Midland MH&A Projects 12/13

Midland Youth Forensics Project


The purpose of this project was to conduct a review of the Midland regional Youth Forensic service and develop an Implementation Plan for sign off by the Ministry of Health.  This will ensure that available resources are allocated based on greatest need and aligns to national expectations.

The role of the Technical Reference Group (TRG) for the Midland Regional Youth Forensic Project – Mental Health and Addictions will provide sound strategic, clinical and sector based advice in the development of a regional “Model of Care” and proposed implementation plan for Midland Youth Forensic services.

The Project Lead has been commissioned to:

  • Review current Midland Regional Youth Forensic services against recently released MoH Youth Forensic Guidelines and develop a model of care for Midland Youth Forensic service
  • Identify how the sector finds the services provided through the current youth forensic FTEs
  • What works well
  • What gaps exist
  • Develop an implementation plan for the implementation of the model of care:
  • Ensure that the model of care and implementation plan meets the requirements of the MOH and thereby ensuring Midland region has access to new funding.

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The project is being led by Deirdre Mulligan

We have established a small Technical Advisory Group to guide this project and would like to hear your views on what is working effectively at local levels as well as regionally.

  • Dr Arran Culver - Hauora Waikato
  • Aroha Panapa - Hauora Waikato
  • Katherine Fell - Waikato DHB
  • Denise Tapper - Child Family & Youth Services
  • Graham Stewart - Child Family & Youth Services
  • Kurei Knight - Ministry of Justice, Lakes
  • Liz Carrington - CAMHS, Lakes DHB
  • Marita Ranclaud - Lakes DHB
  • Jenny James - Taranaki DHB
  • Lesley Watkins - BOP DHB

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Agenda's & Minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
10 July 2012 July Agenda July Minutes
02 August 2012 August Agenda August Minutes
18 September 2012 September Agenda September Minutes
16 October 2012 October Agenda October Minutes
 20 February 2013 CAMHS Agenda CAMHS Minutes
25 March 2013 March Agenda March Minutes


CAMHS Interface Meeting 20 February 2013



Midland Child Adolescent Mental Health Service Inpatient Project


Midland DHBs (excluding Tairawhiti) access tertiary specialist mental health inpatient beds for children and adolescents under 18 years of age from the Child and Family Unit (CFU) at the Starship Hospital in Auckland, as well as one Eating Disorders bed for the Midland population.

In 2011, the number of beds funded by the Midland region through IDFs was increased from 3 to 4 per annum, in order to better meet increased demand for service by the region.  Additional to the agreement increase volumes, the GMs recommended that a project was undertaken to:

  • Progress the development of a Service Level Agreement and Client Pathway between Midland and ADHB stakeholders.
  • Undertake a stocktake of CAMHS service provision in relation to inpatient services across the Midland region, identify areas of best practice and transfer lessons learnt across the sector utilising Midland clinical expertise.

Midland Child Adolescent MHS Inpatient Project Scope

The project is being led by Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre is supported by a Project Reference Group who will provide advice and support to the project.  The Project Reference Group comprises of:

  • Dr Arran Culver - Hauora Waikato
  • Dr Jik Loy - Health Waikato
  • Dr Sue Sundheim - Lakes DHB
  • Dr Sue Mackersey – BOP DHB
  • Katherine Fell - Portfolio Managers
  • Sarah Wallbank – Manager, Auckland DHB
  • Pauline McKay – Manager Auckland DHB
  • Dr Leah Andrews – Auckland DHB
  • Robert Ford – Planning & Funding Manager, Auckland DHB
  • Administration & Coordination - Akatu Marsters and Belinda Walker

Project Update Reports:

Final Documents


Midland Mental Health Services for Older People Project


The Midland region completed a regional mental health and addiction needs assessment in January 2011. Within the report it identified that across the Midland region services for older people based on Blueprint benchmarks, were overprovided.  However it was later confirmed that this was not the case.  It is recognised that the Blueprint benchmarks are outdated and that Te Rau Hinengaro provides more up to date benchmarks. It is also recognised that within the Midland region the most significant growth over the next 10 years will be in the older population.  Given this, the need to undertake a specific project to clearly identify MHSOP future needs will allow planning and funding to have a clear direction and influence the Ministry of Health.

The MoH Mental Health and Addiction Services for Older People and Dementia Services: Guideline for District Health Boards was released on 6 July 2011.  The guideline aims to improve access to services and provide consistency across all District Health Boards and aged care providers.  A key area of focus is the need for greater coordination particularly at the transitions between at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care.

There is a clear need for both Older People and Mental Health & Addictions services to work in an integrated way to ensure the needs of this growing population are addressed.  This project proposes:

  1. A regional Swap Shop day that confirms the needs, and identifies innovative and creative cross sector best practice, including integrated service models to address current and future need.
  2. A strategic development stakeholder consultative process that builds on work commenced at the Swap Shop day, bringing together and confirming common themes across the region.
  3. A further Swap Shop day to critique the draft report capturing the themes and proposing recommendations.
  4. Submission of the Final report.

Midland MHSOP Project Scope October 2011

This project is being led by Roz Sorensen

Project Update Reports:

Project Report:

 Final Document: