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Safer Home Visiting in Community Work

Safety is important when travelling around the community, and working in private homes presents potential risks to staff and clients. This workshop will develop your confidence and skills to decrease risk and manage difficult situations.



This is an essential workshop for those who provide health and community services in people’s home environments, where safety for all involved is paramount. Travelling around the community and working in private homes presents potential risks to staff and clients. This workshop will discuss risk assessment and management, identifying potential threats and explore personal boundaries. Learn how to decrease risk and increase confidence in dealing with challenging situations. 

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Discuss risks and hazards with others who do similar work

  • Identify potential threats to your own safety

  • Explore risk assessment and management using a risk matrix

  • Learn specific actions that decrease risk and increase confidence in dealing with challenging situations

  • Explore professional boundaries

  • Review and develop a personal safety plan

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

6. Applying law, policy and standards

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris Taua is an educational specialist deeply committed to mental health, cultural safety, and disability advocacy. Drawing from her extensive experience as an experienced mental health nurse, she brings a wealth of practical and research informed insight to her teaching and research pursuits. Her doctoral studies were centred on enhancing nursing care for individuals contending with intellectual and developmental disabilities alongside mental health challenges, a journey that earned her recognition with a prestigious Fulbright award, where she presented her work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

As the Director of her own organisation [Pumahara Consultants] specialising in professional development, workplace consultancy and professional supervision, Chris is unwavering in her dedication to supporting staff, teams and services as they endeavour to assist individuals with multifaceted health and social needs. Her teaching portfolio spans vital topics including mental health, disability, de-escalation techniques, safe practice, effective communication, and the significance of maintaining safe boundaries and culturally sensitive approaches. Chris supports a team of Associates who offer a varied range of topics as well.

Through her holistic approach to teaching and learning, Chris aims to empower professionals and support staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of caregiving in an inclusive manner. Beyond her organisational commitments, Chris remains actively engaged in academia, contributing as a sessional lecturer at various universities in Aotearoa NZ and Australia. Additionally, she serves as an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Aotearoa Instructor, furthering her impact in mental health education and support initiatives.


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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