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Category Archives: Legal Issues

Information, events and news about legal issues.

Te Pou: Towards restraint-free mental health practice

Te Pou is pleased to launch Towards restraint free mental health practice: Supporting the reduction and prevention of personal restraint in mental health inpatient settings. This resource is the latest in a suite of work aimed at reducing and preventing the use of seclusion and restraint. Services can use this resource to plan and identify best practices that support a least restrictive approach to service delivery.

Contact:
Te Pou
Level 2, Building B, 8 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023.
Telephone: +64 9 373 2125www.tepou.org.nz

DRIVE Hui: RSVP for June 12th

DRIVE hui are friendly, inclusive events with a variety of activities, and all are welcome. The next hui will involve a workshop around self-care facilitated by Kerri Butler of Take Notice and a chance to learn about co-design and the role you may be able to play in making sure Counties Manukau has the best mental health and addiction services possible.

Please remember to RSVP for DRIVE hui so they can provide appropriately food, chairs and resources. It is fine to send a ‘maybe’ if you are not certain you can come, but please give an estimate. You also might like to invite a supporter or some one else in recovery who has not attended a DRIVE event before.

2015 dates:
June Friday 12th
August Friday 14th
October Friday 9th
Christmas Hui December Friday 11th

DRIVE hui are held at Pacific Business Trust in Otahuhu from 10.45am to 2.30pm.
733 Great South Road
Otahuhu
Auckland 1062

RSVP to hello@drivedirection.org.nz

New Ministry of Health guidelines for COPMIA

The Ministry of Health will soon release the national COPMIA guideline, currently in draft.

This guideline will outline the responsibilities all mental health and addiction services have to the children of parents with mental illness and or addiction (COPMIA) and their families and whānau. For some, this is going to mean a big shift in the way that services operate. The guideline envisions a mental health and addiction sector that is inclusive of family and whānau, focusses on strengths, and promotes and protects the wellbeing and rights of children. It promotes early intervention in the lives of children to support resilience, offering evidenced based and culturally appropriate ways of working, and across sector partnerships to meet the needs of children and their families and whānau.

For more information click on this link to Te Pou.

Or contact Mark Smith at Te Pou
Phone number: 07 857 1278
Mobile number: 027 687 7127

Disability Rights New Zealand Law and Legislation | Auckland 12 Dec 2014 and 28 Jan 2015

CCS Disability Action has an exciting opportunity for Disabled people or their family/whanau.

They are looking for people with disabilities who are emerging leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. They want people who want to strengthen their knowledge of their rights. These workshops are being run by Auckland Disability Law and are being hosted by CCS Disability Action. There are two half-day workshops, and they both cover different material, so it would be great if people who register could come to both. The morning workshop is open to disabled people or family members of disabled people, however ADL have kindly given up their time to facilitate afternoon sessions for professionals and any other community groups who would like to attend.

People who require support during the morning sessions are welcome to bring their support workers.

Workshop dates are

  • Friday 12 December 2014 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 28 January 2015 – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please Register by Friday 28 November 2014

For more information contact:

Kylie Elsbury-Dawson, Resource and Support Coordinator

CCS Disability Action, Northern Region

www.northern.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

IIMHL New Zealand Special Update

The following links are a summary of the IIMHL AND IIDL UPDATE – 15 NOVEMBER 2014

If you want further information on the IIMHL organisation go here. To sign up for their mailing list go here.

For general enquiries about these links or for other IIMHL information please contact Erin Geaney at erin@iimhl.com.

  1. The Physical Health of People with a Serious Mental Illness and/or Addiction: An evidence review
  2. Stories of Success
  3. Tihei Mauri Ora: Supporting whānau through suicidal distress
  4. New ‘wellbeing bank’ for baby boomers
  5. “There is always someone worse off…” (regarding the earthquakes in Christchurch)
  6. Debriefing following seclusion and restraint: A summary of relevant literature
  7. Families and whānau status report 2014: Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau
  8. Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1000 Days (July 2014)
  9. Parents or caregivers of children with a disability have a voice in New Zealand (video playlist)

Also recommended in the update are:

Effective parenting programmes: A review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes for parents of vulnerable children
(2014, April 14). Wellington: Families Commission

New Zealand practice guidelines for opioid substitution treatment
(2014, April). Wellington: Ministry of Health

 

 

Questionnaire: Performance of Nonprofit Healthcare Organisations

Ishani Soysa, a doctoral student (PhD) from Massey University, aims to develop and test a performance measurement framework that can be easily adopted by nonprofit healthcare organisations, given their missions, strategic goals and objectives. The questionnaire is a major component of the PhD as it collects data to test performance measurement frameworks empirically.

