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Public Info Seminars about Ministry of Health’s Information Sharing Changes: Invercargill, Auckland, Nelson

Consultation on Changes to Public Health Service Specifications

If you are a non-profit organisation contracted to provide Public Health services, we invite you to attend one of four pre-consultation meetings about possible changes to the Public Health Tier 1 Service Specifications.

The Ministry of Health will formally consult on a new Public Health Tier 1 service specification later this year.

Tier 1 specifications are used as part of the service contracting processes, so changes will affect many NGO providers.

The NGO Working Group thinks it important that community providers have an opportunity to help inform development of the consultation document BEFORE likely changes are identified.

To assist with this process and give you a chance to influence the contracting process, the Working Group has organised four face-to-face events (in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch) in conjunction with the Public Health team in National Services Purchasing within the Ministry of Health.

9:30am-12:30pm, Monday 25th June 2012
Clifton’s Training & Seminar Centre,
Level 2, Tower Centre, 45 Queen Street, Auckland Central

1:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday 26th June 2012
St John’s Conference Centre,
Cnr of Willis & Dixon Sts, Wellington

1:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday 5th July 2012
Kakapo Room, Ground Floor, Otago Museum
419 Great King Street, Dunedin

10:00am-1:00pm, Thursday 12th July 2012
Pohutakawa Room, Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
45 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch

There is also an online discussion space where you can share your thoughts.

To RSVP for one of the workshops, please e-mail your details to secretariat@ngo.health.govt.nz or grant.ald@xtra.co.nz

Grant Aldridge, Secretariat, Health & Disability NGO Working Group

A guide to developing health education resources in New Zealand Released

Rauemi Atawhai – A guide to developing health education resources in New Zealand

Rauemi Atawhai – A guide to developing health education resources in New Zealand has been developed to help the Ministry of Health and its contractors produce effective and appropriate health education resources that meet the needs of the intended audience, are easy to understand, and support improved health literacy.

Read more

Play Computer Games to Combat Depression

SPARX Self-Help Computer Programme

SPARX is a self-help computer programme for young people with symptoms of depression. The programme has been funded by the Ministry of Health and developed by a University of Auckland team which specialises in treating adolescent depression. Check out the award winning game here http://www.sparx.org.nz/

Latest Health and Disabiity NGO Email Update from Ministry of Health

A recent report on the suicide prevention action plan, developments in youth forensic services, and working together to keep children safe are all topics covered in the latest update from the Health and Disability NGO Email Update.

All updates are available http://www.ngo.health.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexcm/ngo-news-updates?Open&m_id=2.1.

Or to subscribe to regular email updates email ngo@moh.govt.nz

Mental Health 101 Workshop for Muslim People 24 & 25 May 2012

This Ministry of Health funded workshop is free for Muslim people who work in non-mental health frontline government and social agency roles. Details to register for one of these workshops is on the attached flyer, or more information can be found at www.mh101.co.nz

Nationwide Ministry of Health Resources

for your information and reference – Nationwide resources….provided by Ministry of Health across New Zealand

Support and help for individuals


  • Lifeline 0800 543 354
  • Lifeline’s Suicide helpline 0508 TAUTOKO
  • Youthline 0800 376 633
  • Kidsline 0800 543 754 (weekdays 4-6 pm)
  • What’s Up 0800 942 8787 (one to 11 pm 7 days, for young people aged 5 to 18)
  •  Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Samaritans 0800 826 666 (lower North Island and Upper South Island) provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support through their telephone helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to people in distress and at risk of dying by suicide.
  • Healthline 0800 611 116


  • The Lowdown (for young people) www.thelowdown.co.nz or freetext 5626
  • The Depression website www.depression.org.nz  which provides information about depression and an online depression self-management programme ‘The Journal’ presented by John Kirwan, which is backed up by online and phone base personalised support services.
  • Samaritans www.samaritans.org.nz


  • Primary care professional or general practitioner
  • Community mental health service through the local district health boards (contact details in the white pages or at www.moh.govt.nz/districthealthboards

Support for families and friends

General Information Sources

  • Ministry of Health www.moh.govt.nz/suicideprevention – information about suicide and suicide prevention, facts, and Ministry publications
  • Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand www.spinz.org.nz – the national information service to provide high quality information to promote safe and effective suicide prevention activities.
  • The Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.nz provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whanau and friends.

Crown Entities Reform – HPA

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) – Crown Entities Reform Bill

The Government has introduced legislation to establish a new Health Promotion Agency (HPA) with the intention that it will be up and running by the middle of 2012. The Crown Entities Reform Bill covers the Health Promotion Agency and reforms some other crown organisations, including bringing together the Health Sponsorship Council, ALAC and some functions of the Ministry of Health into the HPA. The Bill is being considered by the Government Administration Select Committee (not the Health Select Committee).

Submissions are now being accepted. To keep reading, visit www.hauora.co.nz/health-promotion-agency-hpa-crown-entities-reform-bill.html

Click below for the latest newsletter from the Public Health Association, who summarise the results of their submission on the HPA.


NGO-MoH Forum: 29 March 2012 – Register Now

You are invited to register for the Health and Disability Sector NGO-MoH Forum on Thursday 29 March 2012.

The NGO-MoH National Forum will be held from 9:00am-3:30pm at Level 4, Deloitte Lounge, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

The theme of the Forum is ‘Health Care in the Community – Connections, Collaboration & Challenges’.

This is our first National Forum since 2010 and will be a great opportunity to connect and network with other health providers from throughout the country.

Speakers and presentations will include:

  •  Senior Ministry of Health officials, a government Minister (tbc) and NGO practitioners
  •  A keynote address on ‘Future Pressures on the Health System’ – exploring health disparities and Māori ethical frameworks
  • Expert panellists sharing their visions for the future of primary health care
  •  Workshops on overcoming barriers to collaborative community health services and creating solutions.

A detailed programme will be available in mid-late February, but now is the time to book.

There is no registration fee to attend the forum.

Please email, fax or post the attached form to Grant Aldridge in the NGO Secretariat. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by phone or email.  If you have any questions about registration, ring Grant on 04 233 0178.

Don’t delay!

Anyone with an interest in NGO health and disability sector issues is welcome. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first in, first served basis. You can read more about the activities of the NGO Working Group at: