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30 November 2021

Kia ora e te whānau

It is hard to believe we’re heading into the festive season but there is no winding down for the year just yet as a great deal of mahi continues to happen across Te Pou and Blueprint for Learning.

I find it energising during these busy and challenging times to take time to focus on all the good things that are happening. One of these is coming up this Friday 3 December. It is International Day of Disabled Persons, and Te Pou will be hosting a virtual celebration via live stream, which I hope you will be able to join us for. See below for more information.

I’m pleased to announce we launched a new grant last week for adult forensic workforce development. This one-off grant is designed for non-clinical and cultural kaimahi (staff) working in regional adult forensic mental health services. It has been a challenging year for kaimahi and tāngata whai ora accessing forensic mental health and addiction services. We hope this grant will assist recipients to gain new knowledge that helps with their mahi, and supports the development of this valued and growing workforce.

In other exciting news, we are thrilled to have an article accepted into the Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. The research in the article looks at the value of the co-facilitation model used in the Blueprint for Learning workshops, where a facilitator with lived experience and a facilitator with clinical experience work alongside each other. This is the first large study of its kind in New Zealand and provides useful information for the design and delivery of other mental health literacy programmes.

As you may recall, He Ara Oranga found that the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 should be repealed and replaced. The consultation process to repeal and replace the Act is now underway, closing 28 January 2022. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create mental health legislation that is Te Tiriti o Waitangi-informed and human-centred. In December, Te Whāriki o te Ara Oranga and the KPI Programme are hosting a special hui looking specifically at Part 7 of the Act – considering the use, or prohibition, of seclusion, restraint, or other restrictive practices.  There are also several Ministry of Health consultation sessions coming up. More details are included in this e-bulletin.  

We will have one more e-bulletin before the end of year. In the meantime, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Ngā mihi,


International Day of Disabled Persons 2021: A virtual celebration

Join Te Pou at 12pm on Friday 3 December to virtually celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons 2021. Celebrated internationally, this day is about celebrating the contributions disabled people and tāngata whaikaha make to our communities. There will be entertainment and short speeches by disabled people, tāngata whaikaha and allies. This free event is a celebration for disabled people, family/whānau and allies.

The event will be live streamed so there is no need to register. We have closed captions and NZSL interpreters at the event.

Join the International Day of Disabled Persons celebration here.

Announcing the new Forensic Mental Health Services Workforce Development Grant

An exciting new workforce development grant is currently available for non-clinical and cultural kaimahi (staff) working in regional adult forensic mental health services. The grant will help cover the costs to take part in a course or training programme that aligns with the Let’s get real framework and will help participants to improve health outcomes for Māori accessing forensic mental health services.

The grant is available to people who:
  • work in a regional adult forensic mental health service (DHB or NGO) 
  • are employed a minimum of 0.4FTE
  • are engaged in direct service provision that influences the experiences of the people accessing the service.

Applications are now open, and close at midday on Friday 4 February 2022. This is a one-time-only grant opportunity so we encourage applicants to apply early.

Find out about the grant and apply here.

New Te Pou and Blueprint research: Co-facilitation of a mental health literacy programme 

A recent study, published in The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, shows facilitators with lived experience of mental health challenges enhance delivery of the Blueprint for Learning MH101® (mental health) workshop. The lived experience stories facilitators shared help to improve people’s understanding of mental health and provides them with hope.

Having two facilitators deliver the workshop - one with lived experience and one with clinical experience - is unique to MH101® in Aoteoroa New Zealand. The study showed that people value having two facilitators who bring different knowledge and perspectives. The programme works best when both facilitators contribute equally to delivery, and they work in partnership together.

An MH101® lived experience facilitator says “the paper demonstrates how the use of effective co-facilitation alongside personal stories left a lasting impression on participants. Stories, in particular, enable people to connect with the humanness of the experience”.

Find out more about the study and see the full article here.

Seclusion data dashboards now live 

The new seclusion data dashboards are now live on the Mental Health and Addiction Key Performance Indicators Programme website. Seclusion indicators provide valuable insights into the frequency and duration of seclusion events in DHB acute mental health inpatient services. The new dashboards were developed in consultation with the mental health and addiction sector and tāngata whai ora representatives to help inform continuous improvement initiatives that progress least restrictive practice objectives across the motu.

