Mental Health Inquiry report being released today

RNZ:  Govt to release Mental Health Inquiry report today

The panel, led by the former health watchdog Ron Paterson, has spent roughly 10 months consulting people around the country, holding more than 400 meetings and considering about 5000 submissions.

It delivered a 200 page report and 40 recommendations to the Health Minister David Clark last week.

The government will release the report today, but will not formally respond with its plan until March.

Dr Clark has said the inquiry will shape the country’s response to mental health for years to come.

There is pressure on the Government to act quickly with claims that current mental health care is in crisis.

Like:  Teens face up to three month wait for mental health services

Teens needing non-urgent mental health services in the top of the south currently face a wait of up to three months before they are seen.

There had been five resignations in CAMHS team across the district in the past six months and there were three vacancies.

Working in mental health care is very demanding.

The Inquiry website:  Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Our purpose was to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand.

We wanted to set a clear direction for the next five to ten years that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the whole community can pick up and make happen.

On 28 November 2018, we presented He Ara Oranga : report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction to the Government.

The Government has indicated it needs time to consider the report’s findings, but expects to release the report prior to the end of the year.

Once the report has been released it will be available on this website in various formats.

That should be today.


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  1. I just saw a brief bit on TV1 news.. the report apparently also calls for Drug reform.. beyond status quo to Decrim. drug USE (at least), in favour of regulation & health approach. Smart move sez I

  2. Gezza

     /  4th December 2018

    Might comment later if there’s a post on the report contents eventually. It’s the action & outcomes that matter though. Mental health issues have been the subject of endless previous talkfests & reviews that went nowhere.

  3. Tipene

     /  4th December 2018

    50 reports (yes, 50) have been produced on mental health services since 1998 , for no change.

    Does anyone really think that report # 51 is going to achieve anything more?

    The key problem with these reports is that they keep asking the same people who contributed to the current mess, what to do about the current mess, and they almost never ask the people who are most directly impacted by the current mess, how to fix the current mess.

    • Gezza

       /  4th December 2018

      Accepting that there’s nothing that can be done by the MHS about piss-poor, solo, and absent parenting where that’s the underlying feature with young people, and little that this crew is likely to achieve with fixing up dysfunctional families, may even perhaps excuse & perpetuate them, but we’ll see:

      How the fuck did things get into the bloody state they’re in (National did fuck all, about but pay people to talk to each other – but the rot set in well before them)

      1. What services are needed?
      2. Where will the professionals needed come from?
      3. How many volunteer non-professionals will be taken on and how much more damage will some of them do? What will it cost to fix those?
      4. Who will co-ordinate the response – on the evidence to date the Health Department is chronically incapable of anything but putting together summaries and power-point presentations for staff of their Head Office.
      5. Why does this need another bloody commission? Why not just throw all the valueless overpaid management-jargon-talking time-wasters out of the SSC, overhaul that, then get them to sort out the bloody Health Department by doing the same thing
      6. What specific outcomes are expected?
      7. What will the cost be?
      8. How is all the massive expenditure that’s going to be needed to deal with the serious mental health problems this country now has across a whole range of population sectors which will require years, maybe a decade, to improve, going to be paid for?

      These are the first questions I want to see addressed.


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