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New Zealand Schizophrenia Research Group: Research Awards Scheme

The New Zealand Schizophrenia Research Group has for many years been able offer research awards in an annual round.

In recent years this has been made possible by the Taranaki Schizophrenia Research Trust.
In 2014 there was no such round. However NZSRG is continuing with its research awards scheme, with another round early in 2015.
Two documents, one describing the nature of the research awards which NZSRG can offer, the other the application form  for these awards, are accessible on the NZSRG website (www.nzsrg.org.nz). The deadline is 23th March. Application forms should be sent to Deb Leslie at nzsrgenquiries@gmail.com

They hope to receive your applications soon. Please circulate this messages to others you think might be interested.

Te Pou HoNOS Tool: now available for Android devices!

Te Pou has created a new utility for mental-health professionals. The HoNOS tool assists clinicians to use the HoNOS suite of outcome measures.

The dashboard gives you a deeper understanding of your caseload with snapshot statistics – input your entire caseload to get the full benefit of features such as number of cases, severity, ethnicity, gender profile and more. The HoNOS tool keeps track of who is due or overdue to be rated.

The tool is also available as a web version and will be launched for iOS devices in the coming months. Your data will sync across devices so you can use your computer, phone and tablet – whatever suits you best. Download the app from Google Play for use on your tablet or smartphone. Or open Google Play on your android device and search ‘HoNOS’.

For more information link here.

Te Pou: Workforce Planning Approach

Te Pou have released a workforce planning guide. If you are actively involved in, or leading workforce planning, this guide outlines some suggested workforce planning steps.

The document identifies and describes the key components of a workforce development plan, and suggests actions to develop a plan that suits an organisation’s particular needs.

Find Out More About the Workforce Planning Approach
and Download the Workforce Planning Guide

Contact: Emma Wood
Phone number: 09 300 6778
Mobile number: 027 233 1714
Email address: emma.wood@tepou.co.nz

Research: Mental Health Service Users – Perspectives of both Employees and Employers

Sarah Gordon is leading a project investigating the critical factors that have enabled, and more particularly sustained, open employment of mental health service users from the perspectives of both employees and employers. Please find attached the information sheet about the project which provides more detail. They have just commenced the recruitment stage of the project and are wondering if you might assist us with sending the attached research advertisement out through your networks.

What Works Information sheet

WHAT WORKS research advertisement

Dr Sarah Gordon, PhD, MBHL, LLB, BSc
Service User Academic
Department of Psychological Medicine
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South
New Zealand

Job Vacancy: Health and Disability Advocacy service

Job Vacancy

Looking for variety and a challenge in your career?  The Health and Disability Advocacy service is looking for a person with a strong focus on people’s rights, and a passion and empathy for working with people.  This position will be based in Mairangi Bay covering the North Shore area and will be 40 hours per week.

Advocates have daily contact with members of the public and health and disability service providers. Advocates assist consumers to resolve complaints about the quality of care provided and provide education on the Code of Health and Disability Consumers’ Rights.

There is training and development, including support while you undertake the NZQA Advocacy Certification. Position descriptions and salary information are available on request via the email address below.

Please send your CV with the names of three referees (one must be your current manager) and a cover letter to adnet@xtra.co.nz
Before 12 noon on Friday 14 February 2014.

Inside Mental Health Works, First Quarter 2014

Mental Health Works is a quarterly publication for employers.

Each issue features practices from employers and provides readers with solutions for tackling mental health in the workplace.

Mental Health Works is available in both digital magazine and PDF form.

Inside Mental Health Works, First Quarter 2014


Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
American Psychiatric Foundation
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825 • Arlington, VA 22209

Impact of Welfare Reforms on People with Mental-Health Problems and Disabilities

Carmel Sepuloni, CEO of Vaka Tautua writes about the welfare reforms that came into effect on the 15th of July…

Welfare reforms and the impact on those living with mental health issues and/or disability

The truth is that some view the recently announced welfare reforms as the ‘kick in the butt’ that the unemployed need to get them actively looking for work. If only it were that simple. If only jobs were plentiful and barriers to employment didn’t exist.

I decided to look specifically at the changes in relation to those living with disability and / or with mental health issues – at the end of the day we at Vaka Tautua need to know how our Pacific clients are impacted by these changes.

When looking over the submissions to this bill there was no mistaking that there is strong support and appreciation for appropriate employment. No one denied the positive impact that appropriate employment can have on people’s physical, mental, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. There was general acceptance of the changes to the benefit titles – in fact some felt that this was a positive move, citing a negative stigma attached to previous titles. However there were some very real and serious concerns raised about the legislation.

Keep Reading on the Vaka Tautua website…

Disability Workforce Innovation Fund


Do you have an innovative idea for developing the disability workforce?

An exciting new fund has been established to fund innovative workforce development initiatives that enhance the disability workforce.

The Disability Workforce Development Innovation Fund will open on 2 September 2013 for services funded by Ministry of Health Disability Support Services, or for national Disabled Persons Organisations to apply.

Applications are sought for new or improved initiatives that enhance the capability or capacity of the disability workforce.

The fund is designed to support sector-driven, innovative workforce development solutions. Priority will be given to projects that align with the objectives of the Ministry of Health Disability Workforce Action Plan 2013/16.

Organisations that meet eligibility and funding criteria will be able to apply for a one-off fund to put their idea into action.

For more info visit: www.disabilityworkforce.co.nz

Volunteer for Age Concern Counties Manukau


Do you have friends, family, colleagues or neighbours who would be interested in becoming am AVS visitor?

All you need is one hour a week and the willingness to provide companionship to an older person

Age Concern are currently in search of new volunteers for the Accredited Visiting Service

Each month Age Concern have around 10 referrals but only 4 new volunteers

Age Concern are looking for volunteers from all over the Counties Manukau DHB area

PLEASE forward this message on to people you think may be interested in volunteering with the Accredited Visiting Service

Want to find out more?

Call Penny Arrowsmith on  279 4331 ext 815

Email margareta@accm.org.nz or  penelopea@accm.org.nz

Or check out the website http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/happiness/keeping-connected/would-you-more-company

Youth Practitioner Wanted: Youthline Manukau


Youthline Manukau are looking for a vibrant Youth Practitioner who has or is completing a counselling qualification to provide youth and family counselling services, school based alcohol & other drug programmes and youth development programmes.
You must be passionate and skilled at engaging youth, especially young men, and their families, delivering effective therapeutic interventions that help them achieve positive outcomes. You have a vitality and energy that makes you fantastic in a group. On top of this, your professionalism is a given and you complete related administrative tasks with ease.
Knowledge of AOD, counselling and youth development are essential. Prior group facilitation experience and an HPCA Act or DAPAANZ registration would be an advantage.

Your key responsibilities would include:

 Providing counselling and support services to young people and families
 Providing group based youth development interventions and support to young people affected by alcohol and other drugs in schools
 Providing individual assessment and intervention to young people affected by alcohol and other drugs in schools
 Liaising with schools to support the development of young people
 Case noting and related administration.

You must have:

 A qualification in counselling or related field (or be completing one)
 A professional registration, or the ability to work towards one
 Experience working with youth and families
 Knowledge of AOD & youth development
 Excellent written and oral communication skills
 Flexibility, a can-do attitude and a passion for Youthline’s work.

Please email a cover email/letter and your CV to jayne@youthline.co.nz.

Applications close 5pm Monday 3rd September 2012