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 akatu.marsters@lakesdhb.govt.nz

 


What's New

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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National Newsletters

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Sept 2014 Issue
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 Funds For Families Campaign

We are excited to launch Funds for Families 2014 and help New Zealand families change for the better.

With your help, we want to raise $300,000 to help 300,000 young people and families this year. Your donation will enable us talk to even more teenagers about their attitudes to sex, drugs, alcohol and mental health, and it will help us give families tools they can use to build strong foundations.

By supporting The Parenting Place you will help parents with the challenges they are facing today, and that will help change the New Zealand of tomorrow.

Watch our video to learn more, click here

Key Messages

Young people
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.

Adults
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

Healthy Families NZ 

Encouraging families to live healthy lives by making good food choices, being physically active, sustaining a healthy weight, not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation, is part of the Governments approach to promoting good health. 

Healthy Families NZ (HFNZ) is a new initiative that aims to bring together the right mix of leadership, encouragement, information and resources to help people make healthier choices for themselves and their families. 

Symposium: Alcohol, Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain
Start Date:      Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Time:               9am - 5pm
Venue:             Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland
Cost:                $260 (excl GST)|$299 (incl GST)

Contacthttp://www.brainwave.org.nz/

Brainwave Trust Aotearoa is holding a one-day symposium on the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the adolescent brain. 

Dr Lindsay Squeglia, University of California, San Diego, USA, a leading researcher on the effect of alcohol and marijuana on the adolescent brain will be a key note speaker. 

She will be joined by renowned researcher Professor David Fergusson, Founder and Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study; and Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, Brainwave Trust Trustee and Trainer. 

The symposium is designed for those making policy or working with youth; in government, NGOs and iwi; working in social services, police, corrections, education, health and law. 

It will build knowledge of the latest research findings and provide the opportunity to link this knowledge to practice through a variety of workshops.  Also in Wellington on 14 August.

For the full programme and to register click here: http://www.brainwave.org.nz/what-we-do/symposia-alcohol-marijuana-and-the-adolescent-brain/

Healthy Families NZ Encouraging families to live healthy lives
Healthy Families NZ_summary 03 2014.doc
Healthy_families_nz_-_cabinet_paper_redacted_version 2014.docx 

New Zealand's inaugural Teen Parent Support Conference

Start Date:        Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Finish Date:     Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Venue:             Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland
Contact:           http://www.thrive.org.nz/teen-parent-support-conference-2014

We are very excited to announce New Zealands inaugural Teen Parent Support Conference. 

The conference aims to build knowledge, improve understanding, and expand relationships across policy makers, researchers, and service providers across teen parent support sectors. 

The Conference is committed to expanding knowledge in the area of teen pregnancy and teen parenting in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

World Congress on Juvenile Justice
Date: 26 - 30 January 2015, Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

Despite the vast diversity of judicial systems, the similar challenges arise such as detention conditions for children in conflict with the law, the respect of the rights of children in conflict with the law, the efficiency of non-custodial measures, the advantages of restorative juvenile justice, the reform of the juridical system and the effective prevention of youth offending.?

Go to website for more details click here

Ministry of Health - NGO email for April and nominate a volunteer for the Volunteer Awards!

Other Government Departments:
Office for Disability Issues: March Newsletter 
Ministry of Social Development - Community Investment Update - March
Feedback on the Ministry of Social Development's Proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme until 29 April?Statistics New Zealand - release of 2013 Census data?

Click here to link to the NGO Working Group facebook website.

 


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:


National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update April 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update February 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update January 2013