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Cutting Edge Addiction Conference 2017 – Māori and Pasifika

Cutting Edge Addiction Conference 2017 – Māori and Pasifika

The Addiction Practitioners’ Association (dapaanz) invites media to the 22nd annual Cutting Edge Conference: 7-9 September 2016, Te Papa, Wellington.

Māori and Pasifika media will receive all Cutting Edge media releases and advisories. However, this advisory highlights presentations at the conference that may be of specific interest to Māori and Pasifika media.

Cutting Edge is held each year each year in a different place in New Zealand and usually attracts more than 400 delegates from the addiction treatment sector both here and overseas. It is chiefly organised by dapaanz with support from the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health.

The theme of the conference, Addiction is everybody’s business, highlights the role we all have to play in supporting people experiencing addiction and the need for an integrated system of care that is responsive to people’s circumstances, environment and their life stage.

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• Wednesday 6 September: hui, fono, meetings and treatment centre visits

• Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September: presentations

• Saturday 9 September: skills-based workshops led by keynote speakers and others

A more detailed programme is included at the end of this advisory.

The conference proper will start with a mihi whakatau at 9am on Thursday 7 September

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Keynote speakers 2017 Māori/Pasifika focus

Dr Arthur Evans

As Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service, a $1.2 billion health care agency, Dr Evans realigned the agency’s treatment philosophy, service delivery models and fiscal policies to improve health outcomes and increase the efficiency of the service system.

In so doing he has demonstrated that evidence-based approaches to mental health, addiction and disability can transform a system into one where the most vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged people can begin to lead meaningful lives.

A population health framework for addressing addiction: the Philadelphia experience – Dr Arthur Evans

Thursday 7 September 10am, Amokura Gallery

This presentation will present a framework for addressing mental health and addiction issues from a population health perspective. It will draw on examples from a decade-long transformation of the Philadelphia service system. This transformational work first focused on recovery as an overarching framework, but over time shifted to a population health perspective as its organising principle – emphasising that addiction and mental health issues are everyone’s business.

The presentation will provide a conceptual model, discuss why the city made these changes and touch on how thinking evolved over time within the community. Examples which range from the systematic implementation of evidence-based practices in treatment programmes to the use of community participatory art projects as a health promotion strategy will be provided in addition to the strategies that were employed to make large-scale change.

Employing strategies to change systems; changing addiction systems: how difficult could it really be? – Dr Arthur Evans

Friday 8 September 2pm, Amokura Gallery

Changing service systems can be complex and challenging work. This highly interactive session will present strategies for transforming a large behavioural health system to a population-based framework.

Specific examples from transformation initiatives in Connecticut and Philadelphia will be presented and participants will be able to pose questions to the presenter regarding their efforts in transforming their own organisations or service systems.

Minding my own business is not in my DNA – Jeanette Grace

11.30am, Thursday 7 September, Amokura Gallery

People, who can see a crisis about to happen or has happened, who feel somewhat helpless and have not the resources to fully address the situation, have a significant role to play in supporting the wellbeing of others. The way we live in communities and the commitment to collective values is equally significant. These short stories demonstrate factors for supporting wellness and create the opportunity to review our perceptions and practices.

Jeanette Grace (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Koata) is Dean of Te Wānanga Māori at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua. She has a background in Mental Health and Addictions and Indigenous Training and Education and has served on a number of Boards, including past Chair of Ngāti Koata Trust, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Te Mana Whakahaere o Te Wānanga o Raukawa and is currently on the Te Wānanga o Raukawa Foundation.

Engaging hard to reach Māori communities – Harry Tam

12.15pm, Thursday 7 September, Amokura Gallery

This presentation outlines the definition of hard to reach (h2r), why the definition is used, what community mobilisation is, and why this is the appropriate approach to engage h2r Māori communities. The presentation will also outline a framework for engaging h2r Māori communities and Harry will also discuss H2R’s work relating to the E Tu Whānau kaupapa to prevent violence within h2r Māori communities.

Harry Tam is a co-director of H2R Research & Consulting Ltd, a company established to facilitate the engagement and mobilisation of hard to reach Māori communities for social change. For more than 40 years Harry has worked with indigenous ethnic gangs and other hard to reach communities throughout the country and in prisons.

