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April 30, 2019

Our very own HealthWestie, Helen Scudamore, recently presented on the Seat at the Table project at the IUHPE conference in Rotorua.
Email her for her presentation slides at , or view the digital poster and read the Evaluation Report on the codesign project: youth refugee mental health page.

The 2019 International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) was definitely an opportunity to join with many other people who ‘get’ health promotion. The theme of this conference was WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All.

There was an amazing wealth of information and wonderful insights from all over the world. Here is just a sample of some highlights.



“Social injustice is killing on a grand scale.”

“If health tells us something fundamental about how well a society is meeting the needs of its members… then something is going terribly wrong.”

Sir Michael Marmot, Author of Fair Society, Healthy Lives and Closing the Gap in a Generation – a commission on the social determinants of health. More:


Key ecological aspects of the Anthropocene (presentation slide)

“Often, if it’s good for the planet it’s good for health.”

Humans are the current dominant influencer on earth. How can we reduce our impact and make good decisions for the planet and ourselves?

Find out how you can reduce your impact with the One Planet Living calculator

Dr Trevor Hancock, Healthy Cities 2.0 – Towards One Planet Cities


Racism as a public health issue (presentation slide)

Racism is a determinate of health in organisational contexts.

When working with other organisations on racial discrimination, dive beneath the water of the “iceberg”. If people are comfortable, then you haven’t gone deep enough. Part of the work, when addressing racism, is being able to stay and have conversations in that uncomfortable space.

Samiya Abdi and Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Toward racial equality in public health organisations


Darrio Penetito-Hemara talks about working with Maori communities

Co-design with Māori  Communities

An important consideration when working with Māori communities and helping to identify what services they need from local health services… is to get them to explore what they need to achieve their own individual goals.


Darrio Penetito-Hemara, Codesigning Health Services with Māori Communities



Tools to support a health in all policies approachUseful tool by the Community and Public Health
Te Mana Ora, Canterbury District Health Board.

Main lesson: Don’t put ‘health’ branding over everything. Non-health people do not look at guides and toolkits that have ‘health’ branding all over them because they do not believe it is relevant to them.



One Planet Living calculator

Calculate your impact and ecological footprint with the One Planet Living calculator

Community Participation, Health Promotion