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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.

NZQA Peer Support Training in Auckland 2013

The Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) Level 4 is an NZQA approved course developed specifically for Peer Support Workers to meet the needs of their role.


  • May 15th/16th, 29th/30th
  • June 12th/13th, 26th/27th
  • July 10th/11th, 24th/25th

Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Mind and Body, 395A Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland

Cost: $1035.00 (incl GST) – with scholarship (see below for details)
$3335.00 (incl GST) – without scholarship

This (course) has had an overwhelming positive experience on my life, it’s given me the opportunity to put my knowledge and skills into something I feel very passionate about and at the same time go through my own self development.
~ Certificate in Peer Support student

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) (Level 4)
The challenges of Peer Support are unique. You are required to bring elements of deeply personal experience into a professional setting, and to make difficult decisions on a regular basis about how best to promote recovery. The Certificate in Peer Support ensures you are fully equipped to rise to these challenges, and become great Peer Support Workers.

For more information contact: Philippa Coyle philippa@mindandbody.co.nz 09 630 5909 x817 or visit the website www.mindandbody.ac.nz

Scholarships Available – Auckland NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) (Level 4)
Mind and Body Learning and Development are currently taking applications for scholarships for their Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health), Level 4.

With scholarship the cost of the Certificate is only $1035.00 (incl GST)
Scholarships are limited so be quick to apply!

Applications close: 9am, Monday 15th April 2013

Criteria for receiving a scholarship

To meet the criteria for receiving a scholarship you must:

  • Have made suitable practicum placement arrangements before the start of the course. The practicum component occurs on the job, typically over a six month period
  • Have personal experience of mental illness
  • Have evidence of recovery and strategies for maintaining well-being
  • Have at least level 3 English language and literacy skills

To apply for scholarships please contact:
Philippa Coyle
09 630 5909 x817

Enrolments Open for Peer Support Certificate – Scholarships Available

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) Level 4


  • May 15th/16th, 29th/30th
  • June 12th/13th, 26th/27th
  • July 10th/11th, 24th/25th

Days:                     Wednesdays and Thursdays

Time:                    9.30am – 4.00pm

Venue:                 Mind and Body, 395A Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland

Cost:                      $1035.00 (incl GST) – with scholarship

$3335.00 (incl GST) – without scholarship

Scholarships Available

Applications close: 9am, Monday 15th  April 2013


Contact Philippa Coyle

Business Development Manager, Mind and Body Learning and Development

Mind and Body Consultants Ltd

Ph: (+649) 630 5909 ext 817

Mob: (+6421) 225 3597

Fax: (+649) 630 5944