All Courses


Wellbeing Science Institute

Steve Johnson (Founder & Managing Director)

David's PhD research on managing Pacific athletes in professional sport provides much-needed insights and strategies into diversity management and the importance of Pacific athlete wellbeing.

National Rugby League

Steve Meredith (General Manager Community Programs)

David has pioneered initiatives that continue to unite and provide pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people to thrive in our game. When you combine his unique professional experiences and qualifications, he is well-placed to support organisations who are wanting to improve diversity engagement in sport.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Luke Goodwin (Wellbeing, Ambassadors Club, & Alumni Coordinator)

I really enjoyed the Pacific Sport: Developing Cultural Intelligence Course because I got so much out of it. The downloadable 'Pacific Cultural Tip Sheet' resource is perfect for my role. The enriching stories and video clips also made all the difference.

Teacher Training Association

Miles Campbell (Founder & CEO)

David has a proven history in creating and facilitating culturally responsive workshops and courses. His engagement strategies and resources are invaluable.

Beyond Action

Frank Chidiac (General Manager & Executive Producer)

Talanoa Education possesses deep expertise on Pacific Islanders in sport. David consistently produces professional and high quality work in a timely fashion.


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  • Cultural Competency Expertise

    Designed to build upon existing cultural knowledge via culturally safe practices affecting thinking, behaviour, and interactions.

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    Course content is supported by evidence-based Pacific research, knowledge systems and practices.


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David Lakisa (PhD)

Dr David Lakisa has worked across private and public sectors of sport and education for the past two decades. He is of Samoan (Polynesian) ancestry and possesses a unique blend of personal and professional experiences. His PhD and Masters research focussed on the intersections of Pacific culture, workplace diversity management (University of Technology Sydney Business School) and international sport management (Southern Cross University). David was the inaugural Pacific Islander Coaching and Development officer at New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), a former health and physical education teacher and sessional academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Education (2008 - 2016). In sum, David is heavily involved in numerous research, education, government and community-based initiatives for Pacific Islanders and Māori in Australia and across the Pacific region.