Authors: Bronwyn Dunnachie, Luci Falconer, Anna Nelson, Jo Chiplin
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: The Werry Centre Christchurch new zealand, Parents, Children, Perinatal, mental health service reform, Service Delivery, implementation, workforce
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: International literature cites the importance of supporting the children of parents with mental illness and/or addiction (COPMIA). The New Zealand Ministry of Health (MOH) have stewarded the implementation of a Guideline ‘Supporting Parents, Healthy Children’ (MOH, 2016).
The Guideline describes an across sector approach to supporting these children by placing family and whānau at the heart of all that we do. Through a workforce development initiative which aims to enhance clinician capability in their partnerships with consumers who are parents, an opportunity arises to identify strengths and vulnerabilities, and support parents in their most important role. Research indicates that successful experiences of parenting enhance well-being.
Attendees at this presentation will leave with a clear understanding of the expectations of the ‘Supporting Parents, Healthy Children’ Guideline implementation process and their role in participating in the service reform required.
Recognising the importance of parenting to the integrity of family and whānau wellbeing, this presentation is relevant to all people involved in the delivery of mental health and addiction services everywhere.