NewsletterSummer Issue 7 - January 2019

Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa & Hello

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter.  I hope that you had a wonderful festive season with you family and friends.  Beach trips and BBQ’s has been the order of our summer so far.  For those of you who have taken some time off I hope you are feeling rested and are ready for another busy year.  For those of you who have yet to take some time off I hope the weather remains fine with cool periods.

This newsletter features a few profiles of people who have contributed significantly to the journey that Midland has taken over the last 10 years.  Roz Sorensen, Klare Bray, Sally Whitelaw and Karen Cheer have influenced the way Midland has developed its thinking, providing subject matter advice or strategic thought leadership.  We thank them for their contribution and look forward to continuing the relationship over the coming years.

The Mental Health Inquiry report: He Ara Oranga was released in December 2018.  It calls for change in the current way services are configured with services being closer to the community.  This report will bring many challenges as the sector moves forward on the recommendations.  We look forward to working together as a region to progress the recommendations.  Click here to access a copy of the document.

There are several feature articles on pockets of innovation across the region.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of the providers if you require additional information.

Robyn ShearerFinally, I would like to congratulate Robyn Shearer on her appointment to the Ministry of Health, Deputy Director-General, Mental Health &  Addiction.

Robyn has a vast range of sector experience having been the CEO for Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui for the last ten years. During her time Robyn has grown Te Pou to be internationally recognised for evidence based workforce programmes in mental health, addiction and disability and has created strong sector partnerships to enhance people’s lives through service improvement.  Robyn comes from a clinical background, beginning her experience with nursing and has worked in front line mental health services and leadership roles in district health boards.  She has also worked in the Health Research Council and Ministry of Health in workforce development, policy and leading the Mental Health Group.

The Midland region wishes you well as you embark on the next phase of your journey.

To read on the articles featured in our Summer newsletter click the links below: