North Shore Times : January 30th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 30, 2014 17 Advertising Feature View our latest edition online at www.northshoretimes.co.nz Certificate for public health staff Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced the Government is investing $2.3 million over five years to support the public health workforce. ‘‘A recent study found that only 29 per cent of the public health workforce holds a generic public health qualification, and thatmost public health qualifications are only offered at postgraduate level,’’ Mrs Goodhew says. "It is important that those working in public health hold appropriate formal public health qualifications because it enables increased knowledge and expertise, as well as consistent standards of practice. ‘‘From next month a new National Certificate in Public Health will be available. Developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the public health and tertiary education sector, the Certificate is designed to be aminimum foundation qualification for those working in public health. ‘‘To support uptake of the Certificate, a number of fees grants and travel subsidies have been made available to eligible students. "The Certificate will ensure the workforce has sufficient knowledge and practical skills to develop and implement public health initiatives to improve population health outcomes overall, and help to address health needs for vulnerable people,’’ Mrs Goodhew says. The newly established Certificate was accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in 2012 and will be delivered by Massey University. ❚ Applications for fees grants for 2014 close next week. Further information can be found at www.publichealth workforce.org.nz Jo Goodhew: Associate Health Minister. Study to focus on disabled Pasifika youth The first New Zealand study to understand the experiences of disabled Pasifika children, youth and their families is under way in Auckland. Pacific youth with a disability and their families are invited to contact the researchers and take part in focus groups to share their issues, concerns and challenges. The Talanga Project is carried out by the Pacific Health and Health Systems departments at the University of Auckland for the Ministry of Health. Pasifika people make up 6.9 per cent of the New Zealand population and are the most youthful of all ethnic groups in this country. The number of Pasifika children is growing rapidly and it’s estimated that one in five children in New Zealand will be of Pasifika ethnicity by 2051. ‘‘Despite this predicted increase, there is little knowledge, information or research available on Pasifika children and youth,’’ study leader and head of Pacific Health at the University of Auckland, Professor Teuila Percival says. ‘‘This study is a response to the need for further research in the area of Pasifika disabled children and youth that was recommended in past research findings and a key action in the Faiva Ora Pasifika Disability Plan,’’ she says. The Talanga Project will identify the demographics of the Pasifika disabled population that is accessing Ministry funded disability support services with the focus on children and youth. As well as identifying the issues, concerns and challenges of this group and their families, the study will also assess the impact they have on Ministry funded disability support services – now and in the future. The project will also inform future planning and development of the Ministry’s Disability Support Services for Pasifika peoples, and guide Ministry and sector decisions on resource allocations for this group in the future. Disability information sources to support efficient collection and reporting of accurate data on Pasifika disabled peoples in New Zealand will also be identified by the study. ❚ For more information on the study, or to take part in a focus group, Pacific youth can contact Dr Teuila Percival at the University of Auckland by phone to 0800TALANGA or 0800 825264, or by text to 027 TALANGA or 027 825 2642, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A selection of classes commencing in Term 1. 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