This network is accountable to the five DHBs through the Midland Regional Network (Midland Director) to provide strategic advice and support to key strategic developments at a national and regional level. This network is the mandated family whanau voice of the Midland region mental health and addictions network and are responsible for consulting widely with their specific networks to ensure that the advice and support provided accurately reflects the sector that they represent.
Membership is based on skills and expertise that members bring to the whanau sector. Membership also reflects the diverse communities that are represented in the Midland region.
Role: Chair Te Ao Whanau - Family and Whanau Advisor Mental Health Taranaki DHB
Credentials: Diploma of Teaching and B Ed. (a double major in Education and Curriculum studies) I have 4 years experience in education research which involved considerable consultation and communication.
Sector Linkages and Networks: I am a member of the Taranaki Local Advisory Group and over the last six months have been building my relationships within the DHB and NGO sector as well as developing my own advisory group as a Family and Whanau Advisor. I am also a member of the ‘National DHB Family, Whanau Advisors’ group.
Profile: I am 51 years old, live with my partner Anne and between us we have 5 adult children and 9 Grandchildren. None of our children live with us but we do share our home with Anne’s Mother who has Dementia.
I have a varied employment history starting in Civil Service Personnel Management and progressing through Bicycle Mechanic, Organic Farmer, School Teacher, Educational Researcher, Adult Education Manager and today Family and Whanau Advisor. There were also other bits and pieces along the way not worth listing here.
Skills that I Bring:
1. Personal experience of supporting a family member with mental health and/or addiction that allows you to provide a family whanau perspective preferably over a range of age groups or specialty areas.
I am qualified by experience having supported two family members and a close friend through episodes of acute mental illness. Two of these whanau used Adult Services and one MHSOP. As a teacher I also had involvement with whanau and students using CAMHS and worked with CAMHS staff.
2. Strong leadership skills with established networks into key stakeholder groups or representative nominations from the key stakeholder groups.
My work in Educational Research was about improving the achievement of Maori students in mainstream schools which involved a lot of consultation with students, whanau and teachers then trying to apply their ideas and desires in a constructive and mutually satisfying manner consistent with best practice evidence. This was a nation wide project involving a number of schools at different levels, each with an embedded facilitator driving and monitoring change unique to that school but also working together in what was effectively a managed network communicating mostly by e-mail with hui 7 to 9 times each year.
Apart from consultation and feedback I did not work directly with Maori students during this project the focus was on initiating systems and practice change within the school, evaluating the benefits (or otherwise) of those changes and communicating those outcomes to students, whanau, teachers, the Ministry of Education and at national conferences. We trialled a number of initiatives and embedded those most effective at sustaining change. During my four years on this project the school I was based at consistently raised the average academic scores of it’s new cohorts of Maori pupils from 1 year below national averages to equal or better than national averages for all students results which were considered outstanding.
3. Strong communication skills with established relationships with key stakeholder groups / networks where information can be fed to and from the network
I am reasonably academic having a Diploma of Teaching and B Ed. which equips me to understand / decipher the documents MRGAFW deals with. My most recent previous employment included managing adult education programmes including several adult literacy programmes, this has left me with an understanding and passion about how important it is that we tailor documents so that the language is accessible to lay people. Since becoming a Family and Whanau Advisor it has become very apparent to me that the MH&A sector is often writing at a level that excludes many of our people and if I want to genuinely consult the full spectrum of Family and Whanau I need to bridge that gap.
I have only been in my role for 10 months so I am still developing my relationships with stakeholder groups. I have mostly been working with SF Taranaki support group people but I am aware that this group is not truly representative of whanau who use our service, being generally retired people who have been involved with Mental Health Services for many years. I am slowly building relationships with a broader base of stakeholders, but it is frustratingly slow as whanau who are new to our service generally have more immediate priorities.
4. A good understanding of national and regional drivers
Being relatively new to a Family and Whanau Advisor role I have put a lot of effort into understanding how MH&A services work and I think I have developed a good understanding of national and regional drivers.
5. Working with Maori expertise
Some of my ancestors are Maori however I regard myself as culturally Pakeha. I have had what I believe was significant success working with Maori, firstly as a teacher where my success with disadvantaged Maori boys in particular led to me being shoulder tapped to lead the school’s work on improving Maori student achievement. When I was managing adult education almost half of our students had Maori ancestors and we achieved equitable outcomes for them.
I have never considered working with Maori to be particularly difficult or unique. Consult widely, tap into the power of whanau, show everyone the respect they are due and act with integrity.
6. Proven track record for delivering results.
I have a track record of delivering results both as the person directly producing the outcome and the person initiating and leading change. I find the role of the person initiating and leading change the most challenging as so much is out of my hands and I can’t just work longer hours until I achieve a result. Instead I had to learn to educate, motivate and then be patient. What I have found is that if you can show people a pathway to a better result they will follow it.
