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People with lived experience of mental health challenges and receiving mental health services attended a one day hui in Auckland to share their thoughts of being under the mental health act and of acute mental health care. The hui encouraged shared discussions with key reflections, aspirations and insights.
The core themes identified by the participants of being under the mental health act, included not understanding the compulsory assessment and treatment process, and experiencing the converse to mental health professional advice on what was going to occur under the act. Some viewed the act as a bargaining tool to get out of the mental health unit quicker, others viewed the act as providing a false sense of security for access to medication with significant implications to livelihoods after being in acute care, with examples of overt discrimination. Lastly, the struggle to being released from the mental health act.
The core themes identified of acute mental health unit care included the recognition that admissions to hental health units usually occurred under the mental health act, also that acute care was provided in locked up and fenced in properties. The determination and motivation of treatment provided in units was mental health professional led. That the demand on acute beds nationally is in crisis with issues concerning the lack of an acute model of care which is contributing to early discharges of people, their placement in other areas because they continue to need support. Two overwhelming issues for participants was the lack of choice for acute mental health care, and the processes conducted with seeking consumer input into the build of new units where there is little will to change to consumer and whanau centred processes.
Participants identified three solutions to improve the effectiveness of mental health services to Maori, these included more Maori strategies to overcome challenges, with better access to Maori cultural approaches, and meaningful activities and programmes to foster connections to being Maori. A stronger Maori consumer voice and a centralised data base system, with recommendations for further action.
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Maori mental health nurses have an important role in shaping the way health and social services respond to people with experience of mental health and/or addiction issues (Ministry of Health, 2012), as well as in supporting Maori whanau to achieve whanau ora (Te Puni Kokiri, 2013). With solutions to M?ori wellbeing able to be found within Maori models, Maori whanau and the Maori workforce (Turia, cited in Baker,
2010), increasing the numbers of Maori health professionals is a recognised strategy by which to improve access to both health services, and holistic care models (Ratima, Brown, Garrett, Wikaire, Ngawati, Aspin, & Potaka, 2007). Maori mental health nurses are an indigenous response to effectively meeting the mental health and/or addiction needs of tangata whaiora and their whanau.
Despite it being widely recognised that a capable and competent Maori health workforce is central to improving health outcomes for Maori, little attention has been paid to the development of indigenous health practitioners as specialists in their own right (Baker & Levy, 2013). The complementary interface between indigenous and western knowledge bases is at the centre of unique and distinctive indigenous health practice, however support required for this interface to be fully explored and developed is yet to occur across health disciplines, includingnursing (Baker & Levy, 2013). As Maori mental health nurses it is critical that we continue to lead and develop our own mental health and addiction models of care, solutions and strategies.
As Aotearoa is challenged to increase and retain the Maori nursing workforce, various strategies seek to build on our successes to date in order to realise a highly valued Maori nursing workforce (Te Rau Matatini, 2009). It is through the message "Every whanau should have a Maori Nurse" that we aim to increase access for all whanau to Maori nurses, and to assist whanau, hapu and iwi to increase the capacity and capability of Maori mental health nurses to work across the health and disability sector.
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Why this is called the ‘State of Care’ report. Care has many meanings. Children in the formal custody of the State are “in care.” This report is partly about the state of the care and services they receive. Care also has a more general meaning: to protect someone and provide for their needs. This report is also about how well the State cares for all vulnerable children in this more general sense.
CYF plays a lead role in delivering both of these functions.
CYF works with some of the most vulnerable children in New Zealand. We can all do more for these children. In 2013 we refreshed our framework for monitoring CYF. We decided to produce an annual public report to increase the transparency of our work and raise the profile of these children. I am delighted to be able to share it with you now.
While we were writing this report, the Minister of Social Development appointed the Modernising CYF Expert Panel (referred to throughout this report as the Expert Panel) to develop a business case for the modernisation of CYF. I welcome this review as an opportunity to get to the heart of the issues facing our care and protection system and identify ways to improve the system and achieve better outcomes. Because of my office’s legislative mandate and resources, we are limited in what we can monitor and the scope of recommendations we can make. I hope this report provides useful input for the Expert Panel’s more detailed review of CYF.
As you read through this report I would like you to remember what it was like to be a child; time moves slowly, any little changes in your routine are unsettling, and your family is central to your world. Then try to imagine what life is like for the thousands of New Zealand children who suffer abuse and neglect, or are removed from their family and placed into state care each year. Life for them has already been chaotic and confusing – they may have been harmed or mistreated, have severe behavioural issues, or have committed a criminal offence.
Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi - this whakatauki urges us to let the uniqueness of the child guide our work. With this in mind, this report makes some challenging statements about the care and services these children receive, primarily from CYF, but also from other agencies.
These are not new issues. CYF has been trying to address many shortcomings, and in some areas it is making progress. It is responding positively to our new monitoring reports and recommendations, and working on improvements as a result. This willingness to take feedback on board is welcome and appreciated, and will be necessary to allow CYF to shift from where it is now to where it needs to be.
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A thematic analysis, based on responses from over 260 research and monitoring reports, was undertaken to better understand the development of whanau-centred approaches and how these led to wh?nau gains.
The analysis identified five overlapping themes essential to the implementation of a whanau-centred approach. All themes are anchored in te ao Maori (the Maori world) with practices shaped by whanaungatanga (relationship, kinship) as a tool for connecting and building wh?nau strengths. The five themes are:
- Effective relationships – establishing relationships that benefit whanau
- Wh?nau rangatiratanga (leadership, autonomy) – building whanau capability to support whanau self-management, independence and autonomy
- Capable workforce – growing a culturally competent and technically skilled workforce able to adopt a holistic approach to supporting whanau aspirations
- Wh?nau-centred services and programmes – whanau needs and aspirations at the centre with services that are integrated and accessible
- Supportive environments – funding, contracting and policy arrangements, as well as effective leadership from government and iwi to support whanau aspirations.
Collectives adopted several strategies to address these themes. Their actions were effective in generating high levels of trust among whanau, whanau engagement with providers, motivation, a positive attitude, cultural and whanau connectedness, new skills and tools, greater awareness of resources and access to services, and participation in relevant courses. These initial impacts paved the way for further gains, and were seen even among whanau in crisis. Click here to read the full report otherwise, click here for the Whanau Ora Workforce Development Summary.
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Social services play a vital role in the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Commission was pleased – and somewhat daunted – to be asked to carry out this inquiry. It was clear from the outset that success would depend on the support of the many people and organisations, both outside and within government, with deep knowledge and experience in the design and delivery of social services. I am very happy to report that we received that support.
The Commission received 246 submissions and held more than 200 meetings with participants. People were very generous with their time and expertise, contributing enormously to our understanding of the issues and to our recommendations. I would like thank all those who made these valuable contributions, and sincerely hope this report does them justice. Click here to read the full report.
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The chair of the North Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency commented today on the Productivity Commission’s report on more effective social services.
“The report clearly demonstrates the value and efficacy of Wh?nau Ora and our commissioning for outcomes approach", said Merepeka Raukawa-Tait.
Te Pou Matakana (TPM) was launched in July 2014 as part of the government’s decision to move the funding and funding decisions for Wh?nau Ora closer to the community.
“Wh?nau are at the centre of everything we do. We work with wh?nau and providers to identify wh?nau needs and co-design services to meet those needs", said Ms Raukawa-Tait. Click here to read more.
Adolescents and Depression
SPARX is a self-help internet-based E-therapy programme, developed for young people who may be experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety
For those of you who may not be aware, this interactive website named SPARX (ref attached) was launched during April 2014 and has been developed for youth exhibiting symptoms of depression. It has been funded by the MoH, developed by experts in the field from the University of Auckland as is part of the Prime Minister's youth mental health work stream.
Be the Change. Lead the way. Embrace diversity and difference. Small actions can make big changes in world. Support your mates and their changes. Grow, challenge yourself, try something different. Create a movement of change.
Champion young people, acknowledge what they contribute. Be supportive of young people’s passion and enthusiasm; give them the tools to take action. Be a positive role model for young people. Embrace diversity. Celebrate young people’s successes. Be part of a movement of change.
Quotes for 'Be the Change':
“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
Creating Transformative Change Workshop - November 2015
This three day workshop enables practitioners from diverse backgrounds and agencies to explore change processes when working with individuals, groups and families. It draws on strengths-based and community development approaches and provides opportunities for participants to learn new knowledge and skills in working with complex situations alongside clients who are facing challenges in their daily lives including family issues such as parenting, and working with children and young people, mental health issues, drug and alcohol, grief and loss. It is an experiential course and gives practitioners many opportunities for reflecting on their practice and learning new skills for working with clients and for implementing these ideas into their agency.
