S15: Rural proofing mental health and addictions outcomes.

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Authors: Marie Daly

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Community, Culture, Society, Policy, Strategy, Suicide Prevention, Workforce, Advocacy

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Rural NZ has experienced a significant period of change, and at times, strain linked to evolving business models, urbanisation, climatic events, and global market challenges.
In response to this, Government, industry bodies and communities initiated a series of programmes to raise awareness around mental health and addiction issues, and increase capacity across rural communities and their services to respond.

The Ministry of Health, and Ministry for Primary Industries jointly funded RHAANZ to work with other industry bodies to increase peer support and community health and social services ability to recognise and treat people who are mentally distressed, in crisis or at risk of suicide.

The programmes have been different in process and content to usual activities in the mental health and addiction sector. This in turn has illuminated the need for 'rural proofing' government mental health and addiction strategy and action plans in rural communities.

This presentation will explore the unique issues that impact on the wellbeing of rural NZ. It will illustrate the process used to develop the Framework to Improve Mental Health and Addiction Outcomes in Rural NZ and discuss the priorities and actions proposed to achieve this.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The audience will understand the unique challenges that led to Government, industry leaders and community groups advocating for improved mental health and addiction outcomes in rural NZ

Learning Objective 2: Participants will see how these outcomes can only be achieved through joined up multi sector, multi disciplined, and multi agency approaches.

Network 4 collaboration of Compass Health, Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, Pegasus Health, ProCare Health(2016) Closing the Loop. Auckland
Ministry of Health (April 2016). New Zealand Health Strategy Wellington: Ministry of Health

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