Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand

Improving mental health access, equity and outcomes


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Martin Sloman QSM, Counsellor and Mental Health Advocate
Addressing the standards from the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
A vision for New Zealand mental health and addiction services

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction provides a “once-in-a-generation”
opportunity for change in the approach towards
mental health and addiction issues.
• What are the recommendations proposed in The
• What has been the Government response to the
• How has the system responded - What has been
implemented so far?

Josiah Tualamali'i, Panel Member, Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction
Keynote: Digital mental health: Deploying new technologies & innovation for the delivery of digital mental health support

• Harnessing the capability of new technologies to meet the needs of transforming mental health services

• Expanding telehealth and digital support for mental wellbeing

• Creating mental health services that meet the needs of new generations of digital natives

Anil Thapliyal, Chief Executive, HealthTRXGlobal
Morning break
Building from the ground up with synergy across the sector
• Breaking down silos and working across the entire
sector to implement transformational change
• The importance of consumer & service user
involvement in planning and service delivery
• Increasing service access and choice to extend
funding to 20% of the population
Marion Blake MNZM, Chief Executive, Platform Trust
Mental health in the criminal justice system

Tackling the growing reality that police are the front-line responders in mental health situations – what services are needed to stop this happening

• Ensuring adequate access to mental health support in criminal justice settings

• Addressing the mental health needs of adult prisoners and young people with combined mental health needs and offending behaviour

• Investing in safe and secure forensic mental health services

Dr Erik Monasterio, Senior clinical lecturer, University of Otago & Clinical Director and Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, Hillmorton Hospital
Lunch break
"I Had a Friend" - responses to men and suicide

A look at the results of Whirlwind, a forum to enable men to positively embrace their mental health through the sharing of stories.

Committee member Goose Sisson shares his personal journey through Whirldwind's Assist Suicide Prevention Programme and how he became able to give back to group members. 

Goose Sisson, Male mental health advocate, Whirlwind
Martin Sloman, QSM, Counsellor and mental health advocate, Martin Sloman Counselling
Implementing transformational change across your organisation
·         Implementing and progressing change within a complex system

·         Keeping service users and whānau at the centre of what you’re working to achieve

·         The value of partnerships within your organisation and beyond

·         The role of leadership at all levels within the system

Wendy Brown, Service Development Manager, Integrated Mental Health and Addictions, Counties Manukau Health
Afternoon break
Harnessing the power of mental health service users to achieve transformation
Give a voice to your community: Building an expectation of strong consumer involvement
• Strategies to develop a strong set of consumer
participation tools
• Leveraging your customer drive and focus to
improve services
• Building community connections to develop
important relationships
Anne Brebner, Director of Mental Health Services, Counties Manukau Health
Cassandra Laskey, Professional Leader of Peer Support, Consumer and Whānau Centred Care in Mental Health Services & Counties Manukau Health
PANEL: Two Lenses: Surviving and Thriving as a Therapist with Lived Experience
• Explore the strengths and challenges that come with carrying dual perspectives
• ATLEN co-founders share their experiences of
bringing service-user perspectives into the clinical
• Discover the story behind the formation of the
Aotearoa Therapists with Lived Experience Network (ATLEN)
Dr Miriam Larsen-Barr, Clinical Psychologist, Auckland District Health Board
Carina Allen, Counsellor
Dr Katie Weastell, Clinical Psychologist, Hutt Valley DHB
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Developing the workforce to deliver a transformed mental health service
Emma Wood, National Manager-Practice, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui
Preventive action initiatives with young people in primary mental health and addiction services in Northland.
• Youth informed evaluation for enabling the measurement of preventive strategies
• Inclusive engagement with youth, their whanau and the community.
Victoria Atkinson, Youth Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator, Mahitahi Hauora
Mark Wallis, Youth Primary Mental Health and Addictions Clinician, Mahitahi Hauora
Morning break
Panel discussion: Are we on track to improve mental health equity, access and outcomes in NZ?
Lisa Archibald, Operations Manager, PeerZone
Corinda Taylor, Chair, Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Marion Blake MNZM, Chief Executive, Platform Trust
Strengthening suicide prevention in New Zealand
• Why is the New Zealand suicide rate so high?
• Delivering practical awareness raising programmes around mental health to encourage people in distress to seek help when required
• Delivering the resources required to be able support people in distress and reduce suicide rates
• Establishing services to provide support to people bereaved by suicide
Corinda Taylor, Chair, Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Lunch break
Boosting access to addiction support services - the joint initiative between Police and Northland DHB
  • How and why Northland DHB and Police created a joint initiative to respond to drug harm
  • Findings from the first evaluation of Te Ara Oranga (The Path to Wellbeing) Meth Demand Reduction Programme
  • How Police and Northland DHB work towards getting resources in place to support the shift in policy from treating drugs as a criminal issue to a health issue
Jenny Freedman, Professional Leader, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Northland District Health Board
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Varnam, National Organised Crime Group, New Zealand Police
Boosting access to addiction support services - two new approaches from Northland DHB
• Following up mothers experiencing addiction with the He Tupua Waiora Pregnancy & Parental Service (PPS) to improve outcomes for babies
• Expanding the support available to people with mild to moderate to severe addiction issues
• Ensuring adequate resources are in place to support around the shift in policy from treating drugs as a criminal issue to a health issue
Airini Mataara, Clinical Team Leader, He Tupua Waiora Pregnancy and Parental Service, Northland District Health Board
Afternoon break
How Waikato’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign gained community input on the direction of mental health and addiction services
• Learn how and why Let’s Talk operated December 2017 to August 2018
• Understand the cultural communication strategies that made the campaign a success
• Which platforms and methods enabled the community to have input
• How Waikato DHB successfully engaged with local Māori service providers and iwi
• Keeping participants in the loop
• Waikato DHB engaging with community and iwi following an extensive programme to listen to over 1000 voices
Vicki Aitken, Executive Director-Mental Health and Addictions, Waikato DHB Te Pora Thompson-Evans & Chair, Iwi Māori Council
Creating a plan for the delivery of transformation of NZ mental health services

• Find out how NZ mental health services compare to international MHAS services

• Revealed: PeerZone organised the Wellbeing Manifesto in response to the Govt Inquiry Into Mental Health and Addiction, and whether NZ is

living up to the Manifesto’s measures

• The importance of preventative action - the move from big psychiatry to big community as a helpful

paradigm shift.

• Lived experience leadership and how this can be a transformational way of delivering services and reducing discrimination

Lisa Archibald, Operations Manager, PeerZone
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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