The workshops have been running for several years now and they are targeted at practitioners from NGOs and statutory agencies who are interested in advancing their practice and seeking new ways to work with individuals and groups. It has a broad focus on strengths and community development approaches and enables participants to develop their skills in working with individuals and groups. In the past we have had participants from health, mental health, welfare, disability, education and a wide range of practitioners including social and community workers, counsellors, support workers, youth workers, managers, teachers, policy makers and funders. A major focus is on building collaborative practice and being able to work across agencies and disciplines. We always receive excellent feedback from participants who take their skills back to their agencies. Many comment on the relationships they build with other participants that are often maintained when they return to their workplaces.
The facilitators are highly experienced practitioners and the workshop is held on site at Te Aroha Noa, Palmerston North, so that participants are able to observe the implementation of the change strategies presented in the workshop.
This workshop can be counted as continuing professional education and participants receive a certificate to confirm their participation in this workshop. If you would like more information on the content of the course please contact: Robyn Munford on r.mundford "at" massey.ac.nz or Bruce Maden on bruce.maden "at" infogen.net.nz.
For more information about registration pleaes contact Sheryl Kirkiri on s.kirikiri "at" massey.ac.nz. If you are interested in research on families and young people see also our website www.youthsay.co.nz Please click here for the Tranformative Change Brochure and here for the Working With Families flyer.
National Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Conference - 02 - 04 October at Ratana Pa
He Tirohanga Whakamua is a weekend conference inviting rangatahi from around the motu to Ratana Pa, to develop an indigenous based Suicide prevention toolkit and prevention strategy for rangatahi by rangatahi.
This initiative was a direct response to the call by the Honorable Minister of Maori Affairs Te Ururoa Flavell at the Turamarama ki te Ora conference held in Rotorua earlier this year. Mr Flavell urged participants at the conference to guide how current Government suicide prevention funding for Maori could be better placed.
From that conference, rangatahi presenters at the conference, Mauriora Tawaroa-Takiari (Whanganui / Ngati Maniapoto/Nga Puhi) and Rongomaitawhiri Ah-Ching (Whanganui / Ngati Maniapoto /Samoa) sent out a message to key members of the conference, initiating the idea of holding a national rangatahi for rangatahi conference.
This initiative has been planned for the 2/3/4 October 2015, at Ratana Pa, Whanganui - please click here for programme and flyer.
Healthy Adolescent Development. A Day with Sue Bagshaw
Thursday 19th November
Dr Sue Bagshaw is a legend in the field of youth health. This seminar will be of interest to professionals working with youth. It will be a practical, skill-based seminar and a wonderful opportunity to learn from a very special practitioner. The sessions will cover key skills and attitudes needed to be a youth-friendly professional, a youth development model of care, growing up in today's world, youth sexual health, drug and alcohol issues, and mental health issues. Click here for more information.
Mauri Ora: Realising Maori Potential. with Professor Sir Mason Durie
Thursday 26th November
This seminar will focus on attitudinal shifts by the incorporation of Maori values and Maori world views into education, health, and social services. It will help professionals understand more fully the issues that need to be addressed and what is actually happening in this area. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of Maori values and how these can be incorporated into professional practices in order to develop the potential of Maori. Click here for more information.
Restorative Conference Facilitation Skills
A 3 Day Workshop with Margaret Thorsborne - June 2016
2015 workshops are already full. We are currently taking registrations for 2016 - final dates will be confirmed later this year. This workshop will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn the skills of being a restorative conference facilitator. At the end of the 3-Day intensive workshop, participants will be able to confidently lead a restorative conference. Places are very limited, make sure you don't miss out. Click here for more information.
NGO Newletter - September Edition
NGO Council elections soon; lots of information from the Ministry; and an opportunity to do some study - you know you want to! Click on this link to get to the update http://ngo.health.govt.nz/news-updates/ngo-desk-updates
The September edition will highlight the following areas:
From the Ministry of Health's Library - Grey Matter
* Ministry of Health media releases
* New Ministry of Health publications
* Other government health and disability websites
* My DHB
NGO Council information
* Vacancies on the NGO Council
Ministry of Health information
* Nominations sought for National Kaitiaki Group
* New Zealand ShakeOut update
* National Health IT Board August 2015 newsletter
* August 2015 Disability Support Services newsletter
* Medsafe - Prescriber Update
* Ministry of Health website: http://www.health.govt.nz/home
Other government agencies
* Productivity Commission - More effective social services report available: September 2015
* Central Region Stroke Network - Seeking a Consumer Rep
* Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit - Superu
* Office for Disability Issues Newsletter - September 2015
* Mental Health Foundation - handbook now available
* Places to find NGO information
Training, education, resources and conferences
* Unitec: Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Not for Profit Management & Leadership
* Diabetes New Zealand 2015 Conference and AGM
* Asthma Foundation Respiratory Conference
* Volunteering New Zealand Conference - 'e tu'
* Events included in previous updates
* Mental Health Awareness Week, 5-11 October.
