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2 July 2019

By Equally Well

Corrections Health Nurses Education Programme

Read Equally Well Backbone Team member Ashley Koning's blog about what has struck him while co-facilitating the Department of Corrections primary mental health and addiction education programme for Corrections’ health service nurses.


10 June 2019

By John Vogenthaler

Taking action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Over the last eighteen months we have been supporting the implementation of the Ministry of Health’s Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016–2019: An action plan. Our particular focus has been on the development of training and resources for frontline professionals who regularly encounter individuals with FASD and their whānau.


23 May 2019

By Te Pou

Te Pou board announces new chief executive

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou), New Zealand's national centre for workforce development in mental health, addiction and disability services, is delighted to announce Rae Lamb as our new chief executive.


13 May 2019

By Ashley Koning

Harm reduction

Harm reduction is an approach that recognises that most of us use substances in our lives at one stage or another and that simply stating don’t use them has not and will not stop use or the risks associated with substance use.


9 May 2019

By Joanne Richdale

Working with older people with mental health and/or addiction needs

Ageing and its implications are increasingly on the minds of many New Zealanders. Not everyone will consistently experience health, happiness and fulfilment in later life, with some older people experiencing considerable distress due to problems with mental health and/or addiction.


12 March 2019

By Equally Well

Staying agile and keeping an eye on the horizon of possibilities

Equally 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.