Mental Health & Addiction Update - 17 August 2022

on 18 August

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In this edition:

  • Repealing and replacing the Mental Health Act: Summary of submissions

  • Peer Support Fund

  • Eight new AOD projects announced

  • Register now for the IIMHL and IIDL

  • Accessibility Bill opens for public submissions

  • Important information on the AstraZeneca vaccination

Kia ora koutou

As we start to get into the rhythm of the new health system, we are seeing strong working relationships being created, re-established, and reaffirmed across Manatū Hauora, Te Whatu Ora, and Te Aka Whai Ora.

In the mental health and addiction space we are working closely together with our colleagues at the other entities, maintaining the momentum of the huge work programme we have in building a new approach to mental health and addiction in Aotearoa.

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Dr Arran Culver
Acting Associate Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction

Recently, we announced the recipients of the Peer Support Fund. There was significant input from the sector to establish this fund, and I’d like to thank everyone involved, particularly Platform Trust, the Equally Well collective and Te Pou. Strengthening peer support and lived experience expertise in everything we do was a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga, and it is great to see this in practice.

We are also continuing the work to repeal and replace the Mental Health Act. The summary of all the submissions we received through the public consultation is now available online, and I encourage you to have a look. So many people gave us their thoughts and feedback during the consultation process, and it is clear that New Zealanders are ready to see major changes and different approaches in our mental health legislation.

Heading out of the tough times of winter, we are all hopeful that the extra pressures caused by flu and COVID-19 will soon lessen. I would like to acknowledge the incredible hard work you have all been putting in to keep providing support and services to people who have mental health and addiction needs across Aotearoa.

Ngā mihi,

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