Ishani is collecting data from directors and senior executives in Australia and New Zealand, who are responsible for the governance of nonprofit healthcare organisations. If this is you, please complete the questionnaire.

Please visit the following link to respond to the questionnaire. Please do so within the next two weeks.

Or contact Ishani Soysa
Doctoral Researcher, School Of Engineering & Advanced Technology, Massey University

 

Four Articles from the APA Monitor

The following content is from the Monitor digital newsletter. The Monitor is the magazine of the American Psychological Association, which they describe as “a must-read for psychology educators, scientists and practitioners.”

Born Bashful

Psychologists have new insights into the causes and effects of childhood shyness.

Unlocking the Emotions of Cancer

A new mandate requires cancer centers to screen oncology patients for distress.

Double Whammy Discrimination

Health-care providers’ biases and misunderstandings are keeping some older LGBT patients from getting the care they need. Psychologists are working to change that.

Suicide and Intimate Partner Violence

A US federal initiative aims to bring experts from the two fields closer together in an effort to save lives.

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New Zealand Schizophrenia Research Group: next meeting

The next meeting of New Zealand Schizophrenia Research Group will be held in Christchurch (Cashmere Club, near the Port Hills), on September 9th/10th.

Planning for this meeting is now in full swing. They intend to have as a central focus a chaired discussion on the topic of Research Involving Participants with Limited Capacity to Give Informed Consent.

At present, visiting speakers include: Christine Neville (Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Queensland), Brigit Mirfin-Veitch (Director, Donald Beasley Institute, Dunedin), Lynne Bowyer (Bioethics Centre, Otago University), and Helen Bichan (Psychiatrist and Ethicist, Wellington).

Link here for more information.

Fair Funding for the Future of Mental Health

In order for mental health to have a future, we need government and DHBs to change their funding practices. The Fair Funding campaign is calling on the Government and DHBs to do just that.

For more information and to show your support for us, please visit: www.fairfunding.org.nz

Please support us by:

  • Sending an email to MPs and the Chairs and CEOs of the 20 DHBs (an automated email system is set up here: http://www.fairfunding.org.nz/support/thanks)
  • Sharing the campaign details on Facebook
  • Telling as many people as you can about the issue and asking them to show their support by visiting the website, sharing the information and emailing MPs and DHBs about the issue.

There will also be a political debate on the topic at 7pm on Monday the 28th of July at One Tree Hill College in Auckland. Further details to come.

Many thanks for your time and support on this crucial issue,

Laura

Laura Ashton (MSocP (1st class hons), PGDip, BA)
Business Services Manager
Mind and Body Consultants
Ph: (64 9) 630 5909 ext 801
Mob: (027) 212 9225
Fax: (64 9) 630 5944
www.mindandbody.co.nz

Legal Highs Banned Until Proven Safe: Ministry of Health Info Sheet

The Government has banned psychoactive substances as from midnight Wednesday 7th May 2014 until such substances can be deemed totally safe for users.

Click here for some street reactions from The Wireless

It can be expected that some people will have stockpiled supplies and may use them a little more indiscriminately than usual, others may be resorting to illegal means to purchase supplies and others, hopefully most, will choose to no longer use these now illegal substances.

Many previous users will be able to manage their withdrawal process; however others may experience significant withdrawal symptoms that may last for several weeks or even months.

The Ministry of Health has provided a one page sheet providing advice to people withdrawing from psychoactive substances. This sheet may also be helpful for people supporting someone facing withdrawal: Getting Help-Psychoactive Substances