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Mental Health and Addiction Older Persons’ Symposium

***postponed until 30 March 2022***

Please join us for a national gathering of leaders within Older Persons Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Mental Health & Addiction Older Persons’ Symposium will provide a forum for leaders who provide services to Older Persons to hear about examples of what is working well in services across the country, get updates on the latest data and information as it applies to older persons, including implications for workforce development. Presentations will focus on the following four themes:

  • What the data is telling us
  • Substance Use
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Young onset dementia

At the conclusion of the day, attendees will have an increased awareness of what is happening in Older Persons' Mental Health and Addiction Services across the country. Facilitated discussion (workshop style) will identify and affirm synergies across the sector and help shape recommendations for future development.

This event is for leaders within District Health Board services, NGOs, academics, researchers and representatives from the Ministry of Health. The day’s agenda has been planned by a Steering Group of sector leaders with administration and co-ordination support provided by Te Pou.

This event will not be live streamed. Indicative programme to follow.

Please note the event is now full. To be placed on the wait list please email




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