Connecting, sharing knowledge, and applying innovations to improve services

The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and the International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) are international learning collaboratives for mental health, addiction and disability leaders.

IIMHL and IIDL help leaders connect, share knowledge, and apply innovations to improve services. IIMHL and IIDL are government funded initiatives.

Applications now open for 2019 IIMHL Leadership Exchange

Note for all IIMHL New Zealand/Aotearoa members

The 2019 IIMHL Leadership Exchange will be held September 9 - 13. Matches will be across the US and Canada with the Network Meeting in Washington D.C. See the match topics.

Each country has an allocation and New Zealand has been allocated 30 places at the Exchange. 

Apply to represent NZ at the 2019 IIMHL Leadership Exchange

Clicking the button above directly downloads a word document application form to your computer.

All registrations in 2019 from New Zealand members will be treated as provisional until they have been assessed by a New Zealand Selection Panel convened by Te Pou and the Ministry of Health. This additional process has been introduced to manage growing demand from IIMHL members, and ensure members of the New Zealand delegation are equipped and ideally placed to implement recommendations from He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Important note

In response to requests for the closing date for applications to be brought forward, agreement has been reached to make the deadline for applications 4.00pm on Friday, 12 April 2019. 

This change is due to requests from applicants to provide certainty as soon as possible so they can finalise IIMHL matches with their hosts and book travel and accommodation. The selection panel will now meet during the week commencing 15 April to evaluate applications, with applicants informed of the outcome of their application by 18 April. 

For further information please email iimhl@tepou.co.nz

If you are not yet a member but wish to attend, please join IIMHL - see the How to join section below.




New Zealand’s involvement in IIMHL

Nine countries participate in IIMHL: New Zealand, USA, England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands and Australia. 

New Zealand is a founding member of IIMHL. Te Pou funds a staff member to work on planning, liaison and evaluation for IIMHL. 

Read about the 2018 IMHL and IIDL Leadership Exchange.

How to join

There is no cost to join IIMHL or IIDL. Register on the IIMHL website.

You can join if you are employed in a leadership role and you are endorsed by your employer or sponsoring organisation, or if you are acknowledged by the sector as having leadership responsibilities.

Leadership roles can range from CEO through to Māori leaders, Pacific leaders, clinicians or consumers or family members who work in advocacy roles with leadership responsibilities in services.