WDHB introduces new Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Planning Group
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27 June 2013
 


Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Planning Group consumer expert Frank Bristol refers to the Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012-2017.



 
A new strategic planning group will guide development of Whanganui’s Mental Health & Addiction Services over the next five years, ensuring they meet ministerial expectations and community needs.
 
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has convened a Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Planning Group (MHASPG) to oversee these developments. The group has had its first meeting and the WDHB confirmed this week the following health and community members will sit on the group:
 
Consumer expert Frank Bristol
Non-Government Organisation expert Mike Ward
Maori expert Grace Taiaroa
Family expert Barbara Branford
Primary Care expert Dr John McMenamin
Specialist Mental Health expert Dr Terry Johnson
Child and youth expert Dr David Montgomery
 
The MHASPG is chaired by WDHB Mental Health and Addiction Services clinical director Frank Rawlinson. Additional appointed members include WDHB service & business planning general manager Tracey Schiebli and WDHB Mental Health Services senior portfolio manager Andrea Bunn. The WDHB is confident the nominated experts on the group will provide the leadership required to progress this important work.
 
The strategic planning group has been established in response to the recent release of Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012-2017.
 
Rising to the Challenge provides guidance to DHBs and sets out the Government’s expectations over the next five years. “The fact that the document was signed off by Cabinet shows how important this document is,” Dr Rawlinson says.
 
“The DHB plan will be developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders in the local   mental health and addiction sector, including users of the services.” 
 
Dr Rawlinson says Rising to the Challenge is a good example of the Government’s approach to health which recognises the contribution the health sector makes to other key initiatives such as addressing drivers of crime, Whanau Ora, vulnerable children and welfare reforms.