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Adrienne Henderson

News @ Te Pou is a blog with news and opinion pieces from Te Pou staff. You can click on an author's name in the right hand column to read all posts by that person, or use the archive and tags to find news by date or topic.

Workshops designed to support effective training in disability services

Coming to a town near you, the Disability Workforce Development team within Te Pou are holding a series of workshops to support effective training in disability services. The workshops are free to attend.

Tags: Disability

Anne Brebner

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Changing times: reducing seclusion and restraint in New Zealand

New Zealand has a reputation for using what we have in innovative ways to get the results we need. Seclusion and restraint reduction work is no exception.
 


Nurses of the future

Nurses of the future will provide services as close to home as possible, service users will dictate how and where they receive treatment, nurses will respond to the needs of diverse populations and foster hope, resilience and creativity.

Tags: Nursing

National acutes leadership day

Te Pou facilitated a leadership day on 20 July 2012 for leaders from a wide range of mental health and addiction areas. This year’s focus was on the reduction of seclusion and restraint and more effective acute service delivery.


Ashley Koning

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Addiction Leadership Day attracts 130 participants

Matua Raki's Addiction Leadership Days continue to go from strength to strength with greater numbers of people attending. The most recent leadership day on 27 March 2014 attracted attendees from a range of services from across the country including leaders from PHO, NGO and DHB mental health and addiction services.


Innovation award goes to Lakes DHB

The Lakes DHB Mental Health and Addiction Service’s Co-existing Problems (CEP) Framework is the winner of the inaugural Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award.


Ben Tafau

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Faiva Ora members advising on Enabling Good Lives demonstration

Faiva Ora National Leadership Group members Latoa Halatau and Jade Farrar have recently been appointed as members of the Enabling Good Lives National Leadership Group, creating linkages between these groups and ensuring that Pacific perspectives will be considered in this demonstration.


Faiva Ora leader representing Pacific disability issues in New York

Faiva Ora National Leadership Group member Latoa Halatau travelled to New York to attend the International Disability Alliance (IDA) board meeting held from 13-15 July as a representative of the Pacific Disability Forum.


Disability support services guide updated

We’re pleased to release an updated English-language version of Your guide to Disability Support Services.


Carolyn Swanson

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Peer support

Peer support work in the mental health and/or addiction workforce is provided with purpose and in context. Peer support workers are trained to support people experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues towards wellbeing.


David Bradley

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Taking stock of the workforce

In 2014 the adult mental health and addiction sector will be invited to take part in a stocktake, helping to build for the first time a national profile of the workforce and its development needs.


More than numbers: Te Pou and Matua Raḵi workforce stocktake of adult mental health and addiction services

In 2014 Te Pou and Matua Raki will lead More than numbers: a workforce stocktake of adult mental health and addiction services in partnership with Te Rau Matatini, the Werry Centre and Le Va. As part of this, service providers will be invited to take part in a survey early in the year. 


Emma Wood

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New Te Pou resource: Knowledge and Skills Workforce Tool

Understanding the capability – the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a workforce – is a crucial part in the process of designing a workforce plan which can effectively enable mental health and addiction workers to respond to the needs of the people using services, their families and whanau and their communities.

To assist managers of services to assess the capability of their workforce we have designed an Excel ‘Knowledge and Skills Workforce Tool’.


Building a workforce for the future

Rising to the Challenge and Blueprint II set the strategic and philosophical direction for mental health and addiction services. As a result, we’ll soon see a number of changes to both how and where services are delivered. Equpping our workforce to implement these changes requires good workforce planning as a part of service development.


Co-existing problems service checklist

Many services are currently in the planning process to develop service level responsiveness and capability to people with co-existing problems (CEP).


Fiona Clapham Howard

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New Zealand training film supports seclusion reduction

Opening Doors is a training resource with a difference. The 23-minute film discusses the impact of seclusion from the points of view of people who have been secluded, their family, and mental health services staff.


Fiona Hamilton

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Leadership is more than a job title

Leadership is about making change – in particular transformational change. Leadership is not necessarily conferred by a job title, but as something that could be demonstrated through a practitioner driving change in a valuable way through their own initiative.

Tags: Leadership

Skills Matter programmes in 2014

Health Workforce New Zealand has confirmed that Te Pou will have the planning and funding role for all Skills Matter programmes in 2014.


Supporting NGO nurses to access the New Entry to Specialist Practice programme

Under the New Entry to Specialist Practice: Mental Health and Addiction Nursing programme, in 2014 for the first time eight positions will be reserved nationally (two per DHB region) for nurses employed as a nurse by NGOs.


