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AUT and Changing Minds: Quality of Life Issues During Mental Health Recovery

AUT and Changing Minds are interested in hearing what people think and feel about Quality of Life and mental health recovery.

AUT and Changing Minds are seeking interested people with lived experience of mental health recovery to take part in a focus group and some exercises to help answer this question.

Answers will help them to identify the most important life issues for people living with and recovering from mental illness.

Feel free to pass on this invitation to others who could also be interested in participating. A voucher for your time and refreshments will be provided. Thank you!

For further information or if you would like to participate, please contact Margaret, so she can arrange a suitable time to meet. Email or text on:


Phone: 021 2177 377


Niu Nesia Speaks: Spoken Word Workshops to Explore Identity with Young People

  • Are you of mixed Pacific heritage, born in Aotearoa & aged 16-24 years old?
  • Interested in exploring the story of your identity through spoken word poetry?

You are invited to an info evening for a  FREE 8 week Spoken Word Poetry programme as part of Grace Taylor’s Masters research project. Email grace.teuila@gmail.com


Not Your Usual Hui: 7 June 2013


Contact Cissy Rock for more information: Cissy.Rock@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up Epic Networking Event 4 Sep 2012

The Yes Disability Resource Centre invites you to the The Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up

It’s Facebook live…

An epic networking event. Whether you’re a young person or young at heart, have a disability or people who know of people who do, work and innovate within the disability sector, or see the power of collaboration when various sectors work together, this Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up is for you. With presentations from:

AUT, Dotty Wobble, Unique-Extras, Curative, Disabled Snowsprots, Special Olympics, Magnet, Inter-acting, Renaissance Group, Auckland Council

Each presenter will be sprinting through their powerful presentation in 7 minutes, empowering you with clarity as to how they can be a part of your life. Further more this is your opportunity to hear what makes them tick.

Ultimately we are wanting to form a cohesion between the silos within our sector by sharing the views of those who do not attend the more traditional network meetings facilitated by short-bread biscuits and home-spun jumpers. We live in 2012, it’s time to jazz up the way we interact and connect and form those bridges that allow us to expand our horizons. Facebook and other social media is great but we need to step back to face-to-face communication sometime – if we’re always talking to the same people we don’t move forward.

An event exploding with inspiration, information, innovation and cohesion, there is a lot for you to ‘like’ on the 4th of September from 10 – 12:30 at the Roskill Youth Zone 740 Sandringham Road.

Be sure to RSVP and extend the invite as far as you can dream.

Check them out on Facebook and make the day awesome

AUT Study Explores Recovery from Depression: Participants Needed

Advertisement for research participants

“Journey to wellness: an exploration of depression, treatment and recovery from a service-user perspective”

The aim of this study is to explore the personal experience of people who have been diagnosed and treated for depression in the New Zealand mental health system and who would now consider themselves to be living in recovery.

It is hoped that this study will contribute to a better understanding of the experience of treatment and recovery for people diagnosed with common mental disorders like depression, in New Zealand. This will both help to reduce social stigma by acknowledging depression as a common experience as well as help to review what aspects of treatment and support are most helpful in the journey to recovery. This will be helpful for mental health services as well as family and friends of those who experience depression and the wider community.

They are looking for participants to interview who:

  • Have been given a diagnosis of depression by a GP or other mental health professional.
  • Have had some treatment prescribed ie: a course of CBT or other therapy and/or antidepressant medication.
  • Have used mental health services for a period of two years or less and may or may not have completed the recommended treatment.
  • Would consider themselves to be in recovery. (The Mental Health Commission defines recovery as a journey to living well, with or without the ongoing effects of mental illness.)
  • Are New Zealand residents, speak English fluently and currently reside in Auckland.
  • Are between 20 and 40 years old.

If you meet these criteria and you would like to share your story, or you would like more information about what is involved, please contact the researcher directly at barbara.j.pike@gmail.com with your best contact details.

Recruitment is open until the end of June 2012.

Please feel free to spread this advertisement through your networks or invite any family or friends you know who would be interested in participating.

This research has bee approved by the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee on 31 May 2012, AUTEC Reference number 12/93.

Power Relations in Communication Reading Resource

Ruth De Souza recently had a chapter on Power Relations published in a book called Communication Across the Lifespan. She very kindly emailed this out amongst the community, as it is valuable reading for any mental-health or health practitioner.


