Evidence based workforce development

Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui

Improving the workforce performance of mental health, addiction and disability services.

Who we are

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui is a national centre of evidence based workforce development for the mental health, addiction and disability sectors in New Zealand.

We work with a range of organisations and people including service providers (DHB and NGO), training and education providers, researchers and international experts. Organisations can use Te Pou’s resources, tools and support to improve their services.

Te Pou includes Matua Raki (addiction workforce development) and Disability Workforce Development. We’re funded by the Ministry of Health.

Evidence based

Workforce planning and development is about ensuring an organisation has the right number of people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude, doing the right work, at the right cost, with the right work output. (World Health Organisation, 2010)

Taking an evidence based approach means the resources, tools and information we provide draw on consumer experience, research and clinical expertise. Organisations, people using services and their whānau can trust that Te Pou’s resources are based on evidence and the latest in practice and service innovation.

Working together

Te Pou works alongside DHB and NGO mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges. We then use our range of projects and expertise to meet these needs.

Some of our current projects look at reducing the use of seclusion and restraint, increasing access to talking therapies, supporting more people to take part in training, and improving the physical health of people using services. We also provide tools, training and resources to improve outcomes and information use.

Our name

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui is a name that has mana associated with it. The individual words mean:

Pou: pillar, post, upright, support, pole
Whakaaro Nui: to contemplate, to think wisely

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui means the pillar of contemplation, of reflective thinking, the notion being that Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui is the post or pillar for people and practices in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors. Te Pou brings together and uplifts research activity and workforce development.

Traditionally, a pou, as well as being of immense practical value, was highly symbolic and a tried and true representation of mana and resolve.

Our people

Meet our awesome team

Our board

Learn about our talented board

Contact

You can get in touch with our people directly, or send general enquiries to info@tepou.co.nz.

For all media enquiries contact Tamsin Webb at tamsin.webb@wisegroup.co.nz or 021 885 668.

Auckland

Phone
09 373 2125

Fax
09 373 2127

Postal Address
PO Box 108-244
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150
New Zealand

Physical Address
Level 2, Building B
8 Nugent Street
Grafton
Auckland
New Zealand

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Hamilton

Phone
07 857 1202

Postal Address
PO Box 307
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Physical Address
Kakariki House
293 Grey Street
Hamilton
New Zealand

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Wellington

Phone
04 381 6475
04 381 6470 (Matua Raki)

Fax
04 238 2016

Postal Address
PO Box 6169
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
New Zealand

Physical Address
Level 3, 147 Tory Street
Te Aro
Wellington
New Zealand

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Christchurch

Phone
03 339 3782

Fax
03 339 3783

Postal Address
PO Box 22105
High Street
Christchurch 8142
New Zealand

Physical Address
21 Birmingham Drive
Middleton
Christchurch
New Zealand

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