Skills Matter service development

We are currently reviewing and refreshing service specifications for four of the six Skills Matter programmes for 2014 and beyond.


Skills Matter: Supporting mental health and addiction professionals

Postgraduate study is a crucial part of developing a skilled, knowledgeable and effective workforce. It supports people to think and reflect critically, to respond to change and make decisions informed by evidence-based best practice.

Tags: Skills Matter
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Guest contributor

News @ Te Pou is a blog with news and opinion pieces from Te Pou staff. You can click on an author's name in the right hand column to read all posts by that person, or use the archive and tags to find news by date or topic.

Beating the Blues: Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for mild to moderate depression

Beating the Blues® is available in New Zealand funded by the Ministry of Health. Free access to the online programme is managed by General Practitioners and other primary mental health care professionals through ManageMyHealth™.

Tags: Research and evaluation
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Jane Vanderpyl

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Addressing the gap between knowing and doing – translating evidence into practice

It is suggested there is a 17-year gap from when new knowledge is gained through research to when it is used in practice. Decreasing this gap is vital for mental health. Improving the knowledge-to-action gap has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the mental health care system, and the lives of those with lived experience, their families and caregivers.


SPARK trainees use evidence to inform and improve practice

Mental health, addiction and disability professionals from across New Zealand are progressing through a SPARK coaching and mentoring programme that encourages implementing evidence into practice.


 


Sharing our successes: From innovation to implementation

Sharing information about performance, innovation and effective practice will contribute to the sector actively using current resources more effectively. Te Pou has drawn together more than 70 stories over the last five years that highlight services adopting and implementing evidence and innovation to deliver better mental health, addiction and disability services.


Employment is a health intervention

According to international research, employment can have a positive impact on people’s physical and mental health - it can reverse the negative effects of unemployment.

Tags: Employment

E-therapy – an elegant solution for everyone?

From the first trials of internet-based psychological therapies in the early 2000s, results have been compelling. Interest in e-therapies continues to grow among mental health professionals working in both primary and secondary care, funders, planners, and service users.


Evidence into practice - knowledge translation in action

In 2005, the World Health Organization director-general wrote "there is a gap between today’s scientific advances and their application: between what we know and what is actually being done".


The use of DoView in non-government organisations

Platform Trust, along with Te Pou, assisted 10 mental health non-government organisations (NGOs) to use DoView to implement outcomes systems in their organisations.

Tags: Outcomes

Improving the acute inpatient environment

The environment is a central factor for the treatment of people with acute mental health and addiction issues. It has long been speculated that the physical environment in which treatment occurs impacts on both the treatment process and the outcomes for service users.
 


Keeping the flame alive - inspirational stories

What do the mental health and disability sectors have in common with our New Zealand Olympic athletes? Plenty! Persistence, planning, commitment, coaching, and hours of practice – all these factors also apply to the innovative work that mental health and disability services are developing.


Le Va

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Le Va contributes to diversity in New Zealand

Le Va’s Engaging Pasifika (EP) programme has recently been awarded an acknowledgement from the Human Rights Commission.
 


Ministry of Education endorses Le Va programme

Connecting culture and care in our services results in better engagement with Pacific people. This is the key principle behind Le Va’s Engaging Pasifika cultural competency programme.

Tags: Le Va, Engaging Pasifika
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Awards recipient receives Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award

When Jessica Papali’i-Curtin, a Pacific Health Workforce Awards recipient, heard that she was among a small group of outstanding, young, Pacific New Zealanders to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award, she felt very humbled.

Tags: Le Va

Manase Lua

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Changes to disability workforce grants

Every year we aim to make sure grant funding is prioritised to have the most impact. This year we will strengthen our existing partnerships with Disabled Peoples Organisations to give consumers greater input into planning and delivery of the DWD grants programme.


Putting people first: Te Pou develops Let’s Get Real for the disability sector

Te Pou is developing a competency and capability framework for the disability workforce, in consultation with disabled people and their family/whanau, disabled person’s organisations and disability support organisations.


Solutions for Pacific families and communities

Te Pou is pleased to support Le Va’s GPS 2.0: Growing Pacific Solutions for our communities annual conference, highlighting innovative and integrated solutions that meet the needs of Pacific families and communities in New Zealand.


Enhancing access to leadership opportunities for the disability workforce

Disability Workforce Development is exploring a new way of administering the leadership development grant, to ensure the workforce has access to quality leadership training in the most efficient and effective way.

Tags: Disability

Disability Workforce Development announces Innovation Fund

Do you have an innovative idea for developing the disability workforce? Apply for an Innovation Fund to bring your  new or improved workforce development initiative to life.

Tags: Disability

Mark Smith

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National mental health and addiction information reference group meet for first time

The new national mental health and addiction information reference group is an example of cooperation. Te Pou hosted the first national mental health information meeting in Auckland on March 18.


Using outcomes information - part two

Welcome to the second part of our series on how the sector collects and uses outcomes information. Part two looks at service (DHB or NGO) and national levels.


Using outcomes information - part one

Both the service development plan from the Ministry of Health and Blueprint II signal the increasing importance of using outcomes information. This column focuses on using information at the clinician-service user and multidisciplinary team levels.


Developing an outcomes culture in New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services

One of Te Pou’s roles is to implement government and ministry policy with regards to outcomes and information.


National trainers day well attended

Te Pou hosted the second national trainers day in Wellington on 13 November 2012. The day was well attended by trainers from most district health boards.

Tags: Outcomes

An outcome worth having: The dilemma of perspective

What is an outcome worth having in mental health and who should decide what it is? Stupid question you may well say. However, it seems to me this question goes to the heart of what is important in our mental health services.


Matua Raḵi

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2014 Matua Raḵi workforce innovation award entries invited

Matua Raki is seeking applications for its 2014 Workforce Innovation Award. The award showcases innovation in work practices that contribute to improving workplace wellbeing and staff engagement.

Tags: Addiction

Opioid Substitution Treatment guide launched - for clients and their support people

Matua Raki has just published OST and you: a guide to opioid substitution treatment for clients of Opioid Treatment Services, put together by people with experience of opioid substitution treatment, with support from the Matua Raki Consumer Leadership Group.


Share your views on Therapeutic Community training - five minute survey

Matua Raki invites you to take part in a very short online survey about your views on Therapeutic Community (TC) training.


Te Whare o Tiki supports Co-Existing Problems knowledge and skills

A new publication - Te Whare o Tiki - which identifies the Co-Existing Problems (CEP) knowledge and skills required by the mental health and addiction workforce was launched today in Wellington.


Monique Faleafa

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Delivering on our promise

Two main outcomes from our GPS 2012: national fono in April this year saw our Pacific mental health, addictions, disabilities and other social sectors agree that in order to grow Pacific solutions for our families, we need to enforce that culture is key to integrated solutions and strengthen collective activity across sectors for better outcomes.
 


Enhancing cultural responsiveness

At the same time that we grow the skills and knowledge of the Pacific workforce, a major focus for Le Va is to enhance the responsiveness of services so that Pacific families are accessing quality care.


Richard Woodcock

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The quintessential leader is an informed leader

Every good leader should be aware of the environment in which they operate and how other environments may alter their course. Information leadership is concerned with the practices and evidence that enables effective harvesting of information.


Developing an outcomes culture

Using information effectively ensures services play a key role in supporting government objectives to deliver evidence-based mental health and addiction services, while adapting to changing public expectations of value and quality service delivery.

Tags: Outcomes

Robyn Shearer

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Highlights from TheMHS – managing and working with trauma

I recently attended The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Summer Forum in Sydney. The two day conference focused on trauma and the mental health workforce.


Conference highlights best use of information and outcomes

Our knowledge about the best practice and developments in information and outcomes was further strengthened as we combined with our Australian counterparts to deliver AMHOIC - The Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference – last week in Sydney.


Sharing innovation and improving services internationally

IIMHL and IIDL exchange and network meetings have contributed to increased sharing and implementation of innovation, resulting in better outcomes for people using services. Some really amazing and valuable innovations have been shared.

Tags: IIMHL

Responding to national and regional needs

Te Pou is delighted to be working on a three year work plan with Te Rau Matatini and the Werry Centre.

Tags: Disability, Le Va, Addiction
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Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season

2012 has been a year of hard work and achievement across the mental health, addiction and disability sectors.


Supporting evidence-based practice

I recently had the pleasure of attending Southland DHB's launch of its 100 day mental health and addiction strategic plan. I was asked about Te Pou's role in supporting evidence-based practice. We have a number of mechanisms to do this.


Suzette Poole

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Supervision vital to growing the support workforce

Supervision has proven to be one workforce strategy that can contribute to improved skills and consolidation of training, increased job satisfaction, decreased staff burnout and turnover and improved quality of service.