It takes a village to raise a child – Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa

9.10am, Friday 8 September, Amokura Gallery

Dealing with alcohol and/or drug related offences has been a major challenge for the Samoan Justice System in past years. In 2012, some 43 percent of offences dealt with by the Supreme Court were linked to the use of alcohol and drugs (mainly cannabis). In 2013, this figure rose even higher to 51 percent and in 2014, an alarming 72 percent. Clearly, the primary focus to reduce the crime rate lies in addressing the cause of the criminal behaviour and substance abuse. Safer communities are everyone’s business. It is not the responsibility solely of the Court or the police, but the community as a whole. This has been the underpinning philosophy of the Samoa Alcohol and Drug Court.

A graduate of the University of Waikato and the University of New South Wales, Justice Tuatagaloa is the first woman to be sworn in as a judge in Samoa initially in the District Court from 2011 and in as a Supreme Court Judge since August 2015. She has presided over the Alcohol and Drug Court since its establishment in February 2016.

Doing the Hard Yards: addiction counselling and family violence interventions in Wairoa

Concurrent session, 2.10pm, Thursday 7 September

Andrew Raven, Registered Psychologist, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Wairoa
Sidney Ropitini, Kaiāwhina, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Wairoa

Wairoa is a small town in Northern Hawkes Bay, often caricatured as a 'gang' town, beset by problems of violence, methamphetamine and deprivation. Whilst elements of this description are undoubtedly true, the place has a heart, based on family interconnection, commitment to community, and a shared love of the surrounding environment. This paper will present interventions being conducted in Wairoa that both address family violence and addiction and draw on the qualities of this small riverside town.

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Northland DHB and NZ Police Te Ara Oranga Methamphetamine Demand Reduction Pilot

Concurrent session, 11.40am, Friday 8 September

Jewel Reti, Project Manager, Northland District Health Board
Jenny Freedman, Clinical Champion, Northland District Health Board
Michael Varnam, Acting Detective Inspector, New Zealand Police

Methamphetamine is a growing problem in Northland, with some users stating it is easier to obtain than cannabis. Supply control operations including targeting of large importations and high level dealers have resulted in major recoveries of methamphetamine, but the supply chains are resilient and increasing numbers of people with methamphetamine related problems are presenting in treatment services as well as in Emergency Departments. Te Ara Oranga is an integrated model of Police and Health activity to reduce methamphetamine demand by enhancing clinical treatment services and increasing our responsiveness.

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Working with Māori, an e-learning tool

Concurrent session, 12.10pm, Friday 8 September

Katherine Reweti-Russell, Te tihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Raukawa, Pākeha, Events and Project Lead, Matua Raki
Ashley Koning, Pākeha, Project Lead, Matua Raki

‘Working with Māori’ is an interactive cultural competency tool aiming to increase the cultural competency of our health workforce with a specific focus on mental health and addictions. The purpose of this tool is to equip health workers to increase their understanding of working effectively with Māori clients and whānau to improve health outcomes in this space. The modules are underpinned by the poutama tukutuku pattern, indicating a stepped progression of learning as depicted in the pattern itself.


He tirohanga I te oranaga o ngā tāngata whai ora o te Whare Moana

Jacob Ashdown, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupōuri, Masters Student, Department of Psychology, University of Otago
Dr Gareth Treharne, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Otago
Dr Tia Neha, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi, Te Whānau A Apanui me Ngāti Porou, Kaiāwhina Māori, Department of Psychology University of Otago
Claire Aitken, Programme Director, Moana House
Brian Dixon, Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology, University of Otago

Reducing criminal recidivism in Māori populations remains an issue for society in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Programmes that aim to reduce Māori offending rates have been designed to meet the specific cultural needs of Māori. There is little research that has investigated the relevance of cultural adaptations in the rehabilitation of Māori men with histories of criminal offending and addiction from the perspectives of the individuals themselves. This Masters research project aimed to enhance the understanding of therapeutic community residents' experiences of rehabilitation.


Poster presentations of Māori/Pasifika interest

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3. Patua Whakamaa Art and Therapy Programme

Haehaetu Barett, Service Manager, Mental Health and Addictions, Lifewise Trust, Methodist Mission ki Te Arawa

Patua te Whakamaa is a programme delivered at Lifewise by Onekura Ltd (Chanz Mikaere) is as a creative therapy initiative for those experiencing addiction and mental illness. Patua te Whakamaa is literally the removal of whakamaa (the shame associated with addiction and mental illness). The project aims to reduce stigmatisation at a peer level to build resilience via art and therapeutic techniques supported by Manaakitanga.

