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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

2014 IIMHL Leadership Exchange | Manchester | Scholarships Available

The 2014 Leadership Exchange will be in the Europe region from 9th-13th June with host sites in England, Ireland Scotland and Sweden,  with the venue for a combined two-day meeting on the 12th at Old Trafford, Manchester. A draft agenda will be available soon.

The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) planning group in the UK includes Fran Silvestri (IIMHL President and Chief Executive Officer) and Janet Peters (IIMHL New Zealand International Liaison). In addition Robyn Shearer recently met the planning team in London to brief them on the 2012 experience of hosting the Leadership Exchange. The overall theme for 2014 is: Building international learning collaboratives for leaders.

The two-day combined meeting will take place in Manchester at the Events Centre at the Old Trafford Stadium. Matches will take place in England, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. The Indigenous leaders will meet in Ottawa, Canada. Hotels are now available on the IIMHL website.

From 2014, the host sites and the network meeting will be integrally linked to the topics below. These themes have been agreed by all eight countries. Themes will enable clearer links between policy and practice.


Please visit the IIMHL website to register for the Leadership Exchange.

Topics for IIMHL for 2014 and beyond

In 2014 the topics for IIMHL and the countries hosting the matches are:

  • Suicide prevention (England)
  • Whole-person care: tackling inequalities between physical and mental health (and delivering parity of esteem in England)
  • Seldom heard and socially excluded groups (England)
  • Military and their families (England)
  • Population and public mental health prevention, promotion and wellbeing (PHE to host with partners) (England)
  • Behavioural health workforce development (England)
  • Integrating physical and behavioural health in primary care and sharing risk (England)
  • E-mental health (England)
  • Improving access to talking therapies (England)
  • Recovery (England)
  • Consumer leaders and peer services (England)
  • Family and carers (England)
  • Community crisis response and the crisis pathway (England)
  • Council of clinical leaders: measuring and understanding mental health outcomes and improvement (England)
  • International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health (IKENMH) (Sweden)
  • Trauma informed care; includes reduction of seclusion and restraint (Scotland)
  • Intellectual Disability and Mental Health (join with IIDL) (Ireland)
  • Dementia (Scotland)
  • Children and youth (Sweden)
  • Substance misuse and mental health integration (Sweden)
  • Indigenous leaders (Canada)
  • Clinicians in leadership roles (Ireland)
  • Health information technology (Sweden)
  • Human rights and mental health (Scotland)

The two-day combined meeting 

A draft programme for the two-day meeting in Manchester will be available on the IIMHL website soon.

Ministry of Health scholarships 

In December, the Ministry of Health scholarship process will be advertised on the Ministry of the Health website and Te Pou website. Applications will open to mental health, addiction and disability leaders (including consumer leaders) on 20 January 2014.

Leadership breakfasts

Blueprint for Learning and Te Pou have developed a leaders breakfast network and IIMHL and IIDL leaders have been attending. These meetings are designed to enable networking, connecting and problem solving across the mental health, addiction and disability sectors. People who work in mental health, addiction or disability are welcome!

For more information on Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch breakfasts please contact Brennan Gracie at Blueprintbrennan.gracie@blueprint.co.nz.

For more information on Auckland meetings please contact Lana Griffith at Te Pou: lana.griffith@tepou.co.nz.

Presentations on Individualised Funding Including Respite | Auckland-wide: 15 Oct – 14 Nov 2013

Individualised Funding is a mechanism for using, and paying a support worker directly for, Ministry of Health funded Home & Community Support Services. Individualised Funding (IF) has been increasing in popularity in recent years. 

Soon, Respite will also be able to be managed under Individualised Funding giving families much more choice, control and flexibility in the type and duration of respite they receive for their loved one with a disability. This free seminar will cover the facts and process of Individualised Funding, including important information for families around the use of Respite under this mechanism. This seminar will be useful for any families considering switching to Individualised Funding and/or families currently using Individualised Funding and wishing to include their Respite allocation under this mechanism.

