MH&A Projects 2021 / 2022

Following a recent regional Chief Executive (CEs) meeting, the CEs strongly believe that given the new health reforms it was decided that the Mental Health and Addiction Wellbeing Regional Network needed to focus its work programme on four priorities:

Whānau & Pēpi Project

This project is being undertaken to validate a flourishing Whānau and Pēpi community continuum of care that enhances hospital services of the Healthy Parents Healthy Children programme and focuses on vulnerable mama and pēpi.

The project will provide:

  1. A clear model of care that explores hub and spoke opportunities
  2. Expand the current scope of service delivery to include tāne and significant others
  3. Expand the current service deliver to include mātauranga Māori models of care
  4. Explore opportunities to broaden the continuum of care across primary, secondary, tertiary and community options such as respite to enhance service provision
  5. Explore opportunities to increase funding to support service change and workforce development

Click here for the Project Scope.

Access & Choice Stocktake Project

The aim of this stocktake is to confirm the Access and Choice investment and application in the Te Manawa Taki region and identify gaps and opportunities for future investment.

This stocktake is being undertaken to provide an understanding of the uptake of the Access and Choice investment in Te Manawa Taki District Health Boards during the past two years. It is also to understand the impacts the new investments have had on the moderate end of the primary mental health and addiction continuum and to ascertain the potential capacity and capability for other DHBs in Te Manawa Taki to access similar initiatives.

This stocktake will provide:

  1. Collation of the Access and Choice initiatives established in Te Manawa Taki over the past two years.
  2. A service description and evidence of effectiveness of services established (aligning to any key performance indicators assigned).
  3. Identification of the key impacts (positive and negative) of these services and potential future opportunities.
High and Complex Needs Project

A stocktake of how high and complex needs is currently being provided across and external to Te Manawa Taki.  What support is required to meet the needs within Te Manawa Taki to establish services as determined by each DHB.

The project will provide:

  1. Review and summary of previous reports (literature)
  2. Identify what is needed locally, sub regionally and regionally ( using a step up and step down model)
  3. A clear implementation direction that is regionally agreed
  4. A commitment to achieving equitable health outcomes for Māori.

The project will include:

  • Review of Recommendations from previous High and Complex Needs reviews
  • Identification of gaps in the service continuum with a focus on local and sub regional solutions that are step up and step down, individualised and tailored to meet needs
  • Recommendation re investment priority
  • Meet diverse needs and recovery goals (housing and social needs, vocational etc)
  • Emerging aging population needs
  • Equity statement
  • Whānau & peer experience
  • A set of definitions and evidence informed principles for regional and local delivery
  • Core competencies, attitudes and behaviours of HCN workforce
  • Recognition of peer and cultural workforce
  • Trusted faces in trusted places
  • People living in socially challenging environments
  • Reference to Health NZ 5 strategic shifts – Te Tiriti, Continuum of Care, People can access when and where, Data digital, Valued and trained workforce
  • Purposeful referral pathways
  • Equitable contracting and allocation of resources
Youth / Rangatahi Addiction and Other Drugs

In 2019 we held a Youth & Rangatahi Wananga in the Waikato region, from this event we gathered feedback from our young people to develop Te Piko o te Māhuri - Youth Wellbeing Framework, today we are looking a progressing this piece of work.

The first initial meeting for this project was held on the 21 February with various people from across the region to determine what the focus of the project will be and identify the right mix of rangatahi to steer and lead this project. 

It was agreed the focus should be 'accessing of services for rangatahi and youth', being available at the right place and the right time, trusted faces in trusted places with people having the right set of skills to work with rangatahi and youth.

We are currently in the midst of organising the steering group, following this the development of the project scope and then we can get into the guts of the project.

Watch this space!!

Te Manawa Taki Lived Experience and Whānau Led Strategy


This project was undertaken to validate the premise that lived experience, peer and whānau led roles are experts in their field.

To do that we need to understand the current lived experience, peer and whānau provision of service and relevant workforce development opportunities across the Te Manawa Taki region, current systems of inclusion of expertise-by-experience and innovation both inside and outside of the region.

Thereby informing the development of a regional framework that aims to grow the lived experience, peer and whānau workforce; strengthen systems of inclusion of lived experience expertise; influence and drive new initiatives; and transforming existing service provision through codesign.

The project provided:

  1. Increased lived experience, peer and whānau expert roles in the Te Manawa Taki region
  2. Exploration of lived experience, peer and whānau experience training and education for the Te Manawa Taki region
  3. Exploration of what innovations are in existence within and outside the Te Manawa Taki region for peer / whānau led services
  4. Development of a regional framework that transforms current delivery and which drives and informs new initiatives across the continuum of care (from where whānau are seen, to the board room)
  5. Development of Kaupapa Māori lived experience, peer and whānau led support within mainstream services and Kaupapa Māori led services

Please click here for the project scope and click here for the final document.