The dashboards include functionality to enable users to:

  • compare seclusion measures nationally, by individual DHB and within Forensic services 
  • explore seclusion event data per 100,000 population and 1,000 bed nights 
  • filter by prioritised ethnicity, gender and age
  • identify when seclusion is used and for how long
  • understand how frequently tāngata whai ora experience seclusion more than once during an inpatient admission.

Users must be registered to access the data dashboard. If you have any questions about the new seclusion dashboards or require support to access or use the data visualisation tools, email the KPI Programme team

See the seclusion data dashboard or register as a user here.

Learn how to use the new seclusion data dashboards

The new seclusion data dashboards include a range of functionality designed to support users to uncover insights and learnings to inform continuous service improvement initiatives.

Join the KPI Programme team via Zoom on Thursday 2 December 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30am to learn how to optimise your use of the new seclusion dashboards.

Register here

NGO new graduate nurses

If you are a nurse or are employing a nurse new to working within the mental health and addiction sector, funding may be available through the Skills Matter programme for them to complete the new entry to specialist practice (NESP) programme. Te Pou funds this programme on behalf of the Ministry of Health. It is available for nurses in their first year of practice, or who are new to the practice area of mental health and addiction. Te Pou holds aside 20 places per year for NGO nurses that meet the criteria. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact

Find out more about the NESP nursing programme here.

Mental Health First Aid 4th edition launched in Aotearoa New Zealand

We are very excited to announce that the fourth edition of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is officially available in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Since becoming the national license holder in 2020, the team at Te Pou have been busy adapting the fourth edition of the programme for the Aotearoa New Zealand context. Through the adaptation process, we have been clear about honouring our cultural context and lived experience. In addition to adapting the workshop materials, specific guidelines have been developed for delivering MHFA within Māori, Pacific and Rainbow communities.

While rollout of the updated programme has been hampered by Covid-19 restrictions, in October we delivered the first upskill training via Zoom to a group of existing instructors who have been working with the previous MHFA programme. This was to bring them up to speed with the new content. In November, Humanex delivered the first workshop in the Bay of Plenty.

Read more about MHFA and the first 4th edition workshop here.

While we have not been able to proceed with new instructor training this year, these will go ahead in 2022. If you are interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aid instructor, please email

Let's get real stories

Leaders are often asking for examples of how Let’s get real is being used in organisations. We are excited to have published a range of stories illustrating how Let’s get real is being used across mental health and addiction, wider health and education settings. Thank you to our Let’s get real champions who have described how they have been using our tools and resources to promote better outcomes for people and whānau accessing services.

Find our Let’s get real stories here.

Please contact if you have a story to share!

ADOM report 11 out now

The eleventh national report for ADOM is now available, covering July 2020 to June 2021. While there are many interesting findings in this report, one of the most important is that tāngata whai ora starting treatment in addiction services commonly report alcohol as their main substance of concern. As tāngata whai ora get older this becomes more evident. An infographic is also available that highlights the key findings. 

See ADOM report 11 here

HoNOS national reports

The latest Health of the Nation Outcome Scale (HoNOS) national reports are now available. The reports cover the period July 2020 to June 2021. HoNOS is a clinician-rated tool used to measure the mental health and social functioning of people using services. National reports are available for HoNOS, HoNOS65+ and HoNOSCA.

One of the main takeaways is in the HoNOSCA report. It shows that at admission for community child and adolescent mental health services there are five items in the clinical range: with emotional and related symptoms; family/whānau life and relationships; over-activity, attention, concentration; and peer relationships having the highest proportion of problems.

This national HoNOSCA report infographic highlights the key findings from each section of the report.

See the HoNOS national reports here.

5-Step Method

Joseph ​Whitton and Vern ​Kelly, Auckland based caseworkers from the Salvation Army Oasis, have recently succeeded in completing their accreditation as 5-Step Method practitioners, despite the obstacles of living and working through lockdowns. 

They are now equipped to provide an evidenced-based and trauma-informed approach to help whānau members experiencing the negative effects of their relative’s problematic substance use or gambling. The 5-Step Method enables whānau to respond and cope more effectively, while looking after their own wellbeing.

The Salvation Army Oasis is a preventing and minimising gambling harm service, funded by the Ministry of Health. Counselling is free of charge for all family members and other people affected by someone else's gambling. Options for support include individual, couple and family sessions with or without the person with gambling issues present. 

