A practitioner resource was created by Te Rau Matatini's Terry Huriwai and Maria Baker as a way to support the principle of 'mana enhancing practice' which is now part of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) (SACAT) legislation. Manaaki is a principle and competency inherent in kaupapa ake services and Māori-centred practice. For it to appear in the SACAT Bill is a major achievement and opportunity for the validation of integrated cultural and clinical practice. It also is an opportunity to emphasise whānau-centred approaches in the way that services and practitioners operationalise the new Act and how the whole addiction treatment sector should be trained and delivering services.
Next month, Terry Huriwai (Kaiwhakahaere: Te Hau Marire), beside Matua Rakiwill be facilitating 'mana enhancing practice' principles within the SACAT workshops. This will provoke other opportunities for workforces to reflect on the underpinning concepts of 'mana' and how as practitioners we enhance and protect the 'mana' of those we are working with.