“Significant investment” in mental health workforce needed now, says Inquiry report

No quick-fix solutions to the mental health workforce crisis are offered in the Mental Health Inquiry report. Health Central looks at the Inquiry workforce findings and the sector’s response.

Psychotherapists & Counsellors speak out over Ministry’s Inquiry advisory group

The psychotherapists and counsellor associations’ have joined others in expressing concern at the ‘medical model’ domination of the Ministry of Health’s advisory group on the Mental Health Inquiry report.

Government will respond to mental health report in March

Health Minister David Clark has defended the Government's decision to wait until March before formally responding to the recommendations in a wide-ranging review of New Zealand's mental health and addiction services.

Inquiry’s alcohol and drug ‘bolder approaches’ welcomed by experts

The Inquiry report’s ‘bolder approaches’ to controlling alcohol and health-based approach to drug addiction are being welcomed by experts but the call to decriminalise personal drugs has received a more mixed response.

Mental Health inquiry report recommends big-picture change to better serve missing middle

Setting a new target of delivering mental health and addiction services to more like 20% rather than current 3% of the population is one of 40 wide ranging recommendations made in the just released the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry report.

Time needed to ‘digest’ 200-page Mental Health Inquiry report

Health Minister David Clark says it will take more than one Budget to address all the issues and recommendations in the 200-page Mental Health and Inquiry report handed over to him today.

When anxiety starts to interfere with a child’s life

Developing long-term strategies to help children approach – rather than avoid – situations which might spark anxiety is key to preventing anxiety disorders having a negative impact on their lifelong mental health. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson

First phase of Middlemore adult mental health facility opens with 38-bed high-dependency unit

Health Minister Dr David Clark said the new facility increased badly needed capacity for acute inpatient mental health treatment in Counties Manukau.

Youth mental health service wait times unacceptable

The Counsellors Association is calling for an end to the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ approach and a greater focus on early therapeutic intervention instead.

New resource supports teaching school students about mental health

A new resource has been welcomed by those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills and wellbeing.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.


Sponsored: Volunteers tackle diabetes in Papua New Guinea

Working with local health providers, Volunteer Service Abroad is tackling diabetes in Papua New Guinea.