conference. We have many families that we have worked with that have shared their stories of hardship, aspirations and the Whānau Ora journey.”

This year’s theme ‘Navigating from the Heart’ speaks of family voices and working together for their vision of success. To date, the programme has engaged with 81,000 Pacific people nationwide and over 15,500 families.

“Our families in South Auckland have been facing a lot of challenges especially health, education and housing at the top of the agenda. The conference also reminded us of families who have been part of Whānau Ora and who have been able to reverse some of the traumatic challenges they faced. There are some great stories there, both inspiring and empowering. The conference is all about celebration of what we are doing well, and how far we’ve come.”

The conference, hosted by Pasifika Futures, Whānau Ora Pacific Commissioning agency, and over 20 Whānau Ora Partners, takes place 14-15 November at the Holiday Inn Māngere, Auckland. It involves two days of inspirational speakers, panel discussions, innovative workshops and networking opportunities all adding up to an experience of how Whānau Ora is changing family lives.

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