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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.


8 March 2019

By Ashley Koning

What's in an 's'?

In the addiction sector the simple ‘s’ when used after the term addiction totally changes the meaning of what is being stated.


14 September 2018

By Matua Raḵi

Northland DHB Scoops Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award

Northland DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services took out the Supreme Matua Raki Workforce Innovation Award at the Cutting Edge Conference Oscarz Awards dinner in Rotorua on Thursday night.


31 August 2018

By Te Pou

A national peer support service – New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme

Lived experience and peer leaders within Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui are leading work around the development of peer workforce career pathways. This involves a review of the current peer workforce competencies and exploring frameworks to support the various careers and specialties within the peer support workforce.


25 July 2018

Applications now open for Workforce Innovation Award

This award seeks to showcase innovations in work practices that contribute to workforce wellbeing and development.


1 July 2018

By Matua Raḵi

Connecting the connectors: Addiction Peer and Consumer Day

Thirty-eight people in dedicated lived experience roles, from across a wide variety of services in Auckland, recently gathered together at Higher Ground for the 5th Addiction Peer and Consumer Day.