Seminar dates/venue information is below. Presented by Karen Smith of the Ministry of Health. Light refreshments available at the start of each seminar. Bookings essential, please contact Niharika on 636-0351 or niharika@pfrc.org.nz

Individualised Funding (IF) Including Respite

A presentation by Karen Smith, Ministry of Health
Hosted by Parent & Family Resource Centre

Central Auckland

  • Tuesday 15th October 12.30 – 2.30pm Daytime Seminar
  • Independent Living Service
  • 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak

South Auckland

  • Thursday 17th October 7pm – 9pm
  • Nathan Homestead
  • 70 Hill Road, Manurewa

North Auckland

  • Tuesday 22nd October 7 – 9pm
  • YES Disability Resource Centre
  • 3 William Laurie Place, Albany

West Auckland

  • Tuesday 12th November 7 – 9pm
  • Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation
  • 2 Claude Brookes Drive, Henderson

East Auckland

  • Thursday 14th November 7 – 9pm
  • Eastgate Community Trust
  • 427 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga

RSVP is essential: Phone Niharika (09) 636-0351 or email her niharika@pfrc.org.nz

Who Should Attend: 

The Ministry of Health will soon be including access to Respite under Individualised Funding, creating new, flexible ways of taking a break. This seminar will explore the existing Individualised Funding option and the future of IF including Respite.

If you are a disabled person, parent or guardian of a disabled person, you might want more choice about how services will be delivered, when they will be delivered and who will provide your government funded support.

Individualised funding helps you;

  • Employ the support staff you want in your life – people who understand your culture, priorities, preferences and lifestyle choices.
  • Set your own timetable so support staff come and go as you want, so you can build stronger relationships and enjoy a better social life.
  • Source flexible Respite care that best benefits your family (short stay, overnight stay, in-home, in-facility, etc).
  • Identify new sources of support.
  • Take charge of who enters your life and reclaim your priorities.

Study Asks: Do Social Marketing Campaigns Improve Sexual Health for Gay and Bisexual Men?

Taking part in this survey could help uncover important research… and you could win an iPad mini.

It is conducted by Massey University for the Ministry of Health to look at whether current social marketing campaigns are achieving their objectives of better sexual health for gay and bisexual men. The findings will guide the development of future sexual health promotion campaigns.

More information about the study and the survey are at www.shore.ac.nz/shsurvey

Govt Considers New Way of Contracting for Mental-Health Services: Social Bonds

NZ Council of Social Services – Social Bonds

The Ministry of Health and Treasury have been investigating if Social Bonds can be used in New Zealand.  They are being used in limited ways in England, Australia and the USA.

What are Social Bonds?

Along with other initiatives like social lending, and microlending, social bonds are a way to access funding for the NGO sector outside of government. Government guarantees the investor a return on their investment if a pre-determined set of social outcomes are achieved.

The pure form of working with social bonds is as follows; ( the final idea maybe a hybrid of bonds and government funding)

  • The provider wishes to provide services and will work with a government agency to decide outcomes and the payment that will be made if outcomes successfully achieved. The agreed amount should cover both the cost of service plus an agreed reward for achieving the desired outcomes.
  •  The provider then finds an investor(s) who will fund the cost of the service.  Eg: a corporate, or a philanthropic organisation.
  •  At the term of the contract, if the outcomes have been met, government will then pay the amount agreed to the provider and/or investor.

Points to understand:

Government does NOT pay upfront.  Government will contract for results and pay after an agreed period if the service outcomes have been achieved.  If, for example, the service contract is for 3-5 years, the payment from government will not occur until that contract has been concluded and outcomes met

Possible Benefits:(from seminar in Wellington with representatives of Health and Treasury)

  • Providers will not be required to explain to government how they achieve outcomes.  This will give more opportunity to deliver the best way rather than the required way.
  •  There should be less paperwork from government.
  •  There should be greater flexibility with resources from external sources, money could be paid immediately rather than drip fed over time, and organisations could have longer term contracts to enable outcomes to be achieved.
  •  Organisations receiving funding from external sources would not be tied to political terms and ministerial imperatives.

