TC News & Updates

Starting at the University of Auckland in March (Semester 1) next year - 2016
Attached are two flyers giving details about the initial Postgraduate Certificate programme, plus options in either Health Sciences or Social Work for a Postgraduate Diploma.
Violence Studies Flyer 1
Violence Studies Flyer 2
There is also the possibility of taking the programme further and studying for a Masters degree.
If you have any questions about eligibility or entry point into postgraduate study, please contact me. I mention ‘entry point’ because some people may already have a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree and therefore may be eligible to enter the programme further on than at the Postgraduate Certificate stage.
If your don’t have an undergraduate degree, this is NOT a barrier to entry into postgraduate study. The general requirements are that you hold a ‘recognised health professional qualification’ plus ‘at least two years of relevant work experience’. Let me know the details and we can assist with the enrolment process.
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If you get stuck, call one of our senior administrators
Upendra Wickramachchi 
(09) 923 3058 or

Best Wishes and I hope to meet up with you in the future.
Kind Regards,
Dr Peter Huggard EdD MEd(Couns) MPH
Senior Lecturer, Social & Community Health/School of Population Health, University of Auckland
P:  09 923 4500 M:  021 555 604
Prevention Activities
 White Ribbon Respectful Relationships Campaign
White Ribbon has just launched it’s 2015 campaign with the message ‘Say yes to respectful relationships and no to violence towards women’. It focuses on three main areas: Equality, Communication and Consent. There will be events and media engagement around the country leading up to White Ribbon day 25 November. Because White Ribbon will be raising conversations about consent, this will be a great time to reach out to your local media and add depth to that discussion. What is your agency doing to promote healthy relationships? What do people need to know about consent? Check out their messaging in the White Ribbon Toolbox, call your local paper and add your specialist voice

ACC Mates & Dates Update
The Violence Portfolio of ACC recently released an update. Following the pilot, ACC have been working on improvements to Mates & Dates, including revising content and redesigning the facilitator training programme. In 2015 Mates & Dates is in 12 schools and one Teen Parenting Unit. ACC are aiming to extend this to 80 + schools in 2016. They have approached organisations who applied through the 2014 open tender process to discuss their interest and capacity to deliver the programme in secondary schools in their area. ACC will provide facilitator training for new and existing facilitators in 2016. They are currently working to develop a sustainable model for the delivery of Mates & Dates from 2017 onwards and are aiming to have the tender open for response in August 2016.

For more information check out the website: Mates & Dates or email:
L-R: Theresa Pomeroy, Ruth Palmer, TOAH-NNEST members Kathryn McPhillips, Joy Te Waita and our Rachel Fabish

ACC Partners’ Conference and Draft Violence Prevention Strategy
TC Primary Prevention Coordinator, Rachel Fabish, represented TOAH-NNEST Tauiwi Caucus at the ACC Injury Prevention Partners’ Conference (21-22 October 2015).
The key focus of ACC new prevention strategy is ‘partnership’ and this event celebrated recent ACC partnership initiatives. At the full day Violence Portfolio workshop the ACC team presented their draft 2015-2020 Violence Prevention Strategy and brain-stormed priorities for the next 3 months. The draft strategy has the goal: ‘For young people (0-25yrs) to experience safe, healthy and respectful relationships’. The strategies include promoting protective factors, collaborating with partners, listening to young people and communities, early intervention, working alongside Māori, Pasifika, LGBTIQ and diverse communities and aligning a life-span pathway.  
Member Announcement:

Fullpower Healthy Relationship programme for people with learning disabilities
Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower have shared the evaluation (commissioned by Ministry of Justice and ACC) of their Healthy Relationships programme for people with learning disabilities.

View the full report online. The research suggests the programme is effective in teaching adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities to (a) recognise potentially risky situations and to (b) understand how they can secure their own safety and/or act responsibly. Retention rates after six months were good. You can view the online version of the resource on their website

Fullpower also have a limited number of free resources to give out for feedback. For more information call 0800 543 769.
Member Announcement:

The Board of Trustees of Rape Prevention Education – Whakatu Mauri is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbi Tohill as the organization’s new Executive Director. 

Debbi has had a long involvement with RPE as a Board member, serving two terms as Chair, and taking the role of Acting Executive for the last six months.  
Debbi has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and public sector mainly in the mental health and addictions area and has had involvement in a number of health promotion and prevention initiatives.    Debbi brings a strengths-based approach to organisational development and a wealth of experience in workforce development, training and research.  

“I am excited about joining the RPE team. I am a strong advocate of educating young people to ensure they have respectful relationships and are able to make informed choices around consent.  I look forward to reinvigorating RPE’s portfolio of professional education training.”

Debbi is also passionate about ensuring good services and support are available to victims of sexual assault and looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively with government and non-government organisations who support survivors.
The Board would also like to announce that Debbie Wiesehan, previous co-chair has taken on the chair role with Diana Vao as Vice-chair.
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse   
NZFVC has released Issues Paper 9, Risk assessment: What is it and how can it be applied in family violence?
Read the paper
Risk assessment: What is it and how can it be applied in family violence? 
We welcome your feedback on this issues paper.

Reminder: Sign up for NZFVC News and Events Alerts to receive email notifications when new posts are up on the website.

Family Violence, Dating Violence and Migrant/Refugee Youth: Mobilising Culture Towards Non-violent Pathways - Symposium

When: Wednesday 18 November 2015, 6.30-8pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 039, The ClockTower, University of Auckland, Princes Street, Auckland CBD

Organised by Shakti and Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland
Free. All welcome.

Flyer here

From inclusion to influence: How should women’s organisations engage in policy?

When: Wed 25 November 2015, 1-2.30pm
Where: Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Organised by Auckland Women's Centre
Free. All welcome. Please RSVP by email
Rachel Simon-Kumar, PhD, Senior Lecture, School of Population Health, University of Auckland will present a workshop based on her research with a range of women's organisations around the country.

Something for the team...

Social Service Providers Aotearoa, SSPA 

Best Practice Seminars November 2015

This workshop is for sector workers at all levels to identify and problem-solve stress in the workplace and elsewhere.

Dates and Venues
Wellington 20 Nov 1.30pm - 5.00pm 31 Hobson Cres, Thorndon
(Festive refreshment served after the seminar)
Auckland 27 Nov 12:30pm - 4:00pm Logan Campbell Building, 102 Hill Road
(Festive lunch served before the seminar)
Single registration — SSPA members $20 / Non-SSPA members $30 (GST included)
Group registration (2+ staff from an organisation) — 25% discount applies

Register by 18th (WGTN) / 25th (AKL)   
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Claire Lyons,  National Tauiwi Manager
Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together
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