S09: FEATURED SYMPOSIUM: Aotearoa New Zealand: Harnessing NGO Power in a Time of Bold Mental Health Reforms

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Authors: Karen Orsborn, Magdel Hammond, Darryl Bishop, Ainsleigh Cribb Su'a

Year: 2022

Event: 2022 TheMHS Conference

Subject: ngo, reform, new zealand, aotearoa,

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Featured Symposium: Harnessing NGO Power in a Time of Bold Mental Health Reforms

Aotearoa New Zealand is regionally unique in directing some thirty percent of its mental health sector spend through NGOs. If we want to move towards a ‘whole of life’ view, we need to accelerate the move away from individual pathology and reframe the need for mental health services around people’s real-life experiences and challenges.

The ‘on the ground’ nature of many NGOs means they are well placed to use evidence- based approaches to tackle social determinants of mental ill health. In the process, many highly effective partnerships have been built between clinical providers and NGOs, with positive outcomes for tangata whaiora ( people seeking wellness).

With significant health reforms now being implemented, what is the anticipated role of NGOs in this ‘brave new world’? What will they be responsible for and what system and funding mechanisms will support this?

This symposium will explore the success of NGOs in service partnerships, including the rising number kaupapa Māori services on the landscape. How will Kia Manawanui Aotearoa (Long Term Pathway to Mental Wellbeing) incorporate and recognise the role of NGOs into the future?

- Karen Orsborn: Supporting people and whānau to thrive – the potential of NGOs
- Magdel Hammond: The importance of growing lived experience/peer organisations within NGO services in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Darryl Bishop: NGO Innovation in Aotearoa – working with a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to create a better future for mental health
- Ainsleigh Cribb Su'a: Tū Whakaruruhau: Community and peer support workforce leading change in primary mental health care in Tamaki Makaurau. Awhi Ora tū tonu.

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