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Skills for integration in primary and community health settings

Working together

Ko koe kei tēnā kīwai, ko au kei tēnei kīwai o te kete

You carry your handle and I’ll carry my handle of our kete

Supporting the roll-out

Skills for integration in primary and community health settings has been developed to inform the planning, development and delivery of workforce development activities that can support the roll-out of integrated mental health and addiction services in primary and community health settings, across a wide range of roles, services and models of care.

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Emerging practice, evolving guidance

This guidance is evolving as we work with stakeholders to grow our shared understanding of workforce development needs in providing integrated approaches in primary and community health settings. Currently it reflects and aims to support the initial workforce development priorities that stakeholders have identified. Our intention is to continue to collaborate with stakeholders to refine and add to this guidance over time, to keep pace with the evolving nature of integrated approaches nationally and the associated workforce development needs.

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Approaches to integration

He Ara Oranga: Report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (2019) included 40 recommendations intended to transform the approach to mental health and addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand. As part of this, He Ara Oranga identified the urgent need to design and implement a broad spectrum of people-centred and integrated services that would increase people’s access to and choice of services across primary health, community-based non-government organisations (NGOs) and district health boards (DHBs). In this context the term ‘primary health’ is inclusive of Māori health and iwi providers, Pacific providers, NGOs and General Practice.

Foundations of integration

The Aotearoa New Zealand Government vision for health and social care is equity for all. Health equity is achieved when everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve their full health potential.

Integration skills

The skills for integration are focussed on the knowledge and skills relevant to working in an integrated way, as a sub-set of the broader range of knowledge and skills required by those working in and with primary and community health services.

This e-learning is for support workers new to working in primary care settings. The aim is to help support workers to have a good understanding of their role and how the essential level Skills for integration will assist them as part of an integrated general practice team.

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