Mental Health & Addiction Update - December 2023

on 7 December


Mental Health & Addiction update

In this edition:

  • Message from Kiri Richards
  • Supporting the new Government’s priorities
  • Organisational changes within the Ministry of Health
  • Message from Robyn Shearer, Deputy Director-General of the Clinical, Community and Mental Health directorate
  • Appointment of our Lived Experience Programme Director
  • Application to represent New Zealand at the 2024 Global Leadership Exchange
  • 'Checking-in’- new rural wellbeing project launches
  • Plain language guide for the Mental Health Act amendment changes
  • New Zealand Gambling Survey 2023
  • Looking after each other this holiday season.



Message from Kiri Richards
Associate Deputy Director-General of Mental Health and Addiction

Kia ora koutou

I hope this newsletter finds you in good health. With the holiday season fast approaching, I hope you all get the opportunity to enjoy quality time with your whānau and friends, and take some time to relax and recharge for the upcoming year.

In this newsletter, I take a look at what happens now that the new Government has formed, outline some changes and new appointments within the Ministry of Health and highlight some of the important work happening.

Ngā mihi Kiri

Head and shoulders image of Kiri Richards smiling

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