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Our Work

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Our areas of work, initiatives and events

Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges. We then use our range of projects and expertise to meet these needs.

Some of our current projects look at reducing the use of seclusion and restraint, increasing access to talking therapies, supporting more people to take part in training, and improving the physical health of people using services. We also provide tools, training and resources to improve outcomes and information use.

Latest Initiatives

Mental Health

Te Pou provides a national centre for mental health workforce development in New Zealand. We aim to improve the lives of people with mental health needs by connecting the people working with them, tāngata whai ora, tāngata whaikaha and their whānau, with knowledge, resources, training, and information.

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Te Pou provides a national centre for addiction workforce development, working with organisations and people across the country and around the world to support the addiction workforce and minimise addiction-related harm.

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Te Pou believes in social justice, inclusion and building healthy communities. We collaborate with disabled people, whānau and the workforce to invest in skill and leadership development and to create resources that build the values, knowledge and skills we all need to uphold the rights of disabled people.

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Lived experience

Te Pou provides information and resources to help the mental health, addiction and disability sectors develop and grow the peer workforce in a sustainable and measured way. The peer workforce (also known as the consumer, peer support and lived experience workforce) includes all roles that require personal lived experience of mental health and/or addiction problems.

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