Hon David Clark
Minister of Health
4 December 2018
Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction represents a once-in-a-generation
opportunity to rethink how we handle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country.
The Government has today publicly released the report of the Inquiry in full, less than a week after receiving it.
“Mental health and addiction are issues for all New Zealanders. Every community and just about every family has someone
in it that has lived with a mental health or addiction challenge.
“The Inquiry heard many stories of people who did not get the help they needed and deserved. We must listen to these
voices of people with lived experience.
“The report charts a new direction for mental health and addiction in New Zealand, one that puts people at the centre of
“It is clear we need to do more to support people as they deal with these issues - and do a lot more to intervene
earlier and support wellbeing in our communities.
“The Inquiry panel has delivered a set of strong and coherent recommendations covering everything from the social
determinants of health and wellbeing, to expanding access to treatment services and taking strong action on alcohol and
“We are working our way carefully through the 40 recommendations and will formally respond in March. I want to be
upfront with the public, however, that many of the issues we’re facing, such as workforce shortages, will take years to
“Reshaping our approach to mental health and addiction is no small task and will take some time. But I’m confident this
report points us in the right direction, and today marks the start of real change for the better,” David Clark says.