* Kai time keeps Kiwis connected - Statistics NZ
New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan
The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years. It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies. The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012. Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016. (Click here to view the Action Plan)
The Action Plan includes actions designed to:
- address the impact of suicide on families, whanau and communities by strengthening support for family, whanau and communities
- build the evidence base, specifically around what works for Maori and Pasifika
- extend existing services, specifically addressing geographical gaps in the coverage of services
- strengthen suicide prevention targeted to high risk populations who are in contact with agencies.
National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2014
Shereen Moloney has been appointed as the new National Coordinator. She will be based in Auckland and will start on 3 June. I will become a member of the Cooperative and hope to keep in contact – it has been such a pleasure working with you all.
To facilitate collaboration between DHBs around implementing the NZ Framework for Dementia Care, we have published a summary of responses from DHBs. Thank you to Matthew Croucher for preparing this first summary: http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/47226/responses-from-dhbs-to-nz-framework-for-dementia/?tab=4891§ion=19790
Alzheimers NZ launched their Strategic Framework, encompassing these goals: a dementia friendly New Zealand, good brain health, early recognition and assessment, living well with dementia, and high quality services. Find the full Framework here http://www.alzheimers.org.nz/information/latest-news/340-framework
The Listener published an excellent article about dementia, Not fade away, by Mark Broatch, in the 1st May issue, featuring Dr Chris Perkins. The article explains recent research in an understandable way and thereby helps raise awareness.
The World Dementia Council met for the first time in London last week to stimulate development of treatments and care for people with dementia. The Council members were appointed by the UK Government to support the World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings, CBE. Click on this link to watch his address at the 29th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) recently.
National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2014
You are invited to help develop information resources to meet the needs of people with dementia, their family/whan?u, and health professionals in New Zealand. For more information and to register your interest, go here.
The Coordinator position will be advertised this week. Keep an eye on SEEK if you are interested, the position description is on our website now. I am moving, and will be looking for another challenge in my new hometown.
The NDC Steering Group has been working behind the scenes to set the direction for this year – see our Action Plan 2014.
Be impressed by what the NDC got up to last year and check out the Annual Report 2013. Thanks to everyone who played a part!
To maintain our collaborative nature, we decided against becoming a separate legal entity. We now have an agreement with Alzheimers NZ, whereby – in addition to close collaboration on mutual goals - Alzheimers NZ provides us with a legal structure, enabling us to enter into legal contracts such as an employment agreement. During our first two years this role was provided by Waitemata DHB. We would like to thank everyone there for nurturing us through our infancy!
The NZ Carers’ Strategy Action Plan for 2014 to 2018 was launched in February. Go here to find it on our website.
National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2013
- SHARING EVIDENCE – SUPPORTING ACTION. NDC Knowledge Exchange forum 2013. Join us in sharing stories of implementation and innovation with a focus on NZ Dementia Care Pathways and person-centred care. Auckland, 21 and 22 November 2013. A flier is on our website http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/39423/sharing-evidence-supporting-action-ndc-knowledge/?tab=4892§ion=19790
- The first meeting of the NDC Christchurch Network is planned for 30 May 2013. The Network is for everyone in the region who is keen to work together to improve dementia care. If you are interested in a network in your area, contact Marja. See how the Wellington network works here http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/section/22948/network-action-group/?tab=5428
- Dementia-friendly design in residential care: we are interested in developing a position statement.
- The steering group is keen to establish closer relationships with key organisations, and will be looking for liaison people.
- A “Pledge” or declaration for action on dementia, which was started by the advocacy group, is also on the steering group’s agenda.
National Dementia Cooperative Update April 2013
Planning is underway for our Dementia Knowledge Exchange forum on 21 and 22 November 2013 in Auckland – NOTE that the dates have changed. We will focus on evidence and action, with emphasis on good-news stories about implementation of the NZ Dementia Care Pathway Framework, and examples of person-centred care. If you have any stories from your area, or know a suitable speaker, please let me know. Anyone interested in sponsoring any aspect of this forum, please contact me.