Many practitioners see themselves as apolitical and powerless, particularly with regard to their relationships with the structures of medicine and management. However, in reality practitioners are powerful both as individuals and as members of the groups with which they identify. The structures and cultures within which most health and disability practitioners exist and work are based on beliefs and practices that constrain autonomy. These constraints are at work through a number of mechanisms, such as the market, the infusion of targets and performance measures and quality programmes (Newman & Vidler, 2006). In addition, the changing role of consumers or service users from passive recipients of care in the past to people who may be informed, empowered, articulate and ‘demanding’ poses a threat to the ‘knowledge–power knot’ on which professional power rests.

When practitioners view themselves as people who are doing good, they tend to lack awareness of their complicity and embeddedness in relations of power that structure inequality. Yet, power is embedded in everyday practices and interactions (Bradbury Jones, Sambrook & Irvine, 2008). Practitioners within the wider health and disability sectors contribute to social regulation through their roles as employees of the state. They enact government policies for the benefit of the health of the citizens of the state; so they are both governed and governing. Members of recognised professional groups are provided with a moral authority by their capacity to define problems and pose solutions, and their role in defining and evaluating good or normal behaviour and health practices through surveillance of the population and the criteria for interventions on behalf of the state (Gilbert, 2001, p. 201).

These ambivalent relationships with power that are evident among health professionals require exploration. This can be done by considering the various ways in which power is conceptualised and the micro and macro definitions of empowerment. Some shifts in power have occurred in the last few decades, largely influenced by various social movements. Maternity and mental health are two particular examples of professional practice and service delivery in which power can be recognised and ideas of empowerment can be translated meaningful engagement between service delivery and those who engage with the service.”

Click here to read the full chapter.

Ruth DeSouza, Senior Lecturer (Wed/Thurs and Fri am), Division of Health Care Practice, AUT University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142

AUT Advanced Nursing in Mental Health Course 2nd Semester 2012

Advanced Nursing in Mental Health: Postgraduate study

AUT’s Nursing mental health stream has been developed to assist Nurses nationally to improve consumer/tangata whai ora care in the diverse field of mental health.

This qualification provides you the skills to develop advanced mental health and physical health knowledge, clinical reasoning and practice skills, alongside an opportunity for you to specialise in one of 4 areas; Addictions, Talking Therapies, Recovery/Rehabilitation and Leadership & Management

After completing the Mental Health stream within the MHSc (Advanced Nursing Practice), you can choose to further your studies and complete our Nurse Practitioner programme with or without prescribing.

This qualification will suit Nurses who are currently in practice  and wish to advance their career in mental health.  We offer you a range of study options, that include: on campus and online methods of delivery.

The first paper in this stream will be offered next semester in both Auckland and Wellington. Science for Advanced Practice (589661) 30 Points

Paper Leader: Georgina Casey RGON, BSc (Anatomy & Physiology). PGDipSci (Anatomy), MPhil (Nursing), DipTeach (Tertiary).

Georgina co-ordinates the postgraduate science paper as well as assisting in the delivery of the post-graduate pharmacology papers and undergraduate papers in pharmacology, pathophysiology and nursing. Her clinical background is in general medicine and care of the elderly. Georgina is passionate about promoting the role of science in nursing practice.

Teaching style, dates and location details

This paper involves two days of face to face teaching in semester 2, 2012. Students use on-campus and collaborative online learning opportunities to develop their understanding of human biological sciences in health and during abnormal function. This knowledge is applied to health conditions encountered in the students’ areas of advanced practice. Teaching dates include:

  • Auckland, AUT University North Shore Campus, Friday 13th July and Friday 21st September 2012 (9am to 4pm)


  • Wellington, Weltec City Campus, Monday 16th July and Monday 24th September 2012 (9am to 4pm)

For further enquiries.

Korean Youth Career Forum 19 April 2012

Free  Korean Youth Career Forum

  • Thursday 19th April.
  • VENUE: AUT University, North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland
  •  Age 15-19 years. Lunch will be provided.

The forum will provide tools and strategies for around 50 Korean high school students to plan their future career pathway, with an expert facilitator from AUT, as well as workshops on talking to parents, your rights and the law, and building a CV.

Also, Joshua Jang will give a live DJ performance.

  • RSVP to kyfnz2012@gmail.com by 18th April, or call 09 362 7993 to book a place.
  • Enquiries: Iain Sands, Tel: (09) 362 7993