Te Hanga Whaioranga Mo Te Iwi - Building Healthy Communities
Waikato Youth Alcohol & Drug Project
The DHB was concerned youth with alcohol and other drug issues services were not getting the services they needed. Services were not well known and did not appear to be youth friendly. Resources were limited in some areas. There appeared to be barriers created by the stigma of seeking help and intergenerational substance abuse.
The Waikato Youth Alcohol and Drug project team members hosted meetings around the Waikato in June, July and August 2014 to get ideas, input and support from youth, health providers, families, youth workers as a basis for developing a new approach. The project also used an online survey to gather more information and ideas. Click here for more information.
Tapsell Honoured for Indigenous Mental Health Mahi
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has given Dr Rees Tohiteururangi Tapsell its Mark Sheldon Prize for outstanding contribution to indigenous mental health.
Dr Tapsell is Waikato District Health Board’s director of clinical services and also heads its area of mental health services.
Since gaining his post-graduate fellowship in psychiatry in 1998 he has worked alongside other Maori leaders like Sir Mason Durie to shape Maori mental health development and service delivery for over a decade and half.
He has also been an active member of the college, including serving as a councilor and the chair of its Te Kaunihera committee, which provides advice and support on issues relating to Maori.
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