Anna Nelson

Programme manager, Matua Raḵi

(Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha)

I am responsible for helping to lead the team committed to the ongoing professional development of anyone who might come into contact with people with addiction related problems.

This involves working alongside a dynamic and hard working team of project leaders. They work on a variety of projects to build the capability and capacity of the specialist addiction workforce and also those in frontline primary and community services – who may meet people with addition problems and their families and whānau in day to day work. This has included primary care organisations (PHOs), Work and Income, the Defence Force and social service providers.  

I also lead the Supporting parents, healthy children (formally known as COPMIA) project for Matua Raki. This involves working closely with the other workforce development centres to deliver workforce development initiatives that focus on working with consumers as parents and caregivers, their whānau, families and children.

A social worker by background, I began my career in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector in 1996 as a dual diagnosis social worker in the Waikato. Following this I worked in a variety of AOD settings including day programmes, residential services, prisons, outpatient services and in education throughout New Zealand and in London. Directly prior to starting with Matua Raki in 2009, I was a senior lecturer in social work at London’s South Bank University where I specialised in teaching problematic substance use to a range of allied health professionals.

I have both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work as well as qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education.