Are you a frontline worker, a health professional or practitioner or Manager / Leader of a service who support Women and their whānau? Could you say that your practice or service ensures an approach where women and their whānau are safe from mental distress, suicide, family violence?
If these questions have prompted your interest – you will be interested in the Tiakina te Āhuru Mōwai wānanga.
The aim of Tiakina te Āhuru Mōwai is to develop strong reflective practitioners who place the wahine and her whānau at the centre of their practice. We understand women may present to various agencies with different physical or mental health problems and may be screened about family violence. Yet, most protocols will not ascertain the risk of self harm and suicide, or have a consideration of her mental health or that of her whānau – nor recognise that the help seeking behaviour maybe a sign of heightened risk.
The training programme is built on the practice evidence of Māori experts who have dedicated careers to working with Māori women and their whānau. The rationale for this programme was informed through a workforce needs analyses of mental health and addiction workers, family violence and social service agencies.