Email: Jim Dickinson - jim.dickinson "at" tdhb.org.nz
Role: AOD Family Whanau Advisor, Taranaki DHB
- Family and Whanau Advisor, Alcohol and Drug service
- Facilitator - FADS (Family alcohol and drug support and education group)
- Educator – Salvation Army Bridge programme: Including Family in Recovery
- MRGAFW member – Current Co-Chair
- Family Liaison for Eating Disorders – CAMHS and Adult MH
- MH&A Family member
Sector Linkages and Networks:
- Local: Taranaki MH&A Networkers Group, TLAG – Taranaki Local Advisory Group, FADS – consultation for feedback and service evaluation
- Regional: Midland Regional Network – MRGAFW
- National: National Family Advisors Network, Matua Raki Consumer Workforce Development network
- 6 years as Family Advisor for Taranaki Alcohol & Drug Service
- 5 years as Facilitator of FADS
- 5 years MRGAFW member
- 15 years supporting a loved one with mental health and addiction issues – CEP focus.
Skills that I Bring: To the role of a Te Ao Whanau member I bring an enduring passion for improving MH&A services and an understanding that the managed network approach to the Midland Regional Network will provide better opportunities for the family voice to influence sector development at a strategic level.
Through consultation with the Taranaki FADS group I am confident I represent the interests of Taranaki’s AOD families and look forward to bringing their voice to discussions at a regional level.
My connection with the National Family Advisors Network provides seamless information sharing between regional and national strategies, enabling a stronger, better coordinated approach.
My years as AOD Family and Whanau Advisor have given me experience in reviewing and providing feedback into local, regional and national MH&A documents and projects. I enjoy working as part of the MRGAFW team to provide expert family advice to the Midland Regional Director, informing decisions regarding MH&A sector development and improvement from a family perspective.
Although I work in a mainstream service I am sensitive to the unique needs of Maori within MH&A and strive to improve services for whanau wherever possible, encouraging an holistic, whanau inclusive approach and recognising the importance of identifying the specific cultural needs of each individual whanau. I value opportunities to consult with my Maori colleagues and seek cultural advice to improve my practice at every opportunity.
I bring with me the support and confidence of my Team Leader, management and team and look forward to the challenges ahead.
I also bring my Q.B.E. (Qualified by Experience ?) as a family member of an adult daughter with mental health and addiction problems.
Email: Sue Philipson - Susan.philipson "at" tdhb.org.nz
Role: Director of Rostrevor House Inc, Hamilton
David Foreman Excellence and Business Performance Management: Te Wananga O Aotearoa (Small business Maori Management)
- Live Experiences
Sector Linkages and Networks:
- Eight years Family Representative to the Local Advisory Group (LAG), Facilitator Waikato Family Provider Group (WFPGrp), Original Clinical Governance Group member to support Waikato DHB, Child and Youth and Addictions Services covering North and South regions (South Waikato & Hauraki regions),( Southern & Northern Waikato CAMHS cluster).
- Provided input into revised services specs (A national project).
Ko Te Arawa te Waka
Ko Tongariro te Maunga
Ko Tuwharetoa te Iwi
Ko Kauriki te Marae
Ko Ann Grennell toku ingoa
I have worked in the NGO sector for 24 years under contracts for corrections (working for inmates in prison and their families), health (working in support of families with children diagnosed with child mental health conditions e.g. ADHD, ADD, ODD), and CY&F (working with families of children with challenging behaviours, CD). Of those 24 years I have fulfilled the roles of fieldworker and whanau worker(specifically working in support of & alongside Maori Whanau). For the past 17 years I have been in a Management role for Rostrevor House Inc – (Providing specialist support services to children, adult and families having a range of diagnosed undiagnosed mental health conditions).
Managed change from the MRHA through to DHB. Successful negotiations for funding increases and bid for ‘cluster’ place in both regions for the Waikato Cluster.
Career History: Whilst working for Rostrevor House professional achievements are growth and development of Rostrevor House Inc from one part time staff (15 hours) to 11 staff (Main office in Hamilton, two branch offices in Tokoroa and Hauraki). Developed and completed NMHSS and also developed and achieved a Maori Health Plan (MHP). I have achieved standard requirement to meet the DHB audit, Policy and procedures required to meet the CY&F Audit (16 standards of approval leading on to successful negotiations with (MSD) Strengthening Families contract for service delivery and training contracts. Also held a seat on Local Management Service Group, was original member to lead out costings around payments for services and roles for S/F e.g. Lead Agency Co-ordinator roles.
Skills that I Bring: My earlier years of life were one of immediate family members being incarcerated at a very early age for several years on and off (this continues). Another alcohol and drug abuse residential programme, (with varying levels of dependency still today) and having a mental illness still being managed through medication, therefore I believe I can provide personal insight support for the evaluation criteria, particularly around Maori COPMI, addictions child adolescent and / or youth.
