Members of Parliament visit WDHB

22 April 2016

From left: MP for Hutt South Hon Trevor Mallard, Labour Party deputy leader & MP for Rongotai Hon Annette King and WDHB health and addiction service manager Katheryn Butters discuss posters that set out the Te Awhina refurbishment project and the facility’s Releasing Time to Care plan. 
Four Labour Party MPs spent Wednesday morning meeting with Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) staff to discuss mental health and addiction issues and for two of them, visit inpatient unit Te Awhina.

While MP for Te Atatu Phil Twyford and MP for Christchurch East Poto Williams met with Age Concern, Labour Party deputy leader & MP for Rongotai Hon Annette King and MP for Hutt South Hon Trevor Mallard were shown through Te Awhina by WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson and three mental health leaders.

Mental Health and Addiction Services nurse manager Katheryn Butters discussed the facility’s 2012 refurbishment and quality improvements implemented by Te Awhina. This included their Releasing Time to Care programme which has proved so successful, several DHBs have viewed and adopted it for their mental health facilities.

Mrs Butters says Mrs King and Mr Mallard enjoyed meeting staff and service users. “They asked a number of questions about Te Awhina’s  ‘mother and baby’ facility and they were very interested in the topic of drug use and the effects this has on people’s mental health and well-being,” Mrs Butter says.