Let's get real - Real Skills plus Seitapu - Working with Pacific Peoples

Publication date: 5 January 2009

This document presents a framework of the essential and desirable knowledge, skills and attitude attributes for any person in the mental health and addiction workforce who is working with a Pacific person, people or their families.

The Real Skills plus Seitapu framework provides an outline of the considerations that should be taken into account by New Zealand’s mental health and addiction workforce when working with Pacific people. It infusse Pacific knowledge, skills and attitude throughout the mental health and addiction sector, empowering services and people to become more responsive and accessible to Pacific service users.

The development of the Real Skills plus Seitapu framework has come about largely in response to the Seitapu framework. Seitapu is a framework of Pacific cultural and clinical competencies designed to be used by all mental health workers and organisations providing services to Pacific people (including services specifically for Pacific people, and people in any setting who work with Pacific people).

This Real Skills plus Seitapu framework is not a replacement or continuation for Seitapu. Real Skills plus Seitapu consolidates the aspects of Seitapu that can be aligned to the Let’s get real framework without changing the intent of either framework.

This document is intended as a companion document to the Let’s get real framework, while Seitapu remains a framework that applies to the specialised provision of Pacific services (i.e. by Pacific for Pacific).