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Challenging discrimination

Strong advocacy for eliminating discrimination

Workers with this set of skills will ensure that people working in health are strong advocates for the elimination of discrimination relating to mental health and addiction.

Essential level resources

Resources for everyone working in health, regardless of role, profession or organisation.

  • Real language, real hope is a language resource adapted from "Recovery Language" by Otto Wahl. It highlights the impact the words we choose can have on our own attitudes as well as on those around us.
  • Language matters poster is a language resource by Matua Raḵi that provides more person-centric language options to use when discussing addiction.
  • MH101 and Addiction 101 workshops help people increase their knowledge and confidence to understand and recognise mental health, addiction and wellbeing challenges.
  • Mental health stigma reduction guidelines from Changing Minds aim to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by those who have experienced mental health issues.
  • Discrimination: What you do makes the difference is as short resource from Like Minds Like Mine that raises awareness of ways to reduce discrimination.
  • Supporting people with alcohol and drug issues is a video featuring Dr Siobhan Trevallyan and people with lived experiences of alcohol and drug issues discussing how primary health professionals can improve health outcomes for people.
  • Understanding bias in health care by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The series of three online learning modules has been endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for professional development points.
  • New Zealand Health Survey provides data and reporting about population-level disparities in health.
  • Wai 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry webpage provides updates and resources about the Wai2575 inquiry into a range of issues relating to the health system, specific health services and outcomes, including health equity for Māori.

Enhanced level resources

For everyone working in mental health and addiction roles

Leadership level resources

For everyone who is leading, guiding, educating and resourcing the work of others in health

(Please see the Working with Communities section for additional resources about social and community inclusion.)

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Te Pou has a wide range of evidence-based resources and tools to help the mental health, addiction and disability workforces.

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Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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