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Valuing our support workforce

The largest workforce

Support workers are the largest workforce supporting people experiencing problematic substance use and mental health issues. They work in a number of settings including iwi and kaupapa organisations, NGOs, DHBs and primary care. It is important for support workers to feel that their work is supported, understood, and valued as an integral part of the mental health and addiction continuum.

Te Pou is planning several initiatives this year which aim to celebrate, strengthen, and develop the support workforce. Te Pou is holding focus groups in June to help us understand the key workforce development priorities for support workers. Three focus groups are scheduled for support workers and two for team leaders/managers. You can register for one of the workshops using the links below, or visit our support workforce page to learn more.

Support worker focus groups

Tuesday 7th of June – 3.00-4.30pm -support workers

Wednesday 8th of June-11.00-12.30pm-support workers

Friday 10th of June-10.00am-11.30am-support workers

Team leader/manager focus groups

Thursday 9th of June- 2.30-4.00pm-team leaders/managers

Tuesday 14th of June-10.30am-12.00pm-team leaders/managers


Please contact Alexia Black at if you have any questions or need more information.

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