Co-existing problems: any door is the right door

Momentum to ensure that ‘any door is the right door’ for people with co-existing problems (CEP) is continuing to build nationally.


Nurse practitioners making a difference for people with mental health issues

The landscape of the mental health and addiction workforce continues to evolve as existing roles expand and new roles develop.

Tags: Nursing

Te Pou

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Equally Well: Improving physical health outcomes of New Zealanders with a mental illness and/or addiction

In 2013, Te Pou and Platform started work to better understand and support the physical health of people with a mental illness and/or addiction. This began with a review of international and New Zealand evidence, and included a call for New Zealand evidence. Read an update on this project and key findings from the evidence review.


Call for evidence reveals national interest in physical health project

Te Pou and Platform have been overwhelmed with the positive responses and interest in the Take Action for Health Equity project.


Peer support: Bridging the gap

The peer support and consumer workforce is exciting, diverse and rapidly growing. New Zealand mental health and/or addiction services continue to show innovation in this area, and a strong commitment to building the quality and capability of this workforce for the future.


A new entity within the Wise Group, Pacific Inc. Ltd

Pacific Inc. Ltd, a new entity within the Wise Group, began trading as a company with charitable status on Tuesday 1 October.

Tags: Le Va

Take action for health equity: Working together to improve the physical health of people with a severe mental illness and/or addiction

Te Pou is working with Platform and its members on a collaborative project which aims to take action to improve the relatively poor physical health of people who have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, including major depressive disorder, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and/or addiction. We are launching a call for evidence and seek your support.


Te Pou job vacancy - workforce analyst

Te Pou is looking an outstanding person to fill the role of workforce analyst. Working within our research and evaluation team, this role is responsible for developing and implementing the national workforce stocktake, along with development of workforce planning, modelling and forecasting for mental health services.


New tool helps patients and their health providers talk about employment and mental health

For many people experiencing a mental health condition, the decision to return to employment can be a difficult one. The Employment and Mental Health Option Grid has been published to help individuals and their health providers have evidence-informed conversations about the benefits and risks of returning to employment.

Tags: Employment

MidCentral DHB’s dramatic increase in HoNOS compliance – and how it helped clinicians do their job

Completion rates for HoNOS have risen dramatically at MidCentral DHB in the past three years, from 9 per cent in 2008 to 84 per cent in 2012.


Highlights from IIMHL Network Meeting

More than 300 mental health, addiction and disability sector leaders from around the world recently came together to share innovation and ways of improving services at the seventh International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) meeting. We share photos and a video from the event.


Creating healthy workplaces saves $$ per year

Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), is in New Zealand in March to discuss Canada’s efforts to create mentally healthy workplaces.


World’s mental health leaders converge on New Zealand

More than 300 mental health and disability leaders from seven countries will meet in New Zealand on 6 -8 March to share best practice ideas for improving mental health and disability service care around the world.


International expert’s mission to increase life expectancy for people with mental illness

People with a serious mental illness have a shorter life expectancy than people who don’t.  Ken Jue, an international expert on physical and mental health from America talked to the health workforce about how they can improve life expectancy and quality of life for people with a mental illness by working more closely together.

Tags: Leadership, IIMHL
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International expert in children’s mental health spoke in Cromwell

An International child and youth mental health expert from America shared his experience in creating services that are more effective in helping young people with mental illness with the region’s mental health workforce.  


2011 Skills Matter student survey

Skills Matter, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, funds about 260 full-time-equivalent nurses to undertake postgraduate mental health and addiction training each year. Read about the results of the 2011 student survey.


Tina Earl

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Talking therapies: Communication is paramount

With the increase in mental health issues in New Zealand and the demand this places on our services, we need to work across primary care, DHB and NGO services to provide effective and efficient talking/psychological therapies that meet the full spectrum of a service user’s needs.


Vanessa Caldwell

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'Crossing the borders' at Cutting Edge

"Regardless of our situation we are all citizens with rights to safe housing, proper health care and the right to a sense of belonging to a community. Everybody’s life matters." Hear more highlights from the recent Cutting Edge conference in this blog.

Tags: Addiction

Workforce Innovation Award 2013

Applications are now open for the inaugural Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award.


Cutting Edge national addiction treatment conference

The Cutting Edge national addiction treatment conference was held in Wellington last week and attended by over 400 delegates. It was a great opportunity to hear new ideas, be challenged about our practice, feel supported in our work, catch up with old friends and make new ones.