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Notices from the Health Promotion Forum: April 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, health promotion, Training, workshop, Courses, youth

Kia ora and greetings. In this fast-changing environment of COVID-19, and with our nation now in alert level 3, HPF remains committed to serving our valued members, our co-workers here and abroad and the community at large.

While our HPF operations team will continue to work from home over the next few weeks your health and wellbeing during these uncertain times are paramount and we are just a phone call or email away.

Training as always still remains a top priority. HPF will soon be delivering webinars to share relevant information and advice aimed at boosting your wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis and will be converting our workshops to webinars. Be sure to check our Facebook page and website for regular updates on our webinars and other stories and messages.

Meanwhile, we have our online courses for your study of health promotion in the comfort of your home or workplace. 

HPF has also developed a health promotion tool to empower families and whanau during and after Covid-19, the details of which are outlined below.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on COVID-19 by regularly checking the:

Ensure you're subscribed to receive this monthly notice and event invitations by emailing Emma (emma[st]

Tool to empower families

To help build your whanau and family capacity, maintain your wellbeing, and to keep you safe, healthy and happy, HPF has developed a health promotion tool, which gives you the freedom to be creative and make a plan that suits your needs and situation.

"A Health Promotion tool for empowering whanau and families against COVID-19" encourages whanau and family to consult regularly to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate guidelines and activities for the wellbeing of the whole family.

The tool can also help your family survive, thrive, and flourish after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health promotion tool videos now available

HPF has released two videos on our YouTube channel on how to use ‘A Health Promotion tool for empowering whanau and families against COVID-19’. The videos are in English and Tongan, with the goal to cover other languages. Please don't forget to subscribe to our channel.

Subscribe to the HPF YouTube channel.

Webinars in the works

HPF is committed to providing training and wants to ensure that our health promotion workforce and sector continue to be fit for purpose in this fast-changing environment.

We are converting our face-face workshops into webinars to be available in the near future, following the cancellation until further notice of HPF’s short course and workshops, due to COVID-19.

In the meantime you can continue to access our online courses from the comfort of your home or workplace.

Access the online courses available from HPF.

Join our open forum 

The first in a series of open-forum webinars was launched by HPF last week to allow our members to share about their work and to give feedback on what more HPF can do to help. Participants discussed initiatives and ideas, not just for the current situation, but for post-COVID-19. The plan is to hold these forums monthly, but they can be held more frequently if need be.

Small group discussions can also be arranged more frequently if there is a need. Contact Emma for more information (emma[at]

Join the Health Promotion Forum if you are not a member.

Wellbeing focus of workshops

As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on people’s lives, a range of workshops offered by HPF Forum member the Essence may just be the tonic you need.

Run by founder and certified HeartMath® trainer and mentor, Phillippa Bourke the workshops focus on empowering people to create wellbeing. Benefits can include improved focus, creativity, sleep, resilience, health and access to intuition. While the focus is Taha Hinengaro, all dimensions of Sir Mason Durie’s Te Whare Tapa Whā hauora model can be enhanced.

Find out more about workshops provided by The Essence.

Youth event goes online

Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 the Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2020 will be hosted online from 5th to 22nd May to coincide with Ara Taiohi Youth Week - E korero ana mātou, e whakarongo ana koutou.

Participants will be able to come together in one of 18 different rōpū, covering areas from healthcare and science to economic inequality. Over video calls and the online platform, they will be able to discuss issues that are important to them and their community with other high school students from all across New Zealand.

Find out more about the Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2020 event.

We welcome your feedback

Our members are the backbone of HPF and we are continuously striving to ensure the needs of our members are met and that our work continues to be of value and relevance, especially during the current situation.

Get more information on the Certificate of Achievement (CoA).

Find out about HPF workshops, which are soon to be converted to webinars.   

Contact Lavinia (lavinia[at] or Emma (emma[at] if you have a job vacancy, courses, workshops or a major event coming up.

Renew your HPF membership online.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch