May and June have been busy for NCS with three out of our four regional training forums being completed. This week the South Island forum was held in Christchurch, and next week completes this round of forums with our last training in Porirua.
Each two-day forum was unique with a mixture of national and local presentations and workforce development workshops. The national presentations included Grant Hewison, a specialist lawyer in local government law, presenting on local territorial authorities responsibilities under the Gambling Act, Richard Taylor AKA ‘the new Derick’ and Eileen Campbell from MoH introducing the new national strategy, Hannah Booth and Api Poutasi’s workshop exploring the evolution of the Choice Not Chance national messaging and future resourcing for the services, Sue Ingram’s DIA update on compliance legislation, and an overview on operations and progress of the national tele-health service delivered by regional representatives. These and our awesome local presentations will be available online soon.
The day two workforce development workshops were fantastic as always. Te Kākano offered a range of active learning activities designed to meet workforce development outcomes and also as examples of activities that can be used by public health kaimahi to engage with and mobilise the communities who they work alongside. Te Kākano will make these activities available to the workforce online once this training round is complete.
ABACUS delivered very informative workshops on the Supporting Parents Health Children Guidelines which included some robust discussions around approaches to managing the implementation of these guidelines within the gambling clinical workforce.