Patrice Dennis

Programme lead

I provide leadership for the successful delivery of MH101 and Skills Matter to support and improve the capability of the workforce in responding to people with mental health and addiction issues. 

MH101 is a one-day workshop that is designed to increase the confidence of frontline government and social agency staff who will encounter people with experience of mental distress and/or addictions. It is now delivered to a variety of organisations and communities across Aotearoa.

Skills Matter provides funding for postgraduate training for new graduates and existing practitioners working in DHB, NGO and primary care settings.

It is exciting to be leading two projects that have such a broad reach, from the community setting through to our specialist workforce.

I have worked as a registered nurse in the mental health and addiction sector in Aotearoa for 15 years, in a number of nursing and education roles. Before moving to Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, I worked for Wellington Addiction Services.

I have always been committed to working in partnership with people, their whānau and communities, acknowledging and valuing peoples’ personal experiences as well as my own. I am passionate about continuing to improve mental health care and understanding in Aotearoa. MH101 and the Skills Matter programmes are an excellent opportunity to be a part of that development.

I have a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) and a Master of Music Therapy (Hons).

Current projects