Mātaatua Marae hosts Māori Co-existing Disorders Summit
Mātaatua Marae hosts National Māori Co-existing Disorders Summit
Mātaatua Marae in Whakatāne will be the venue for the national Māori Co-existing Disorders Summit on December 2nd and 3rd this year. This is the fourth national summit of its kind organised by Te Pū Wānanga o Anamata, a local iwi education provider. Initiated in 2010, for Māori health as a workforce development initiative, Anamata pioneered the teaching of a Diploma in Applied Māori Health – Co-existing Disorders, an NZQA Level 6 approved programme and fully endorsed by DAPAANZ.
The theme of this year’s summit is `Mā te hinengaro e kite, mā te whatumanawa e rangona’ that translates as ~ The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing’. The focus is specifically on `Education, Evaluation and Ethics’ and will explore a number of critical issues which impact the provision of co-existing education, management and treatment especially amongst Māori service providers. Presentations from a range of notable national practitioners in the field and recognised entities including from Mātaatua make up the program this year. The opening address will be delivered by Ms. Kirsten Rei, the chief executive of The Glenn Inquiry, an independent inquiry into all forms of child abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand. Other guest speakers include Dr Hukarere Valentine of Ngāti Awa extraction who currently lectures in clinical psychology at Massey University; Mr. Phillip Siataga, a nationally recognised pasifika youth worker from Christchurch working in CAYADS; and others.
The purpose of the summit is to showcase the new and emerging knowledge of the students with the intention of elevating Māori models of practice on a national platform and where possible, practice that is derived specifically from tikanga-ā-iwi. The students will present alongside the industry/Hauora Māori practitioners in what is a truly collaborative approach.
In the past the summit has attracted participants from all over the country and continues to promote a ‘grass roots reality’ around the CED sector, service provision and consumer related issues.
The summit will end with a surprise trio presentation from three `mokoed’ Mātaatua men who have been successfully utilising practice models from their iwi for over two decades.
Registrations are now open for the summit visit the website www.maoricedsummit.weebly.com.