I would definitely consider that I have strong leadership skills through my work history and in particular my successful application for a scholarship to attend the (IIMHL) International Initiative Mental Health Leadership application (10 only throughout NZ, this I achieved twice) thereby representing NZ family work on an international and global scale.
Growth and development of Rostrevor House Inc from one part time staff (15 hours) to 11 full time staff (Main office in Hamilton, two branch offices in Tokoroa and Hauraki) (mix of SW/MH workers, Child/Adult consultant psychiatrist) - Family social workers attached to clinical staff members.
I believe I can provide a balanced perspective required in influencing change, promoting discussion for the betterment of families, I know I possess this quality and skill. I also understand the politics of the health environment, from funding and planning through to service delivery and am undaunted and confident in my challenges at all levels.
I was happy to put my name forward as a member for Ao Whanau and have had my application endorsed by the Waikato Provider Family Group.
Email: Ann Grennell - ann.rostrevorhouse "at" xtra.co.nz
Role: Supporting Families Rotorua & Lakes DHB Family Advisor
- National and International Health Auditor - RABQSA International
- Human Rights Taku Manawa Facilitation - Human Rights Commission
- Graduate Diploma in Not For Profit Management
- Family Connections Leader
- National Certificate in Social Service Work Level 6
- National Certificate in Suicide Intervention Level 6
- ASIST Trained - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
- NZQA - Strategic Planning
- NZIM-Advanced Interviewing Skills - Generic Seminar Facilitation Skills
Sector Linkages and Networks:
- Rotorua MH and Addictions Providers Forum
- SFNZ, Supporting Families in Mental Illness NZ
- Supporting families in Mental Illness Whanau support groups
- Families of Lakes DHB Consumers Advisory Group (FLAG)
01/2012–Current SFNZ National Council Administrator (temp Contract)
2007 –Current Family Advisor, to Lakes DHB Mental Health Services Rotorua and Southern Lakes DHB Regions
2003 – Current Branch Manager, Supporting Families in Mental Illness Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi, Mangakino Regions
Skills that I Bring: In my past and current position as a member of MRGAF, I have attended 100% and proactively participated in the quarterly face to face meetings. My passion and drive for the work of this group has grown significantly as the structure has been redefined by Regional Director.
I consult with a specific group of family, whanau stakeholders (FLAG) and the SFNZ network of 19 branches, prior to MRGAF meetings, ensuring I speak with `the family voice’.
My personal experience as a child carer of an unmarried mother with serious mental health and addictions drives my passion to ensure that family, whanau are recognized as the most important agent of influence for recovery.
During May 2012, I summoned the strength to speak to CLAS - The Confidential Listening and Assistance Service about my experience as a child who was abused and neglected for many years as a State Ward in child welfare care.
This was my way of advocating on behalf of Mothers and children who were (and continue to be) separated and poorly treated by the state, purely because Mum has a mental illness or addiction.
Email: Frances Porter - sf.rotorua "at" xtra.co.nz
Tena Koutou katoa
Ko Tau Korea Moeke toku ingoa
Ko Operu me Kahuitara nga Maunga
Ko Reporua me Makatote nga Awa
Ko Ngati Rangi me Te Aitanga a Mate nga Hapu
Ko Ngati Uepohatu me Ngati Porou nga Iwi
I was educated in the East Coast and Gisborne District. I worked in the Meat Industry for 26 years and then up skilled at Waikato University.
My role as kaumatua with Te Ap Whanau is to assist, to contribute and educate those members with the conditions of tikanga, kawa and Te Reo in their practices. By ensuring that these practices are adhered to by all and for all concerned will help those in the network to deliver effective services.
As my immediate family are most paramount in my life my emphasis will be to make an effort to identify and embrace new ways and processes to ensure that the whanau will be the centre of all considerations.
No reira e nga iwi e nga mana e nga reo. Noho ora mai kouotu i roto i o koutou Kainga Oranga. Kia tae mai te wa ka tutaki ai tatou.
Role: Cultural Assessor, Tairawhiti DHB
Credentials: Bachelor Matauranga Maori, Post graduate Diploma Maori Studies, Post Graduate Diploma Maori and Management, Diploma Suicide Intervention and Prevention, Educator Maori Suicide and Intervention, Education Clinical Processes of Death and Dying
Sector Linkages and Networks: Community Mental Health and Addictions, Acute Mental health and Addictions, Supporting Families Tairawhiti, Te Kupenga Net Trust, Ngati Porou Hauora, Turanga Health, Koroua and Kuia Local, Marae Groups, Whanau whanui, Maori Qualifications Whakaruruhau Chair (National), MR GAFW and MR Worforce Advisory Group.
