Suicide Postvention Webinar

This free webinar series aims to showcase the four research projects undertaken as part of the Waka Hourua National Suicide Prevention Programme for Māori and Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Aroha mai whānau we had some technical difficulties with the webinar link. Dr Tiatia-Seath will be presenting again. We will keep you updated when the will be with new link to register. Watch this space. Ngā mihi.

Part 1 of the Waka Hourua webinar series live on Tuesday 11 October 2016 from 11:00 - 11:30 am. Part 2 - 4 of this series will be presented throughout October and November 2016. Invitations to register will be coming soon. 

PART 1 - Suicide Postvention: Support for Pacific Communities

In this 30 minute webinar Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath will present the findings of her research project Suicide Postvention: Support for Pacific Communities. The aim of this research was to engage Pacific communities in examining appropriate and effective components for inclusion in Pacific suicide postvention activities and in the development of Pacific suicide postvention guidelines. This will be a facilitated session, with allocated time for questions from the viewers.

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is a Senior Researcher for Hibiscus Research and Lecturer in Pacific Health, School of Population Health, the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching expertise focuses on Pacific suicide prevention and postvention, youth issues, mental health, Pacific health and wellbeing, climate change, inequalities in health and Pacific Studies.

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is one of New Zealand’s leading Pacific suicide prevention and research experts. She has 16 years experience in Pacific suicidology and Pacific health and wellbeing. Dr Tiatia spearheads Hibiscus Research, a private research consultancy that has completed a number of projects including:

  • suicidal behaviours and suicide prevention
  • Pacific youth violence
  • Pacific sexual health, youth risk-taking behaviours
  • mental health promotion
  • youth protective factors
  • intentional and unintentional injuries and 
  • Pacific cultural competencies.

Dr Tiatia-Seath has in-depth knowledge of: suicidal behaviours and suicide prevention among Samoan and other Pacific young peoples; suicide issues from Samoan and other Pacific service users’ perspectives, and those of their families. Jemaima recently completed a Health Research Council funded post-doctoral fellowship entitled - ‘Suicide and Samoans: The Journey towards Prevention.' Jemaima completed a one month appointment as Visiting Senior Research Fellow to the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, at Griffith University in Queensland and is currently a member of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's New Zealand Suicide Mortality Review Committee.


Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua

Waka Hourua is the National Suicide Prevention Programme for Māori and Pacific communities delivered by Te Rau Matatini and LeVa. Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua Research Fund is the Strategic Research Agenda of Waka Hourua. Hibiscus Research was one of four groups that were successful in their application to the one-off fund. It provided an opportunity for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika family, community groups and organisations to research a well-defined area of Māori and/or Pasifika health need or gain, relevant to suicide prevention.