Regional Network Meeting Overview

Regional Network Meeting Overview

Our Network Meeting took place on 22nd February 2023 at Pearce Street Hall with approximately 70 people attended.

The meeting began with our attendees splitting into two groups to introduce themselves and their organizations. There was positive feedback form our attendees on this process as they felt it was a great way to find likeminded organizations they could collaborate with in the future.

We had a timely presentation by Stats NZ on the upcoming census. An important take away from the presentation was that this census is the most inclusive till date with information available in twenty-seven languages including: Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Hindi, among other Asian languages. Information in accessible formats is also available for the disability community including Audio, Braille, Easy Read and Large Print and New Zealand Sign Language.

Dr Sherly Parackal shared the findings from the South Asian Diet and Activity Intervention (SADAI) study. A pilot randomised controlled trial, which tested a culturally appropriate digitised intervention, developed using a co-design approach to promote healthy diet and activity in NZ South Asians.

Lastly Nandita Mathur gave an update on Ethnic Health Collective. Brief explanation on why the collective has been created. The core team, who can join and what the collective is aiming to achieve. Attendees of the event were encouraged to join the initiative.

Overall, the event was successful. With more than half the attendees being new to the event. They were actively taking part asking, questions after each presentation.