Kia ora tatou
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Uepohatu te Ariki Tapaeru
Ko Uepohatu te Iwi
Ko Maui te tipuna
Ko Maui te Atua
Ko Porourangi te tangata
Ko Nga Tini o Porou - Ngati Porou whanau whanui te iwi te rohe
I am first and foremost wahine Maori, a wife, mum and grandmother. However in my other life I am a cultural assessor for the Cultural Assessment Team Community Mental Health and Addictions Tairawhiti District Health Board. It is a privilege and pleasure to work for the only integrated cultural and mainstream team in Mental Health in Aotearoa that works alongside of the Psychiatric Assessment Team for all crisis and acute intervention 24/7, where kaupapa Maori intervention is valued, respected and acted on at first point of contact and assessment. I have been in this role for nearly four years. Previously I worked for Hauora Maori in General Medicine as the Kaiatawhai – Advocate for Maori inpatients at TDH. I have also worked with the Bereavement Care Team (Mortality Management Specialists) Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Skills that I Bring: A definite Maori lens in terms of working with family and whanau. I have extensive experience working at a national and regional level for Maori centred initiatives. I believe in and promote the health and well being of Maori and whanau and that the essence of Maori is found in our culture and the tohu that have been left by tipuna.
I have management skills, the ability to view issues through a wide lens, I have extensive front line working knowledge of acute un-wellness for Tangata Whaiora and understand the absolute importance for the involvement of whanau whakapapa or whanau kaupapa as part of healing.
Email: Hine Moeke Murray - hine.moeke-murray "at" tdh.org.nz
Role: Fieldworker for Children of a Parent who is Experiencing a Mental Illness (C.O.P.M.I.), Bay of Plenty
Credentials: Mental Health Support Work Cert; Maori Concepts of Wellbeing; Management & Timeline training specific for setting up a COPMI group; Exploring Lives of Young People & Mental Illness; Working with Families/Whanau- essential skills; Communication for Leaders; Effective Communication Skills; Strengths Based Training.
Lived experience – C.O.P.M.I.; Adult Carer (current); Family Advisory- DHB policies, recruitment, staff training.
Sector Linkages and Networks: Bay of Plenty Consumer Advisory Group, Midland He Tipuana Nga Kakano; National Consumer Groups; West Coast-C.O.P.M.I; Canterbury-C.O.P.M.I., Whakatane-C.O.P.M.I; Wellington-C.O.P.M.I. COPMI Networks – ongoing development sharing learning and developing consistent tools to reduce reinventing and National Association Mental Health Service User Consumer Advisors (NAMSCA)
Profile: In 2004 I was invited to present my personal story of C.O.P.M.I. at a mental health conference in Whanganui; 2005, member of advisory group as family member for Whanganui DHB; involved with development of Te Tahuhu (family member on Wanganui LAG advocating for COPMI inclusion in Te Tahuhu); 2006-07 Developed C.O.P.M.I. support group & advisory group (first in the country so had to learn from scratch), developed network of stakeholders in regards to C.O.P.M.I.; 2010-12 Lead Consumer Advisor BOP DHB; C.O.P.M.I. Fieldworker (current).
I was a member of the policy review committee for families, leadership in advocacy in gaps – developing “kids group” in Wanganui which was based on international and Australian experience (first in the country) – getting buy in from DHB, fund raising with Rotary, building networks and alliances, Skylight and Kites support, developing workforce package with Kina – breaking new ground first time ever done in the country. Developed strong communication skills due to the number and variety of people that were involved. I took a leadership role and had to make decisions to ensure the success of the programme.
Skills that I Bring: I am aware of current MOH strategies & plans, and how this drives the Midland region, and rolls out to the local mental health and addictions workforce. I have good communication skills and proven experience in developing working relationships with key stakeholders (ongoing), district, regional, national and international.
My past experience of service development and improvement will compliment this new service for our region (COPMI development; Lead Consumer Advisor, Smokefree inpatient units, Seclusion & Restraint reduction). I envisage ongoing improvements in how we engage with youth (media, technology etc). Involving COPMI youth in developing COPMI service.
I have good support from my organisation and will establish processes locally where information is consulted and passed on to families.
Email: Kathleen Wright - kathleen "at" mentalhealthtrust.co.nz
Role: Bay of Plenty Portfolio Manager
Lesley is from Whakatane and has an extensive background in mental health social work both in the UK and New Zealand. She has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a Masters in Social Work involving research on the experiences of Bay of Plenty mothers with mental illness and/or addiction issues.
She is most proud of her work alongside consumers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to establish consumer-led services and has a personal and professional interest in maternal mental health and family/Whanau inclusive approaches within the mental health & addiction field.
Te Ao Whanau is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team:
Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland Region Director
Akatu Marsters - Midland Senior Administrator
Belinda Walker - Midland PRIMHD Decision Support