Inspiring Cultural Connections in Practice

with Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Thursday 16th November 2017

This day will be of real interest to educators and health workers who deal with young people and children affected by poverty and social disadvantage. Dr Lance has some challenging ideas on how schools and communities can support and work with rangitahi in order to enhance well-being and success.

Lance O’Sullivan is a New Zealand Maori doctor (Te Rarawa, Ngati Hau, Ngati Maru) practising in Kaitaia, Northland. Dr Lance was born in Auckland and received his senior secondary education as a boarder at Hato Petera College. He has stated in respect of this: “Having attended a Maori Catholic boarding school, I realised the importance of faith. I regained important values that I lost. Those values underpinned my work in helping those in need. I guess these come through from the aspect of my Catholic upbringing.” Dr Lance set up the Manawa Ora Korokoro Ora (Moko) programme”, Northland’s first full-time, school-based health clinic, providing medical care to 2000 children across the region, as well as the “Kainga Ora (Well Home) initiative”, which promotes the idea of fixing rundown homes, as he believes that wellness begins in safe warm homes. Dr Lance is also the developer of the vMOKO medical app, that helps to deal with medical issues as they are found from any location in New Zealand.

Dr Lance was declared New Zealander of the Year 2014 for his work on rural health projects, and Cameron Bennett, chief judge of the awards, said:

“Lance O’Sullivan’s passion, drive and unwavering commitment to eradicating poverty related illnesses are exactly the kind of qualities we look for.”

In this one day seminar, Dr Lance will look at 3 KEY TOPICS:

  1. The Long Journey Home: Dr Lance will talk about his personal struggles, especially with the NZ schooling system.
  2. School-based Health Services & how schools can be empowered to address health needs. He will share some of the radical & effective interventions being developed (think use of drones to deliver medical support to schools).
  3. Understanding Culture – Lessons for all NZers: Dr Lance will talk about how to build a collaborative, bi-cultural society and how to make practical, respectful connections within our communities.

When: 9:15am – 3:00pm, Thursday 16th November 2017

Where: Kohia Education Centre, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
(Parking in Student Carpark, Gate 2, Top Floor Only is reserved for Kohia Centre)

Cost: $195.00 (incl GST)


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