Workers with this set of skills will ensure that people accessing health care have meaningful connections to communities to support and enhance their wellbeing.
Working within communities involves an understanding of social inclusion and wellbeing, community connection, health promotion and prevention, and working in partnership with a range of social and community organisations.
Real Skills for working within communities
A wide set of skills is relevant when working within communities, so we recommend accessing the resources on other Real Skills pages to learn more about: Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs, Working with Māori, Working with whānau, and Challenging discrimination.
Directory of community resources and support services
Our directory of community resources will help you navigate what's available. The directory includes helplines and peer support groups, as well as a range of health and social support services.
Resources for the health workforce
The resources listed below are intended to support the learning and development of health workers who work with people and whānau experiencing mental health and addiction issues. These resources are in a variety of different formats, such as videos, e-learnings, fact sheets, reports, and links to support services.
The resources are organised into three levels:
- Essential level (for everyone working in health, regardless of role, profession or organisation).
- Enhanced level (for everyone working in mental health and addiction roles).
- Leadership level (for everyone who is leading, guiding, educating and resourcing the work of others in health).