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 the coming year, ProCare Health and Tū Ora Compass, as two leading providers of primary mental health services nationally, will work towards integrating their services into a single operating model – Fresh Minds New Zealand – that will effectively cater for the various needs of our diverse population in New Zealand within primary mental health care.
The aim of the aligned national service offering is to ensure our communities have ready access to high value, reliable and quality primary mental health and wellbeing services as and when they need it.
Tū Ora Compass acting CEO Justine Thorpe, says it’s about bringing together and consolidating the two PHOs’ expertise, capability and capacity in primary mental health and wellbeing to respond to the new direction in this space, heralded by the Government’s recent Wellbeing Budget.
“Given the Government’s focus on ensuring barriers to mental health and addiction services are dramatically reduced for New Zealanders, we believe the time is now to work collectively to ensure we have an effective model in place across Aotearoa to tackle mental health and addictions support in general practice,” says Ms Thorpe.
ProCare CEO Steve Boomert says ProCare Health is proud of the work it does within primary mental health to develop new models of care, so people have easier access to quality mental health support in a timely manner.
“For us, it’s about ensuring every New Zealander gets the right to live well,” says Mr Boomert.
“Together with Tū Ora Compass we are committed to ensuring the mental health needs of New Zealanders continue to be supported and integrated within our practices at a primary care level.”
For the two organisations, the partnership is an opportunity to ensure the benefits of programmes like Te Tumu Waiora and Piki reach more of those people who need the support.
Johnny O’Connell, currently GM Patient Services for ProCare has been appointed CEO of Fresh Minds New Zealand, effective immediately.