Lived experience update

This quarter has seen a large increase in sector consultation, such as the engagement on the proposed system and services framework and the repeal and replacement of the Mental Health Act. It is important to acknowledge that the consumer, peer support and lived experience (CPSLE) workforce has continued to lead, advocate, and collaborate within multiple consultation processes while also navigating heightened demands on CPSLE work. 

There is a lot of work ahead to realise the projects captured within the CPSLE Strategy Action Plan. The first Strategy Action Plan Advisory Group meeting, held on 12 November, was an opportunity for everyone to meet, determine how the advisory group will operate and set expectations. 

In 2022, there will be Strategy Action Plan consultation forums facilitated by the Te Pou lived experience team. These will cover CPSLE workforce data, supervision coaching and mentoring, training and professional development, and resources for people accessing services and whānau. More information about the forums will be out in the New Year.

Read more about the work of the Lived experience team here.

Tauwhāinga (Events)

Visit the Te Pou event calendar to view all events. To add your event to the calendar sign in or create an account.

Te Whāriki o te Ara Oranga and the KPI Programme present: Re-imagining mental health legislation that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi and human rights

Wednesday 15 December 2021, 1.00 to 2.00pm via Zoom

The consultation process underway to repeal and replace the Mental Health Act provides a once in a generation opportunity to inform and shape legislation that upholds Te Tiriti o Waitangi and protects the human rights of people who access mental health services in Aotearoa.

While all parts of the process hold equal importance, members of Te Whāriki o te Ara Oranga (Whāriki) and the KPI Programme have indicated a special interest in contributing their perspectives to Part 7 – considering the use, or prohibition, of seclusion, restraint, or other restrictive practices.

To respond, Whāriki and the KPI Programme have partnered to deliver a special hui dedicated to section 7.4.2 of the Transforming our Mental Health Law discussion document.

The hui includes a panel of lived experience, technical and cultural experts who will wānanga and connect attendees with information and data to support individual and organisational submissions that address the use or discontinued use of seclusion, restraint and other restrictive practices.

Find out more and register here.

Ngā pānui (Sector notices)

Clinicians and digital mental health tools - exploring knowledge, attitudes and training needs

A University of Auckland study is interested to see if and how New Zealand mental health clinicians and trainees use digital mental health tools and what they think of them. We are seeking New Zealand Registered Health Practitioners (RHPs) or trainees in the mental health sector to participate in our study (survey/ optional follow-up interviews).

What are digital mental health tools?

By digital mental health tools, we mean online and smartphone (app) resources designed to support emotional wellbeing. These tools may include apps such as Headspace or Mentemia, and mood trackers or websites such as The Lowdown or Just A Thought.

Find out more and complete the survey here.

Repealing and replacing the Mental Health Act

Consultation events - November 2021 to January 2022

The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 has not kept pace with the shift towards a recovery and wellbeing approach to care and has never been comprehensively reviewed.

There is a focus on completely repealing and replacing the Mental Health Act and the Ministry of Health has recently opened consultation to find out what mental health legislation in New Zealand should look like. You can find out more by reading the discussion document.

To support this consultation, there are a range of consultation sessions scheduled so people can submit their views through an online workshop format. You can register for a session below. Please note that to ensure that all voices can be heard, there are limited spaces available in each session.

Mental health sector consultation sessions

These sessions are tailored for people working in district health boards, community providers, or other health agencies, government departments or crown entities, and anyone else with a professional interest in mental health law, such as lawyers, academics, and professional bodies.

Lived Experience, Māori, and Pacific sessions

In addition to the general and wider mental health sector sessions, the Ministry have created a Lived Experience Engagement Team led by Hannah Whittaker-Komatsu and a Māori Engagement Ropu led by Phyllis Tangitu and Dean Rangihuna.

The lived experience sessions are tailored for anyone with a personal experience of mental distress, difference and/or addiction, so please feel free to share the information available here about the sessions to anyone in this community.

In addition, the Ministry is also planning consultation hui and fono for Māori and Pacific stakeholders. Please reach out to Phyllis Tangitu for details on engagement with Māori, and the team for more information on tailored sessions for Pacific people.

Get in touch

The team at the Ministry of Health is happy to come to any existing forums and share information, run a mini consultation with your group, or arrange an out-of-hours or weekend session. Simply email to arrange this.

Mahi wātea (Job vacancies)

A wide range of sector vacancies are advertised on the Te Pou website. To list your vacancy on the Te Pou website sign in or create an account.
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