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The theme for this series of spring regional trainings are “Connections” and we were able to connect with service providers located in the lower north island on Wednesday 16th November despite everyone dealing with post-earth quake tremors and serious flooding. We had a few cancellations however the pioneering spirit of all who attended meant we were able to continue with the day-long programme as planned.


In our work we facilitate connections all the time and we know that our whānau and communities thrive when they have healthy connections so the Palmerston North forum key note speaker, Witi Ashby of the Mental Health Foundation eagerly introduced the concept of connections using a Maori world view. The discussions were centred on the various realms of wellbeing and how the connections between spiritual and physical functioning align with concepts like: Mauri moe, Mauri oho, Mauri rere and so much more.


Round robin workshops in Multi Venue Exclusions, Public health practice and Clinical interventions enabled all participants to experience these three areas for enhanced capabilities. We were joined by Mary Ann Cook (ABACUS) Alison Penfold (ABACUS) Lisa Campbell (MVE Reference Group) & Suaree Borell (Te Kakano) who facilitated the workshops. The day ended with a special address from Senior Peer Support Advisor Haydee Richards who spoke about the challenges of co-existing problems such as Methamphetamine use and Gambling. The success of the day rests with the continued desire for improvement by all members of the Gambling harm workforce



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