INDEPENDENT NEWS

Next steps in improving mental health services

Published: Thu 18 Nov 2010 04:31 PM
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Associate Minister of Health
18 November 2010
Media Statement
Next steps in improving mental health services
Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the Government’s next steps to improve access to mental health and addiction services over the coming year.
Dr Coleman says improving access to services is a priority for the Government and concrete actions are being taken so people can get the help they need sooner.
‘’These steps build on existing mental health strategies Te Tahuhu and Te Kokiri, and deliver a clear set of actions to improve service delivery,’’ Dr Coleman says.
‘’Mental illness and addictions affects thousands of New Zealanders and is a major health issue. Over 116,000 people sought help from mental health and addiction treatment services in the past year.’’
The focus for action is on:
• Moving health resources to increase access to mental health and addiction services.
• Lifting system performance to enhance our communities’ mental health and wellbeing.
• Tackling alcohol and other drug-related harm.
• Integrating efforts across government for better mental health outcomes.
‘’There is some great work already being done in the sector to enhance services and these steps will help strengthen that effort,’’ Dr Coleman says.
‘’The Government’s already moved to provide more treatment for people in need. This year 60 additional residential treatment beds have been made available for methamphetamine users and more resources have been put into treating eating disorders. The Government is taking action to move more services to the frontline and to enhance New Zealanders’ wellbeing and mental health.’’
Copies of the document are available from: www.moh.govt.nz
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Whakatōhea High Court Decision
By: The Maori Party
Judith Collins - Speech To Lower North Island Regional Conference
By: New Zealand National Party
Fair Pay Agreements To Improve Pay And Conditions For Essential Workers
By: New Zealand Government
Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate
By: New Zealand Government
Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer
By: New Zealand National Party
Independent Review To Explore Future For Local Government
By: New Zealand Government
PM Ardern And PM Morrison - Commencement Of Two-way Quarantine-free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand
By: New Zealand Government
Whakatohea Hapū Win Customary Marine Title In High Court
By: Te Ringahuia Hata
Branko Marcetic: Labour’s Pay Freeze Isn’t Just A Betrayal Of Workers – It’s A Rejection Of Mainstream Economic Thinking
By: Victoria University of Wellington
Labour Stuck In 1970s With National Awards 2.0
By: New Zealand National Party
ACT Would Repeal Undemocratic Compulsory Unionism
By: ACT New Zealand
Bus Drivers And Supermarket Workers Will Welcome Fair Pay Agreements
By: First Union
E tū Welcomes Next Steps For Fair Pay Agreements
By: E tu
Fair Pay Agreements Should Be Terminated
By: Business NZ
FPAs Have No Place In Modern Workplace - Canterbury Chamber
By: Canterbury Employers' Chamber Of Commerce
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media