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25 July 2018

By Lois Boyd

Safe Practice Effective Communication (SPEC) update

Lois Boyd, National SPEC co-ordinator, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui gives an update on Safe Practice Effective Communication (SPEC).


29 March 2018

By Te Pou

Trauma-informed care a professional obligation for nurses

Trauma-informed care, or the idea that what has happened to people in the past can affect their health and how they respond to care in adulthood, has taken a firm place in the thinking behind mental health and addiction treatment in recent years. This is certainly the case at Whitireia New Zealand in Porirua where both post- and under-graduate nurses are taught that being trauma-informed is essential to good practice.


30 November 2017

By Te Pou

Collaboration with Mental Health Commission of Canada

Our collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada was reinforced when two of their health promotion managers visited Te Pou.


24 August 2017

By Te Pou

Sensory modulation research- now and into the future

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Senior Lecturer Dr Daniel Sutton has recently received a Health Research Council grant for research into sensory modulation as an approach for people experiencing anxiety.


8 March 2017

By Te Pou

CMDHB win national award for Safe Practice, Effective Communication training package

Te Pou congratulates Counties Manukau Health on winning the 2017 New Zealand Human Resource Award for Learning and Development Capability in the Public Sector for their Safe Practice and Effective Communication (SPEC) training package.


1 December 2016

By Angela Gruar

Successful launch of the national Safe Practice Effective Communication training programme

Safe Practice and Effective Communication (SPEC) was launched successfully in Christchurch in November. The launch was a credit to many people who have worked hard to get to this point with the aim of achieving a national consistency of training that is pain free and prone free wherever possible.