This section is dedicated to providing news items within New Zealand and to celebrate events that have occurred. This page is interactive and is updated as events happen.
If you have a news item or a celebration that you would like us to highlight, please send your write up and pictures to Akatu Marsters on email@example.com
Do you like to keep updated with what is happening in the Mental Health & Addiction sector nationally but get annoyed going from website to website? Look no further, we have made things easier and collated up to date information from various MH&A websites to keep you informed.
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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
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/