New service supports Pacific Peoples' wellbeing

Latest News 10 July 2019 | The mental health needs of Counties Manukau’s Pacific Population will be better served under an initiative launched earlier this week.

Faletoa is a new service which ensures culturally appropriate support for all Pacific people receiving treatment from CM Health’s Mental Health and Addiction clinicians.

This is because the clinicians will be supported by Pasifika clinical liaison staff. In the past, people seeking mental health and addiction treatment could be referred to a Pacific team, but as Charles Tutagalevao Service Manager, Integrated Mental Health Care explains the majority of pacific service users were accessing services via our mainstream teams. “We can’t grow the Pacific workforce fast enough so we need to support all our services and increase our cultural capacity,” Mr Turagalevao says.

He explains the term Faletoa and the accompanying phrase; “E le o le fale ae le ano a fale” refers to a house of courage and bravery. It alludes to focusing on aspects from within that supports sustained recovery and wellbeing.

Under Faletoa, clinicians will be supported to deliver culturally appropriate care with a primary focus on engagement. 

Speaking at the launch recently the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Tofae Su'a William Sio welcomed the initiative and encouraged ongoing efforts in this area.  “Let our people know there is help – they don’t need to suffer alone.”

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