Authors: Basia Arnold, NEW ZEALAND.
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Strategies Towards Better Services, primary care
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The past few years have been an exciting time for mental health in New Zealand. Following the launch of the Primary Care Strategy in 2001, there has been considerable work done on the restructuring of our primary sector and with that, major discussions about the role of primary treatment providers in mental health. In 2002, the release of the Youth Offending Strategy acknowledged for the first time, the key role that Health, and Education, play in the prevention of offending and re-offending. In 2003, Parliament passed the Gambling Act, which identified a role for the Ministry of Health in policy, programme development and funding of services to prevent and minimise gambling harm. This year we have concentrated on writing and consulting on the second National Mental Health Plan. It is time for clarifying future directions and moving towards them. One of the key change directions is in the area of child and youth mental health where the focus is on building an evidence-based system that will provide appropriate care for children and young people with mental health issues within an intersectoral context. This presentation will outline the contextual changes for mental health in NZ, and then move to focus on the new directions in the provision of mental health care with a focus on children and young people