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Participation and collaboration with children, young people and whānau

Wednesday 22 February 2017

What does participation and collaboration with children and young people look like? What do children and young people say about what works for them? How does this apply to public health practice?

This one-day symposium is for everyone working with, or researching with children, young people and their whānau in order to improve health and wellbeing. We are delighted to have our Children’s Commissioner, His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft joining us, as well as Dr Naomi Priest from Australia.

The course will use a child’s rights to health and equity lens to outline the importance of participation and collaboration with children, young people and their whānau. We will explore ethical concerns and challenges, as well as case studies and other examples of effective public health practices. The day will also involve presentations by young people on the work they are doing to support children and young people to have their voices and views heard by decision-makers.

Topics covered  

  1. Child’s rights to health and equity approach to participation and collaboration with children, young people and their whānau
  2. Ethical and practical challenges involved when working with, or doing research with children and young people
  3. Case-studies of participation and collaboration with children, young people and their whānau, and other examples of effective public health practices
  4. Young people’s views on participation and collaboration.

Style of course

This is a seminar-style course and will be based on short presentations from a range of speakers including young people. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions throughout, and there will be a panel discussion at the end of the day.

Who should attend?  

This course is aimed at people wanting to work with, or do research with children, young people and their whānau to improve health and wellbeing. It will be useful for those practicing in public health settings, academic institutions, clinical services, non-governmental and community organisations, and local and central government.

By the end of this course participants should have the knowledge/skills to:

  • Understand and discuss why participation and collaboration with children, young people and their whānau is important in public health practice
  • Understand and discuss potential responses to ethical and practical challenges
  • Actively contribute to discussions about participatory and collaborative projects with children, young people and their whānau
  • Actively discuss ways to gather the views of children and young people
  • Identify potential sources of further resources, collegial support and guidance for participatory and collaborative work with children and young people

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration

Karanga, karakia and mihi

Introduction to the day


Qmunity Youth

Q&A session

Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho

Dr Paula King and Dr Alison Blaiklock

Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner

Darcy Spraggs, Matthew Te Whata Mc Clutchie and Whiti Timutimu

10:30am Morning tea

Keynote : Racism and child health

Oranga Mokopuna: A tangata whenua rights to health and wellbeing model

Participation with children and young people

Engaging children in the policy process

Kids’Cam Tonga – The world of Tongan children through their eyes

Dr Naomi Priest (Australian National University)

Dr Paula King (University of Otago, Wellington):

Dr Alison Blaiklock (University of Otago, Wellington)

Holly Walker and Dr Kathleen Logan (Office of the Children’s Commissioner)

Dr Viliami Puloka (Health Promotion Forum and University of Otago, Wellington):

12:30pm Lunch break

Kids Cam – Ethics

#YouMeNZ: A Rangatahi (Youth) Led Wellness Movement

Participation with preschool children

Participation with children and young people with disabilities

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommendations

Michelle Barr (University of Otago, Wellington)

Phoenix Puleanga, Te Ao Tanaki (Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi Trust) and Hinewai Pomare (Counties Manukau Health)

Dr Sarah Te One (Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa)

Andy Jamieson (IHC New Zealand)

John Hancock (Human Rights Commission)

3pm Afternoon tea

E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Films

Youth workers’ code of ethics

Panel with young people and other speakers

Madeleine de Young and Ngā Pakiaka Youth Committee (Māoriland Film Festival)

Anya Satyanand (Ara Taiohi)

Facilitated by Anya Satyanand

5pm Finish

Teaching staff  

  • Andrew-BecroftJudge Andrew Becroft - His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand in June 2016. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and a District Court Judge from 1996 to 2001. As Principal Youth Court Judge he was strongly committed to a specialist approach to dealing with youth and child offenders, and brings to the Commissioners’ role a particular focus on teenagers and adolescent development generally. Judge Becroft is privileged and challenged to be the advocate for New Zealand’s 1.12 million under 18-year-olds.
  • Dr Naomi Priest received her PhD in population health at the University of Melbourne and then completed a NHMRC post-doctoral fellowship with training in social epidemiology. Dr-Naomi-PriestShe was leader of the VicHealth funded Anti-Racism and Diversity program at the University of Melbourne from 2012-2015, and also a Senior Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation from 2014-15. In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her broad research interest is to integrate social and epidemiologic methods to examine and address inequalities in health and development across populations and place. This includes research to understand differences in health and development experienced by children and youth from Indigenous backgrounds and from ethnic minorities. She is also interested in socialisation processes among children from stigmatised and non-stigmatised groups, including development of racial/ethnic attitudes, bias, stereotypes and prejudice.
  • Dr Paula Thérèse King (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Te Rarawa), HRC Clinical Research Fellow, Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington. Paula is a public health physician and fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. She is an appointed member of NZ Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee, is Deputy-Chair of the NZ Mortality Review Committees’ Māori Caucus, and serves in a number of governance roles. Her special interests include rights of tamariki and rangatahi Māori to health and wellbeing, and she has a strong commitment toward eliminating health inequities in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
  • Dr Alison Blaiklock, is an, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington and a public health physician with special interests in health promotion; the rights of children and the rights to health; children in low and middle-income countries; determinants of health and health equity; and climate change. In 2012 she was named as a Public Health Champion by the Public Health Association.
    Alison is a member of the OraTaiao, the New Zealand Climate and Health Council, and co-ordinates OraTaiao’s work on human rights and climate change. She is a former Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand and was founding chair of Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 21 December 2016.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now