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 a common mental disorder at some time in their lives, and mental disorders being the third-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders, mental health weighs heavily on us all.
Recently, the impact of mental health was recognised by the Government, and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction was launched. New Zealand is now moving forward and taking official steps towards resolving the devastating impacts of high mental illness on Kiwis.
The Inquiry sought to identify the needs of the existing mental health and addiction system in New Zealand, and develop recommendations to improve the system, setting clear goals and steps for the next five to ten years. Nearly all of the recommendations made by the Inquiry were embraced by the Government, as reflected by the 2019 Budget which invests heavily in making the recommendations a reality.
The Inquiry has provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change in the approach toward mental health and addiction in New Zealand, and now it is up the Government, DHBs, private practitioners and individual citizens to make the most of that.
At the Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand conference, happening on the 4th and 5th of December, you’ll hear directly from the panel members who guided the Inquiry, find out about the plans and concepts for transforming NZ’s mental health services, and gain ideas about how to make the most of proposed resourcing.
Discover how we can put services users and staff at the centre of planning and implement the vital changes the mental health and addiction systems in New Zealand need.
Featuring leaders from across the spectrum of mental health services, sharing their vision and plans, Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand examines how to deliver practical change in the lives of New Zealanders living with mental distress.
The conference takes place at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in Wellington.