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Stakeholder engagement

People with lived experience and whānau contributed via interview and attended online Q&A presentations, focus groups and an online workshop. People from the mental health and addiction lived experience workforce indicated their strong support to the project and a willingness to develop ongoing connections and continue to engage with their peers from the disability sector.

The consultation provided an opportunity for dialogue with Māori leaders via online hui and interview. The leaders that we have engaged with also indicated that they are willing to support the work as it progresses.

An online focus group for Pasifika was attended by people with lived experience, whānau members and professionals from a range of organisations.

The team also met with most of New Zealand’s specialist dual disability services, who contributed their thoughts and experience.

Several other services and groups participated including Northern Regional Alliance, MHA workforce centres, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, National District Health Boards, Mental Health and Addiction general managers and clinical directors, The Family Network NZ, Enabling Good Lives, Gender Minorities Aotearoa, People First, Balance Aotearoa, Autism NZ, Manawaikaha, Complex Care Group, Altogether Autism, Platform, NZDSN and Waitemata DHB Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services.

We also received support from individuals, via written feedback, and through discussion.

Twenty-five people completed the online survey, either representing themselves or on behalf of groups. Of these respondents, 37% worked for DHB, 26% for NGOs, 21% were in private practice and 17% were involved in workforce development.

A snapshot of engagement processes and how many people provided feedback is shown below.

While engaging with individuals with lived experience and their whānau, the team ensured informed consent processes were followed, the focus of discussion was on the review of the draft framework, and that they were mindful of the need to ensure the safety of participants.

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