International Gambling Conference 2018

Gambling is making us sick. This was a theme given in Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s key note speech at the recent International Gambling conference. In this presentation, he set the scene for the current state of gambling in Aotearoa, its inequities which disproportionately impact Māori, and its effect on health for individuals and their whānau. He explained that, “it’s bad enough that we have diseases of poverty in a first-world country like New Zealand, but to see them exacerbated by pokies is extremely frustrating. This is the definition of a preventable epidemic". As an attendee, what really...

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Nandita Mathur presenting

Community Mobilisation: Readiness for Change in Primary Prevention

​Nandita Mathur from The HEART Movement spoke at our Public Health session at the MPGH Training Forum in Auckland. The HEART Movement champions a community-led approach to family violence prevention through building healthy relationships. HEART stands for Healthy Relationships In Tamaki and Nandita’s programme has received accolades for its long-term primary prevention focus. The Heart Movement is based upon the principles of ‘community mobilisation’ and Nandita believes this approach is applicable across all public health kaupapa. Community mobilisation can be difficult to get your head...

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Regional Training Forums in Auckland and Wellington

I hope you are all well rested after last week with the Regional Training Forums in Auckland and Wellington. One collective feedback from participants was how they enjoyed reconnecting with each other and getting to know those who are new to the workforce. There were good robust discussions in some sessions, and others felt inspired and left rejuvenated to go back into their regions and apply what they had learnt. We have forum videos that will be uploaded to He Taumata website; I will notify through the Enews as they become available for viewing. These videos will help those in the workforce...

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Laura Hay and Rebecca Ruwhiu-Collins

The Newcomer: Laura Hay

At the MPGH Training Forum in Wellington we caught up with Laura Hay, a rising star in gambling harm prevention. Laura is a health promoter with the Salvation Army Oasis Centre for Problem Gambling in Christchurch and she was recognised this year with the prestigious dapaanz Newcomer award. Tell us about this award, were you expecting to win? I knew nothing about it! I felt sick when they called my name – the girl before me who won an award said she had no idea she’d been nominated. I thought she was just pretending and then they called my name and I couldn’t believe it. I was the only South...

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