Matua Raki August 2016 newsletter

Since the launch of the Ministry of Health’s Supporting parents, healthy children (SPHC) guidelines (previously referred to as COPMIA) in September last year, Matua Raki along with other workforce centre colleagues have been busy. To raise awareness of the guidelines the workforce centres initially presented four SPHC workshops in the main centres for leaders, managers and others who would have responsibility for implementing the guidelines. These were followed by ten regional practitioner focussed workshops facilitated by Kina Trust that introduced the guidelines to practitioners in the mental health and addiction sectors.

The current focus for the SPHC workforce team is implementation support. Each region has been allocated two key people from the workforce team whose aim is to support implementation of the guidelines. These people have been making contact with key stakeholders in their areas and working directly with mental health and addiction organisations (both DHB and NGO). As such the team has also been developing a set of implementation tools that will support organisational awareness, readiness to change and planning. The team are also working on developing pathways to manaaki iwi and urban Māori services, so that the SPHC kaupapa is purposeful and enhances the mahi that Māori services already provide for their tāngata whai ora and whānau.

Regular newsletters about the work will be sent out from the Werry Centre. These newsletters will keep people up to date with the project, provide information and links to useful resources and highlight some innovative practice around the country. For more information and to sign up for this newsletter go to the Werry Centre’s SPHC page.  

For more information about implementing the SPHC guidelines within the addiction sector please contact 

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