Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021.
He Ara Oranga, the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, reflected the voices of thousands of New Zealanders. It included the call for a system focused on wellbeing that makes the most of existing talent and builds capability and relationships across the sector and communities. A key component of the Government’s response to He Ara Oranga is to establish a mechanism for sharing innovation and learning about what works well so services can change in ways that improve the mental health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
Te Whāriki o te Ara Oranga has been created as a response to this call. A network for innovators, influencers and leaders in mental health and addiction services, Whāriki will launch in 2021. It will help people find examples of what is working, where and for whom to transform services. Te Pou has been engaged to create and host Whāriki for the next 12 months.
A dynamic network to share learning and innovation by the people who will deliver change, it supports members to connect and collaborate creatively. A safe space to wānanga; Whāriki will evolve as members join.
Whāriki is looking for initiatives to profile in mental health and addiction services that:
Get in touch with Whāriki to recommend initiatives in these areas and if you would like to come on board as an early adopter. Experience with networks suggests it is useful to focus on a small number of priority topics. The initial focus areas were determined from feedback from the sector and will evolve as members join. Watch out for more details of when Whāriki goes live so that you can join a supportive community committed to change.
A Te Tiriti-based and sector-owned initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders and achieve equity for Māori by:
And it is not just talk. The aspiration is that Whāriki members will deliver change based on what they learn from each other and will see their successes influence services around the country.
This group has the responsibility to get the network up and running. The oversight group comprises leaders from the Ministry of Health, Health Quality and Safety Commission, and Te Pou and includes the Ministry of Health’s Chief Advisor, Māori. Collectively, they are accountable to deliver and oversee Whāriki. They decide on the network’s initial design and structure and respond to feedback to shape Whāriki.
A small project team is doing the mahi to set up Whāriki. This includes two ringa kohikohi (knowledge brokers) who connect people into the network and forge connections between them. They find, translate and share knowledge, and facilitate hui to enable the sharing of what works. The ringa kohikohi are supported by people with communications, technology and administration skills.
Currently being tested, the platform will help people connect to share resources, their experiences and innovations.
Whāriki will comprise innovators, leaders and influencers across mental health and addiction services including tangata whenua, people with lived experience, clinicians, planners and funders, and service managers that reflect the diversity of Aotearoa. Members will bring their collective knowledge, diverse perspectives and an openness to learn from each other and adopting innovative solutions.
One of Whāriki’s new ringa kohikohi (knowledge brokers), Katheryn Butters will connect members into the network and identify and showcase initiatives. The new ringa kohikohi Māori will join the network in 2021.