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"


Introduction to Infant Mental Health - The First Years Workshops

During the months of November / December the Introduction to Infant Mental Health - The First Years workshops were held within the 5 Midland DHBs area. 

With a huge interest from the sector this workshop was open to Infant and child health workers, LMCs, Paediatric health professionals, WellChild workers, Primary Health practitioners, and ICAMHS health professionals working with infants and young children and their families.

This was the first workshop of three series with the next two workshop being held during March, May and June 2015 - for more information click here.



Midland New Codes Workshops (HISO)

The Midland Mental Health and Addiction team organised and ran 12 workshops in Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Taranaki, Tairawhiti and Waikato DHB areas in June/July.  The purpose of these workshops was to apprise providers with the new and retired code changes that came into effect on 1 July 2014 to appropriately capture data on the services offered to our tangata whaiora - please click here for the PRIMHD report.

Please click here if you would like a copy of the presentation and click here for access to important PRIMHD information from Ministry of Health website.

For further enquries, please feel free to contact Ashley Bajaj, Midland Decision support at ashley.bajaj "at"


Midland Trauma Informed Care Workshops

During the month of June and July workshops have been run across the five DHB areas in the Midland region with up to 35 people in attendance at each of the workshops facilitated by Anna Elders.  An evaluation report will be made available shortly.

Aims and Outcomes

To provide a one-day workshop to enhance the theoretical understanding and practice of attendees in order to identify current traumatising practices and the essentials for providing trauma-informed care within mental health and addiction services.

The training content included:

What is trauma?

How does trauma impact on our development and life trajectories?

Re-triggering and re-traumatisation

Trauma informed care

An introduction to performing trauma assessments

Midland Duly Authorised Officers Forum

On the 15th May the Midland DAO forun was held in Hamilton and hosted by Waikato District Health Board - Mental Health & Addiction Service. 

The theme for the forum was "A Broad Perspective of Risk and the Mental Health Act" with a range of speakers such as Dr Rees Tapsell, Dr Collin Partrick to name a few.  Please click here for view the outline of the programme.

The next forum will be hosted by Lakes District Health Board - Mental Health & Addiction Services.


Midland Perinatal & Infant Workshop held during March and April

Photo's taken at Waikato workshop


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