Possible Risks and questions:

  • May not be able to agree to outcomes.
  •  May not be able to prove outcomes.
  •  What if you fail to provide outcomes, yet owe an external funder back the upfront investment plus interest?
  •  What are the mechanisms that will enable payment from government?
  •  If philanthropic organisations spend their grant monies on these projects, what happens to other applicants who are not involved with social bonds who normally receive funding from these sources?
  •  How do organisations make sure that the external providers of funding are appropriate?  Eg: gun manufacturers etc

This is clearly a shift of risk from government to the NGOs and to finance providers in the marketplace.  Those working on the Social Bonds Project are asking these questions.

  • What would the risks, costs and benefits be?
  • What outcomes could services aim for?
  • How would success in achieving outcomes be measured?
  • When and how would groups be paid?

The scoping project will run to June 2013 when a paper will be ready for cabinet to consider whether a social bond pilot should take place in New Zealand.  Please ensure you attend any seminars near you to get fuller information on this alternative procurement route being considered.

Nationwide Disability Services Consumer Forums 2013 Schedule 18 Feb – 25 March

2013 consumer forums

The Ministry of Health would like to hear your comments and ideas about the disability services they purchase.

More information please see here http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/disability-projects-and-programmes/consumer-forums-hui-fono/2013-consumer-forums

The Ministry of Health is committed to enabling people with disabilities to lead a good life. Disability Support Services staff will be travelling to towns around NZ to let you know what the Ministry plans to do over the next few years. Your questions, comments and ideas will help them to get it right.

Who attends?

If you are a person with a disability, a family member or friend of a person with a disability we would welcome your attendance at these forums. You do not need to be a current user of Ministry-funded disability support services.

Where will the forums be held?

Four forums, one hui and one fono are being held in both the North and South Islands. The schedule below shows when they are coming to your area. Hui and fono will focus on improving disability services to Maori and Pasifika peoples.

How to register

It is important that you register if you would like to come along, for catering. You can register using the 0800 phone number OR the text number OR register online OR the email address below:

Sign Language Interpreters will be available at each meeting, other language interpreters will be arranged on request.

What topics will be covered?

  • the new model for supporting people with a disability
  • respite
  • individualised funding
  • choices in community living
  • supported living options
  • carer support
  • child and youth projects
  • behaviour support

It is hoped the forums, hui and fono will provide you with useful information and give you an opportunity to share ideas and give feedback.

Schedule of Disability Services Consumer Forums 2013

Locations, Dates, Meeting Times and Venues

  • Whangarei Forum: Monday 18 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Kingsgate Hotel Whangarei 9 Riverside Drive Whangarei
  • Auckland Fono: Tuesday 19 February 9:30am – 2:00pm Waipuna Hotel 58 Waipuna Rd Mt. Wellington, Auckland
  • Auckland Forum: Wednesday 20 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Waipuna Hotel 58 Waipuna Rd Mt. Wellington, Auckland
  • Hamilton Forum: Thursday 21 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Kingsgate Hotel Hamilton 100 Garnet Ave Te Rapa Hamilton
  • Hamilton Hui: Friday 22 February 9:30am – 2:00pm Kirikiriroa Marae 180 Dey Street, Hamilton East
  • Napier Forum: Monday 25 February 9:30am – 1:00pm Napier Memorial Conference Centre 48 Marine Parade Napier
  • Christchurch Forum: Monday 18 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue Christchurch
  • Christchurch Hui: Tuesday 19 March 9:30am – 2:00pm Rehua Marae 79 Springfield Road Christchurch
  • Christchurch Fono: Wednesday 20 March 9.30am – 2.00pm Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue Christchurch
  • Dunedin Forum: Thursday 21 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind Cnr Hillside and Law Streets, South Dunedin
  • Invercargill Forum: Friday 22 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust 135 Bowmont Street Invercargill
  • Wellington Forum: Monday 25 March 9:30am – 1:00pm Brentwood Hotel 9 Kemp Street Kilbirnie Wellington

Reminder: Feedback on the Draft Service Development Plan Before 2 Nov 2012

Changing Minds have made it super easy to give feedback on Rising to the Challenge, the draft service development plan for the mental-health and addictions sector for the next five years. 

They’ve put online links to the consultation document and the feedback form in their latest e-newsletter, which you can find if you FOLLOW THIS LINK and scroll down to the second item “Rising to the Challenge – Submit!”

