Response to the MHAI Recommendations


Following the December 2018 release of He Ara Oranga - Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, the PSA is now preparing a response to the recommendations outlined in the report.

The release of He Ara Oranga - Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction at the end of 2018 strongly reflected the need for a reset of New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services.

The Government intends to formally respond to the Inquiry report in March this year.

Prior to this, the PSA will be preparing a response to the recommendations outlined in the Inquiry report and we would like to invite all PSA members working in mental health and addiction services to have their say. 


The Process

The PSA will be hosting five regional forums, open to all PSA members working in mental health and addiction services.

The focus of the regional forums will be on the recommendations outlined in the Inquiry report. We would like to hear your feedback regarding the recommendations, whether it be concerns or suggestions for implementation.

The feedback gathered at the regional forums will then be collated and presented at a national forum as a national recommendation of the PSA to the government.

The National forum will be held in Wellington at the end of February, where we will be meeting with Ministry of Health officials. We will also be selecting representatives from the regional forums to attend the national forum.

See the tabs below for further information regarding forum times, dates, and venues.

If you are interested in attending a regional forum, please contact Bronte Ammundsen to apply. 


Have your say

Whether or not you are able to attend a regional forum, you are invited to provide your feedback based on the recommendations by filling out this survey.


Stay engaged

In the lead up to these forums, we invite you to join our closed Facebook group, PSA Members Response to MHAI Recommendations. We will be using this group to promote discussion around the 40 recommendations offered in the Inquiry Report, focusing on a new recommendation or set of recommendations each day.

Regardless of whether you will be able to attend a forum, we welcome your participation in group discussions.

 

See the tabs below for more information and resources, including copies of the final report and the PSA submission. 

The PSA will be hosting five regional forums, open to PSA members working in mental health and addiction services.

The focus of the regional forums will be on the recommendations outlined in the Inquiry report. We will be gathering feedback regarding the recommendations, whether it be concerns or suggestions for implementation.

What do we want to achieve?

The feedback gathered at the regional forums is to be collated and presented at a national forum as a national recommendation of the PSA to the government.

The national forum will be held in Wellington at the end of February, where we will be meeting with Ministry of Health officials. 

Times, dates, and locations:

Regional forums will be commencing the week of Monday 11th February. The details for the forums are as follows: 

Wellington - Monday 11 February 
10:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: Moa Room, Te Papa Building, 20 Upper Main Drive, Porirua
For help, contact: Bronte Ammundsen   

Nelson - Wednesday, 13 February
10:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: PSA Nelson Office Video Conference Room, Munro State Building, Ground Floor South, 190 Bridge Street
For help, contact: Helen Panoho

Dunedin - Wednesday, 13 February (Dunedin forum to be hosted via video link to the Nelson forum)
10:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: PSA Dunedin Office, 30 London Street, Dunedin  
For help, contact: Helen Panoho

Auckland - Thursday, 14 February 
10:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: PSA Auckland Office Conference Room, 155 New North Road, Eden Terrace
For help, contact: Helen Panoho

Hamilton - Thursday, 14 February
10:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: PSA Hamilton Office Conference Room, 489 Anglesea Street
For help, contact: Denise Campbell

Christchurch - Thursday, 14 February
10:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: Fergusson Building, Hillmorton Hospital, Annex Road South, Middleton 
For help, contact: Helen Panoho

What did the Inquiry set out to achieve?

The independent Inquiry panel stated it wanted to "generate hope" and set a clear direction that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the broader community can pick up and implement to improve New Zealand’s approach to mental health and well-being for the next five to ten years. 

On January 23rd 2018 the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction was announced, reflecting the success of the hard campaigning that PSA members collectively engaged in during 2017.

During the period of April - June 2018, the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry panel invited interested people and organisations to provide written submissions. The PSA and PSA Youth both entered submissions, which can be seen in the resources tab or the PSA Submissions page.

From May - August 2018, the Inquiry Panel held a series of forums across the country to engage with the public.

Under its Terms of Reference the Inquiry reported its findings and opinions to the Minister of Health in November 2018. The report was then made available to the public the following month, in December 2018.