Rising to the Challenge web pages now available
In December 2012, the government announced a five-year service development plan for mental health and addiction services. The aim is to ensure that New Zealanders have better access to quality mental health and addiction services.
Visit the Ministry of Health website to view Rising to the Challenge resources and helpful links.
Watch our latest video
Our latest video looks at how integrated employment support services are more effective for supporting people with mental health issues to return to or stay in work. Recently, a number of general practices in New Zealand partnered with Workwise to deliver integrated employment support services to people experiencing common mental health issues. Te Pou's formative evaluation of the programme found these types of integrated services are not only feasible but have considerable benefits for patients and GPs.
Meeting the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people
To better meet the mental health and addiction service needs of Rainbow communities, Auckland District Health Board worked with Affinity Services to develop a Rainbow auditing, training and advocacy service. This new service aims to help other mental health and addiction service providers to be more responsive to Rainbow communities. The auditing, training and advocacy has created positive outcomes and received positive responses from the services who have taken part. Read more
Finding solutions to reduce seclusion and restraint at Te Whare Awhiora
A national directive to reduce seclusion rates was taken as a serious challenge at Tairawhiti District Health Board (DHB), where seclusion rates were one of the highest in the country. Early in 2012 the team was challenged by their clinical director to see what they could do differently to actively reduce seclusion and restraint events and improve the inpatient experience for people. Read more
Consumers participate in service’s work to reduce seclusion and restraint
A national directive to bring down seclusion rates was taken as a serious challenge at Tairawhiti District Health Board (DHB), where seclusion rates were one of the highest in the country. The DHB’s acute mental health unit Te Whare Awhiora worked collaboratively to reduce seclusion rates for Maori and all service users, and a dramatic drop was achieved. Read more