This section is dedicated to providing news items within the Midland region, celebrate events that have occurred  and provide updates on the various regional projects that we are working on.  This page is interactive and is updated as events happen.  It will replace the Midland Matters Newsletter.

If you have a news item or a celebration that you would like us to highlight, please send your write up to Akatu Marsters on akatu.marsters "at"


Midland Perinatal & Infant Workshop held during March and April

The Midland Mental Health and Addiction Regional Network are undertaking projects to improve access to service for mothers and infants who experience mental illness during the perinatal period. The Network has already completed the first phase of the project which focused on specialist secondary mental health and addiction services; please click here for a copy of the report.

This workshop is for maternity service providers in primary care and includes primary maternal mental health as well as maternity professionals. It aims to: 

If you work in this area and are interested in attending please refer below and complete the registration form in the invite letter and return to akatu.marsters "at"

DHB Area Date Documenation
Tairawhiti 12 March Invite Letter & Agenda
Waikato 20 March Invite Letter & Agenda
Lakes 26 March Invite Letter & Agenda
Bay of Plenty 28 March Invite Letter & Agenda
Taranaki 04 April Invite Letter & Agenda



Belinda Walker - PRIMHD Descision Support Leaving Midland MH&A Team

It is with real regret that we have accepted Belinda’s resignation with her last day with the Midland Regional Network – MH&A team being 31st March, 2014.

Belinda, has been an absolute pleasure to work with you over the last three and half years. Her work ethic, integrity and sense of fair play has made her a valuable member of our small but dynamic team. I know that I speak on behalf of all of us in saying that Belinda’s leaving will leave a real gap which will be difficult to fill.

Belinda will join the Lakes DHB as an Analyst for Corporate and Mental Health & Addiction Services from the 1st of April.  Belinda has negotiated with her new employers to see the HISO project through as our Midland representatives to which I am very grateful.

We wish you all the best with your new career pathway Belinda and look forward to working with you in a different capacity.


Expression of Interest for Te Ao Whanau / Family Whanau Network

Generating Action For Families Whanau was formed in 2005 as the mandated Midland Regional Family Whanau voice and has been functioning as an information and coordinated forum since its inception. Providing a family whanau perspective on regional strategies is one of the key requirements of the group, with members being responsible for consulting widely with their specific networks to ensure that the advice and support provided accurately reflects the sector they represent.

 YES? Then we need you!!

We are now inviting nominations for this network and would be pleased if you would complete the EOI by putting yourself or another person forward to be considered. Click here for EOI criteria and application form.


Midland Supervision Scholarship - Successful Applicants

At the beginning of the year Midland MH&A offered 10 scholarships to the sector to apply to attend the Supervision Training hosted by Compass Ltd and facilitated by Michael Durrant a psychologist based in Sydney.

The feedback from the successful scholars in 2013 was very positive hence we decided to offer this scholarship to the sector in 2014.  Scholarships closed on the 14 March.

The 10 successful applicants are:

You are able to book placements direct via Compass Ltd – click here.


Midland MH&A Infant and Maternal Workshop

On the 19 July, Midland professionals with a passion for Infant and Maternal Mental Health & Addictions came together in Hamilton to workshop to identify how Healthy Beginnings is being implemented across secondary services with the Midland region, identify how we ensure that there are options to provide care that are clinically appropriate in a setting that does not require compulsory separation of mother and baby, and Identify what the current local and regional care options are.

For more information on items discussed, please click here for the agenda.


Midland MH&A Mini-Conference Evaluation Report

In August and September 2012 the Midland MH&A regional forums held their one day Mini-Conferences in Rotorua.  These conferences were open to the Mental Health & Addictions Sector to attend the following:

 The Midland MH&A team undertook at evaluation of each of the forums – please click here to view the findings of this evaluation.


Midland Regional Youth Forensics Project & Technical Steering Group

The purpose of this project is to conduct a review of the Midland Regional Youth Forensic Service and develop an Implementation Plan for sign off by the Ministry of Health.  This will ensure that available resources are allocated based on greatest need and aligns to national expectations.  Deirdre Mulligan has been appointed the Project Consultant for this piece of work.

The role of the Technical Reference Group (TRG) for the Midland Regional Youth Forensic Project – Mental Health and Addictions will provide sound strategic, clinical and sector based advice in the development of a regional “Model of Care” and proposed implementation plan for Midland Youth Forensic services.

The Midland Youth Forensics Project kick started bringing its first meeting with the Midland Youth Forensics Technical Steering group held in July.

Agenda's & Minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
10 July 2012 July Agenda July Minutes
02 August 2012 August Agenda August Minutes
18 September 2012 September Agenda September Minutes
16 October 2012 October Agenda October Minutes
20 February 2013 - CAMHS February Agenda February Minutes
25 February 2013 March Agenda March Minutes


Midland Youth Forensics Reference Group


 Midland CAMHS - February 2013