Latest news 12 April 2019 | Connecting Counties Manukau Health staff with community-based social service providers who work directly with Pacific families is behind a Pacific Social Services Expo held at Middlemore Hospital this week.
The Expo was organised by the CM Health Pacific Health Development Fanau Ola Social Work team and brought together more than 20 social service groups from across a number of social sectors with the aim to help staff who work closely with Pacific communities get to know the community-based services available for patients.
“The whole idea is to build better working relationships between our staff and community based organisations. Our Pacific clientele have high complex needs so the referrals they get from staff is crucial in order to help them get the assistance they need,” says Pacific Health Development Social Work lead, Maria Teinakore.
“Our Fanau Ola team has a key focus on providing the best healthcare for our Pacific people within the district. We rely on the collaborative relationship we have with our external partners who provide support like budgeting advice, family start, parenting skills, intellectual disability, health and mental health services,” says Maria.
“By bringing everyone together in one room we’re not only learning from each other but we’re building stronger networks that will ultimately strengthen our ability to provide the right services for our communities.”
The NGO services who participated in the expo included Family Start, Kahui Te kaha, Vaiola Budgeting, Strive, PI Home Care, Otara Health, Salvation Army, Phab Pasifika, Tongan Health Inc, Iosis, CADS-TUPU, Supporting Families, Penina, Toa Pacific, Affirming Works, Fonua Ola and Vaka Tautua.