4. A Cultural Approach to the 12 Steps

Tommy Benefield, Principal Advisor AOD, Corrections

The presentation will demonstrate the correlation between Maori and Pasifika models of therapy and the inherent principles and practices of 12-step recovery. “The 12-step traditions of starting meetings with karakia, providing kai, encouraging whānau attendance, and welcoming tamariki so that parents can attend etc. are all closely aligned with Māori traditions of tikanga and manakitanga. For Māori 12-step recovery culture fits parallel with their own culture. The poster highlights the benefits of 12-step recovery in a culturally diverse modern society.

5. Toe afua se taeao fou Addiction is everybody’s business

Luamanuvae Toma Petelo, Ministry of Justice & Court Administration
Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, Ministry of Justice & Court Administration
Muliagatele David Carter, Ministry of Justice & Court Administration
Aukusitino Senio, TUPU Services

Dealing with alcohol and other drug related offences has been a major challenge for the Samoan Justice System in the past years. A community approach re-introducing back to basics cultural, spiritual and village communities’ collaboration has been the focus of our new Samoan ADC. Safer communities are everyone business has been the Samoa ADC philosophy. In the year 2012, some 43 percent of offences dealt with by the Supreme Court, were linked to the use of AOD. In 2013, this figure rose even higher to 51 percent. In 2014, it rose to 72 percent. Clearly, a primary focus of fighting crime lies in addressing the issue of substance abuse.

10. Weaving whānau and resources together: Delivering a supporting parents, healthy children contract

Jennie Valgrie, Clinical Manager, Odyssey
River Paton, Operations Manager, Odyssey

The Supporting Parents Healthy Children Guideline (2015) recognises the wellbeing of children is everyone’s responsibility and not just infant, child and adolescent services. It provides a mandate or all mental health and addiction services to work in a strengths-based and family-focused way to help parents. All addiction providers have a role to play supporting and promoting positive family relationships and the development of all children with parents of mental health and/or addiction issues to ensure optimal outcomes for our future generations. Te Puawai Aroha (‘Blossoming Love’) is a Supporting Parents, Healthy Children programme funded by Counties Manukau DHB, delivered by Youth Odyssey since 2014. The focus of the programme has been to support clients and their whānau to grow stronger, together.

11. How Cultural Connectedness enhances transformation recovery and wellbeing

Rhonda Zielinski-Toki, Clinical Manager, Te Ha Oranga
Steward Eiao, AOD Counsellor, Te Ha Oranga
Taniora Tauariki, Mental Health Worker, Te Ha Oranga

Te Ha’s alcohol and other drug service is based on the practices and principles of Te Ao Māori, encompassing Te reo me ona Tikanga. This is done by upholding on a daily basis the three sacred obligations of Mana Ngāti Whatua, Manaakitanga, and Kaitiakitanga. Often when clients enter our service, many are unaware f their genealogy, whakapapa, and pepeha, which is critical to knowing oneself and being able to fulfil the Rangatira space for which we were all destined.

17.Mātūtū (Recovery): creating a bridge to recovery and wellbeing together

Ken Kerehoma, Cultural Advisor, Odyssey
Piripi Davis , Kai Arahi Māori, Odyssey

This poster will describe Odyssey’s integration of Mātūtū (Recovery) throughout our ervice delivery, particularly in our community services hub, Te Tāwharau. Mātūtū is the kaupapa Māori element of Te Tāwharau’s continuing care community groups for tangata haiora. The poster will illustrate how Mātūtū bridges the gap between our residential kaupapa Māori groups and building ongoing recovery, including how Mātūtū incorporates Māu rākau, Raranga, and Kapa Haka.

19. Whanaungatanga: fluidity in service provision, don’t just pass by the window, Haere Mai

Leigh Wilson, Pou Tohutohu, Pou Maihi, Ngaakau Tapatahi
Lance McCorkindale, Pou Tohutohu, Pou Maihi, Ngaakau Tapatahi

Whanaungatanga hears aroha and sees an accessible, articulate and vulnerable Kuia. Whanaungatanga: an approach that varies depending on context, and involves value processes that are inter-related. Every person, animal, plant, rock, and thought, across all time and space are embraced beneath the korowai of Whanaungatanga, the concept is inclusive. The roles are non-static and evolutionary in their approach and application. Whanaungatanga listens to better hear what whānau who have mental health and addiction stories need.


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