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Mental Health and Addiction Change Programme


"Mental health and wellbeing for everyone, in our communities - individuals, whānau and communities supported by trusted health services that respect people’s unique sense of culture, spirituality and wellbeing."

Mental Health and Addiction services are changing so we can:

  • Support people within their local communities
  • Deliver modern, safe, high-quality, holistic care that meets people’s needs
  • Make the best use of our resources to achieve equitable health outcomes
  • Enable and support safe and rewarding places for people to work.

We will:

  • Work in partnership with Māori, honouring our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Provide opportunities to work with, and listen to Māori, Pacific peoples, people with lived experience, and disabled communities.
  • Ensure people are at the centre of the Programme, from initial planning through to implementation stages.
  • Draw on He Ara Oranga, Living Life Well, and other reports on the need to transform mental health and addiction services.​​​

Programme overview

Click on the image below to view a slide deck overview of the Programme.

Four areas of focus

​​​​​​​There are four projects in the Programme, which complement one another but are able to progress independently:

Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health

  • To use the Choice and Partnership Model (CAPA) to its full potential to ensure responsive and consistent services for whānau
  • To support improved consistency and collaboration across mental health and addiction services
  • To improve timely access to services for whānau (reduce waiting times)
  • To improve equity of access to services for Māori and Pacific peoples
  • To enable positive and trusting relationships between children, adolescents, and their whānau, and service providers

Acute Inpatient Mental Health

  • To develop a contemporary acute model of care to inform facility design
  • To enable service improvements in preparation for the new facility
  • To engage with a wide range of stakeholders in the planning and design
  • To inform a design that enables flexible use of space to support enhanced therapeutic opportunities and less restrictive practices
  • To improve health and wellbeing outcomes through a therapeutic environment that recognises and supports cultural identity

Kaupapa Māori Mental Health and Addiction

  • To develop, in line with Te Rau Matatini best practice framework, Kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services in Te Awakairangi, that support whānau Māori in a manner that preserves their unique cultural heritage, spirituality and wellbeing​​​​​​​

Community Mental Health and Addiction

  • To enable the timely and efficient management of urgent & non-urgent referrals
  • To support local capability and capacity to respond to local needs
  • To design and pilot integrated locality based mental health and addiction services
  • To improve the ability of local communities and services to respond to local MHA need
  • To support improved co-ordination and integration across health and social care agencies
  • To improve the patient (consumer) experience of care
  • To support a more holistic response to supporting people and whānau wellbeing
Last updated 12 January 2023.