The NZ Dementia Care Pathway Framework is due for release soon; the Ministry of Health is currently incorporating feedback received on the draft.
As part of the Qualifications Review, Careerforce is setting up Advisory Networks. Applications are open, go to their website for more information and to apply http://www.careerforce.org.nz/Workplace-Health-and-Disability-Training-get-involved.html
A Global Dementia Charter has been launched by Alzheimers Disease International and Bupa; find it on our website http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/39231/global-dementia-charter/?tab=4891§ion=19790
The first meeting of the NDC Christchurch Network is planned for 30 May 2013. The Network is for everyone in the region who is keen to work together to improve dementia care.
National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2013
The draft NZ Dementia Care Pathway Framework is now available for comment. Go to http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/38506/final-draft-of-the-nz-national-dementia-care/?tab=5328§ion=19790 We would like to acknowledge the work of the Dementia Care Pathways Action Group that as part of the DCP Sector Advisory Group worked closely with the Ministry of Health to develop this excellent draft.
We will hold a Dementia Knowledge Exchange meeting on 25 + 26 November 2013 in Auckland – save these dates! Offers of help always welcome.
The Research Action Group worked with Te Pou to develop a knowledge exchange plan for dementia in NZ. Find the full report here http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/38004/knowledge-exchange-plan-for-dementia-in-new/?tab=4891§ion=19790
The Wellington Dementia Community Network is up and running, meeting every two months. If you are interested in a similar network in your area. You can read the terms of reference of the Wellington network here http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/37930/terms-of-reference-greater-wellington-region/?contentType=1772&tab=5428§ion=22948
National Dementia Cooperative Update February 2013
The revised NDC vision, principles and goals, and priorities for 2013 were finalised at last week’s steering group meeting. You can find these on the welcome page on our website http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/section/19790/national-dementia-cooperative/ Thanks to all of you who sent comments.
The NDC website has been improved and should be more informative now. Feedback is always welcome! There is a PowerPoint presentation with many commonly asked questions about the cooperative and answers. This may also be used when presenting about the NDC. I will keep it up to date, so check the website to make sure you have the most recent version http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/37931/frequently-asked-questions-powerpoint/?tab=4890§ion=19790
Now that Kate Rogoz, Oceania, has resigned from the Steering Group, we have a vacancy. While the Group is responsible for selecting a replacement, we welcome suggestions. Check the current Steering Group members here http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/section/19790/national-dementia-cooperative/?tab=5039
The second phase of the Alzheimers NZ National Dementia Awareness Campaign is running until June, with advertising on Prime, in NEXT, Woman’s Weekly, and North & South. You can support the campaign by signing the petition, or placing posters in your facilities, for example. The campaign resources can be downloaded from the wecanhelp website http://www.wecanhelp.org.nz/page.php?12.1
One more reminder of the caregivers’ survey, a partnership of Carers NZ and the University of Auckland. Please encourage any carers you know to complete the survey, so their experiences will be included. More information on our website http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/37048/state-of-caregiving-study/?tab=4892§ion=19790
National Dementia Cooperative Update January 2013
We invite you to comment on the newly drafted NDC vision, principles and goals, and the proposed key actions for 2013. One of the statements previously under principles seemed actually to express a vision, but there may be better ways to explain what we are about. Send your comments by 29 January so they can be considered at the February steering group meeting. The draft document for consultation is on the NDCwebsite http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/37337/draft-revised-ndc-vision-principles-goals/?tab=4890§ion=19790 You can still find the old version on the home-page of the website.
Caregivers are invited to participate in an online survey, a partnership of Carers NZ and the University of Auckland. Please encourage any carers you know to complete the survey, so their experiences will be included. Details can be access on our website at http://ndc.hiirc.org.nz/page/37048/state-of-caregiving-study/?tab=4892§ion=19790
The second phase of the Alzheimers NZ National Dementia Awareness Campaign will run from February to June with TV and magazine advertising. There are many ways you can support the campaign, for example, by placing posters in your facilities, and signing the petition. The campaign resources can be downloaded from the wecanhelp website http://www.wecanhelp.org.nz/page.php?12.1
The Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network now has a Dementia Knowledge Translation Learning Centre with resources and links to help dementia researchers with knowledge translation http://dementiakt.ca/