Feedback closes on Friday 2 November 2012 at 5.00 pm

Send your feedback to SDP@moh.govt.nz

The Ministry of Health has released for stakeholder consultation a document titled Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012–2017.

The Plan incorporates key themes from Blueprint II and advances the Government’s focus on efficiency and outcomes.

Your input is important. You don’t have to comment on everything. You could pick one section that is important to you and provide feedback on that. Each section is only a few pages long and details how the ministry proposes to implement each of their identified actions. You can help them get it right.

The main sections in the report are:

  1. Actively using our current resources more effectively
  2. Building infrastructure for integration between primary and specialist services
    • Plans include a central store of information about your mental-health and addictions history that is electronically available to all healthcare clinicians involved in any aspect of your healthcare
  3. Cementing and building on gains in resilience and recovery for those most vulnerable and for people with low-prevalence conditions and/or high needs
  4. Cementing and building on gains in resilience and recovery for those most vulnerable and for other vulnerable population groups (Māori, Pacific peoples, refugees and asylum seekers, people with disabilities and those living under economic deprivation)
  5. Delivering increased access for all age groups while building resilience and averting future adverse outcomes for infants, children and youth
  6. Delivering increased access for all age groups while increasing service integration and effectiveness for adults with high-prevalence conditions
  7. Delivering increased access for all age groups while respecting and protecting the positive contribution of our growing older population
  8. Supporting and strengthening our workforce

Consultation workshops are being conducted around the country for the rest of October. 

Ministry of Health Consultation on Paying Family Carers: Mangere 16 October

All are invited to a community workshop on UNCRPD and the Ministry of Health consultation on paying family carers.

Tuesday 16 October 2012

1 – 3.30pm (tea and coffee from 12-30pm)

Mangere Community Law Centre, off Waddon Place, Mangere

The Ministry of Health is having consultation meetings in Auckland on 10 October.  Full information about their consultation is available online:  http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/consultation-paying-family-carers-provide-disability-support-2012

Community Consultation on The Ministry’s Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan

The Ministry of Health is releasing for stakeholder consultation Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012 – 2017.  The purpose of the Plan is to provide direction for mental health and addiction service delivery across the health sector over the next five years, and to clearly articulate Government expectations about what changes are needed to build on and enhance gains made in the delivery of mental health and addictions in recent years. The Plan incorporates key themes from Blueprint II and advances the Government’s focus on better performing public services. The plan has also been informed by input from preliminary sector consultations.

The consultation period will run from 8 October 2012 to 2 November 2012.  Feedback closes on Friday 2 November 2012 at 5.00 pm. Please note that any feedback forms received after this time will not be included in the analysis of feedback.

How to respond

You can respond using the consultation response questionnaire attached to the consultation document. Email your local coordinator to request a consultation document and feedback form.

Attend a regional consultation workshop in your region during October.

You may already be aware of these meetings.  If not, please email the contact person identified for further details if you wish to attend.

Your views and feedback are welcome and can be provided:

a) by email to:  SDP@moh.govt.nz

b)   in writing to:  April-Mae Marshall, Mental Health Service Improvement Group,  Ministry of Health,  PO Box 5013,  Wellington.

All feedback forms will be acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and a summary of feedback will be sent to all those who request a copy. We look forward to your feedback which will assist us to finalise this document.

Ministry Consultation on Payment for Family Carers

Please find below the information about the Ministry of Health’s consultation on payment for family carers.

The Ministry is holding workshops in various cities.

  • Workshops afternoon and evening, Dunedin, Tuesday 2nd October.
  • Workshops afternoon and evening, Christchurch, Wednesday 3rd October.
  • Workshops afternoon and evening, Wellington, Monday 8th October.
  • Workshops afternoon and evening, Hamilton, Tuesday 9th October.
  • Workshops afternoon and evening, Auckland, Wednesday 10th October.
  • Workshops afternoon and evening, Palmerston North, Tuesday 16th October.

Please let Auckland Disability Law know if you would like them to coordinate an additional independent community hui in Auckland to discuss the consultation and to assist people in completing their own submissions.

The closing date and time for submissions is 5 pm, Tuesday 6 November 2012


Auckland Disability Law
Phone 09 257 5140
Fax 09 275 4693
Mobile 0274575140
email info@adl.org.nz