Authors: Taitoko Tafa, Manu Fotu, Savina Vaiaku, Tupou Tatafu, Sifa Tupou, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: A MEANINGFUL LIFE,CONSUMERS,EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, Culture, Community & Wellbeing
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Popao or outrigger canoe has been used as a metaphorical model for mental health service users’ and professionals’ shared understanding of the treatment process as a ‘journey’ towards recovery and strength within a Pacific paradigm.
The popao model was developed collaboratively by the ‘Popao Group’ involving a number of key stakeholders in the Pacific mental health sector including service users, community support workers, Matua, clinicians and service providers, particularly Isa Lei - Pacific Mental Health and Addictions Services (based in West Auckland under the umbrella of the Auckland District Health Board). The popao model began its development in 2005 and was officially launched in August, 2007