We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

We're excited to announce that as of 1 July 2020, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui will be called Te Pou. We have a fresh new look and a new logo that you will begin to see more often. Our website will be rebuilt over the coming months, to be more focused on ease of access to our resources and knowledge. Read more here

Caro Swanson

Principal advisor, mental health & service user lead

My work supports the mental health and addiction workforce to be effective for and responsive to the people who use services. I provide a service user perspective and lens for Te Pou’s work, especially on service user inclusion, participation, leadership and workforce development.

I’ve worked in mental health and addictions for 12 years now in service user roles including consumer advisory, auditing, governance, peer support, project management, training, facilitation, consultancy, evaluation, resource development, advocacy, writing, supervision and mentoring, and quality improvement.

I have wide life experience in many facets; the driving force for the work I do now is my own life-long resilience journey involving mental illness and navigating mental health services.

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