Each young person admitted to the unit has a primary and associate nurse assigned to them who works closely with a team that may include medical staff, a psychologist, an alcohol and drug clinician, an occupational therapist, and cultural staff. Admission is usually for up to 6 weeks but can vary depending on need.
The main focus of admission is for assessment and treatment for mental health and/or substance use problems. The unit has a bicultural philosophy and uses the Te Whare Tapa Wha and Meihana models of holistic care. The young people are encouraged to attend school and engage in therapeutic programmes throughout the day.
Staff wear identification badges and you can ask them about their roles. Usually at least 2 meetings are held with the family and whānau of people admitted to the unit; the first within the first fortnight for a progress report and the final meeting to clarify discharge planning. These can be done either in person or via our advanced video conferencing facilities.