We’re calling on people and organisations to use your influence in finding solutions to growing physical health disparities between people who experience mental health and addiction problems, and people who don’t. We know that by working together, we can create lasting change.
Let us know what your organisation is doing, and we may be able to provide useful resources or connect you with others working in similar areas. We’d also like to profile your activity on this website.
Hundreds of activities are underway across New Zealand that show Equally Well in action. Browse our selection of stories below or read more Equally Well stories in the news and stories feed.
12 March 2019Equally Well champion and strategic lead Helen Lockett reflects on the cracking Equally Well workshop held at the Ministry of Health's Making it Real: Working with long-term conditions conference.
16 November 2018Two pilot audits of the current Hepatitis C (HCV) status of people receiving opioid treatment in 2016 and 2017 indicated that a significant proportion of people had current active HCV infection but were not engaged in treatment.
13 November 2018The Equally Well backbone team presented on the Equally Well collaborative at the Harm Reduction Conference, taking the opportunity to highlight some of the practical harm reduction strategies that are particularly relevant for people who use substances, not just those accessing addiction services.
23 August 2018At last week’s NZMA GP CME South conference Dr Clark reiterated the importance of health equity and in particular highlighted the physical health inequities for people experiencing mental health and addiction issues.
23 August 2018An update on Canterbury DHB consumer advisor Linda Smith's progress with Equally Well education.
23 August 2018Associate Professor David Menkes and Andrea Bates reflect on their recent presentations supporting Equally Well.
23 August 2018A review of 'How to Treat' (Bagnall, C., Codyre, D. & Lockett, H., 2018).
15 March 2018The University of Auckland recently hosted a two-day Equally Well summer school in partnership with Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and Platform Trust.
17 October 2017Linda Smith is one of the Consumer Advisors within Canterbury DHB. It is Linda’s role within the Specialist Mental Health Services of the DHB to work with managers to improve the services provided for people with experience of mental health issues. Here Linda shares her observations on some of the Equally Well initiatives the DHB is involved with to improve information, access and outcomes for people with mental health issues. She is a passionate advocate for Equally Well action.
17 October 2017Equally Well isn’t only about information, big organisational plans and policy changes, often it’s about a worker using what is at hand to make a big difference. Here is a great example of how a community support worker, and the person he was working with, found a sustainable and fun solution that made a world of difference to his wellbeing.
17 October 2017Movement-building leadership for Equally Well is demonstrated by many organisations. Here we feature the Public Health Association, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the South Island Alliance, to show what they are doing in their spheres of influence.
29 August 2017Bay Of Plenty DHB is using a new GP shared care (GPSC) flexible funding model to change the way opioid substitution treatment (OST) is delivered in the Bay. This new Equally Well approach to OST care will improve physical health outcomes for people using OST, who often suffer the consequences of long-term substance use.
29 August 2017Karen Turanga is a passionate registered Dental Hygienist - on a mission to spread the importance of good oral health care.
29 August 2017The Community Mental Health team in Buller, the West Coast primary health organisation (PHO) and the Buller Medical Centre have partnered together to increase physical health and wellbeing for people living on the West Coast. The focus is to support people who experience mental health or alcohol or other drug (AOD) issues.
29 August 2017Primary healthcare providers, and particularly GPs and nurses working in primary care, have an essential role in prevention, early intervention and treatment for both mental and physical health problems.
28 August 2016With the signing of the Midland Service Level Agreement for MHAS's (SLAT), between the Midland DHB and the Midland Health Network, came an agreement to a stepped model of care, which essentially established a whole of sector approach to the provision of services to those experiencing psychological distress and/or psychiatric disorder.
28 June 2016An opportunity to improve cardiovascular disease health outcomes amongst people who experience mental health issues was taken up recently by the Equally Well backbone group at Te Pou, working with Ruth Cunningham from the University of Otago, Wellington.
28 June 2016Equally Well has formed a group to oversee the development of a recovery focused prescribing toolkit. Full and open conversations about psychotropic medication is a top priority for Equally Well.
12 May 2016There is a significant physical health disparity between people who experience mental health and addiction issues, and people who don't. We look at what's happening across New Zealand to tackle this issue.
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