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Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand

Sponsored article Treating mental health in New Zealand is a challenge our healthcare system has experienced for decades. With a large portion of the country - one in six New Zealand adults - having been diagnosed with...

Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to...

Funding boost for frontline mental health services

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is "delighted" with the Government's pledge to inject more money into medical centres nationwide to boost mental health services. The NZMA's endorsement comes after the Prime Minister and Minister...

Family violence and mental health services

The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) is calling for mental health and addiction services to act as allies for family violence victims. The FVDRC is an independent committee that reviews and advises the...

More mental health nurses sign up for voluntary bonding

A record number of mental health nurses have applied for a scheme to help reduce shortages in hospitals and communities. The Voluntary Bonding Scheme, which has been running for a decade, had 148 mental health...

Survey reveals depression and bullying in Kiwi workplaces

A wide survey of New Zealand workplaces by researchers from Massey University’s Healthy Work Group has found more than one-quarter of employees feel depressed much of the time and half of workers say their...

New primary mental health partnership takes shape

ProCare Health Ltd and Tū Ora Compass Health have signed an agreement to align their respective mental health services – in order to enable a stronger primary mental health service for communities across Aotearoa.   Over...

Teens hooked on social media at greater risk of depression

Teenagers who spend hours on social media could be risking depression. Experts said the internet encouraged youngsters to measure themselves against others, usually those with 'perfect' bodies and exciting lifestyles. This 'upward social comparison' can significantly...

Substance use recommendations in Mental Health Inquiry

In an article published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, Sally Casswell, of Massey University, and Benedikt Fischer of the University of Auckland, comment on the four substance use-related recommendations in the inquiry’s...

Supporting farmers’ mental health – new research

New research shows that farmers dealing with stress and mental health concerns, need practical help and advice, which agricultural professions are well placed to deliver.

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Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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