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Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability 
3 November, 2022
 

An update from the Executive Director

Kia ora e te whānau,

It’s exciting to announce the launch of a new mental health crisis support service for Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago residents to meet areas of need identified through the 2021 Time for Change – Te Hurihanga review. The new service will sit alongside the current 24/7 regional crisis response service, providing more local options to support people in mental distress including those who may otherwise have needed to be admitted to acute inpatient mental health services.  Read more about the service below, and a big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.
A reminder that workshops for Consumer, Peer Support and Lived Experience (CPSLE) workforce and the community will be running from next week in various locations across the region. The workshops will look at the draft Southern Consumer, Peer Support and Lived Experience (CPSLE) Workforce Development Action Plan and help us co-design a model of care for peer-led services in Southern. All the details are below.
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Central lakes mental health crisis support service to launch in December

A new mental health crisis support service for Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago residents is expected to be operational before the end of the year, with Te Whatu Ora Southern confirming Central Lakes Family Services as its service provider.
 
The service will predominantly be for adults aged 18 years and over, but it will have flexibility to provide services for younger people from time to time if needed. 
 
The new mental health support service will be a two-stage launch, with the first stage - outreach support - expected to start in early December. It will sit alongside the current 24/7 regional crisis response service, providing more options to support people in mental distress including those who may otherwise have needed to be admitted to acute inpatient mental health services. 
 
Read more about it here
Photo above of Central Lakes Family Services Clinical Manager Fiona Young and General Manager Tina Mongston 

Farewell to Heather Casey


It was with sadness that colleagues and friends at Te Whatu Ora Southern farewelled Heather Casey, Director of Nursing, Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability this week.

Heather retires after working as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, the last 20 years mainly in professional leadership roles at Te Whatu Ora Southern and its predecessors.

Heather will be sadly missed - she has worked tirelessly in mental health and intellectual disability (MHAID) services, and during her time with us, she has led and supported many initiatives locally and nationally.

Colleagues and friends gathered to say goodbye on Wednesday with lots of stories and a few tears (from Heather).

Thank you, Heather, for your enormous contribution to mental health nursing over the last 30 years,

Read more here.

Invitation to attend workshops - Growing, Developing and Supporting the CPSLE Workforce

Thank you to everyone who completed the Consumer, Peer Support and Lived Experience (CPSLE) workforce survey. We had a great response, and this has helped us understand the current workforce, and the current levels of training and training needs.
The responses to the survey have been used to draft a CPSLE Workforce Development Action Plan. 

What’s next?

We would like contributions from the CPSLE workforce and the community to look at the draft plan and help us co-design a model of care for peer-led services in Southern.
We need to consider:
  • What peer-led services we need in Southern
  • What values/principles we would like peer-led services to be based on
  • How we would like our peers to journey through peer-led services
  • What experiences we would like from peer-led services
Invitations have been sent out to the CPSLE workforce and to the community to attend 2-hour workshops in November.

Workshops - Venues and times

You are welcome to attend a workshop at the following dates/times:
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Ascot Hotel, Invercargill
Monday 7 November, 10.00am (lived experience only) or 1.30pm (community)
The Gate, Cromwell
Tuesday 8 November, 10.00am (lived experience only) or 1.30pm (community)
Oamaru Opera House
Friday 11 November, 10.00am (lived experience only) or 1.30pm (community)
Dunedin (venue to be advised)
Friday 18 November, 10.00am (community)
Thursday 24 November, 6.00pm (lived experience only)
 
Preparing for the workshops
 
To help participants prepare for the workshop we have included two background papers. These are the draft CPSLE Workforce Development Action Plan and Designing Peer Led Services for the Southern Region.
We will be looking at the following pages of the draft documents as a starter for our discussions:
 
Background paper: Draft CPSLE Workforce Development Action Plan – pages 19-24.
 
Background paper:  Designing Peer-Led Mental Health & Addiction Services for the Southern Region –pages 17-19.
 
If you are attending a workshop it would be helpful (but not essential) if you could read these pages before you come along.
 
We look forward to welcoming you at the workshops this month.
 
There’s no RSVP needed – just come along.
 
Thanks once again to everyone who has given their time and provided valuable feedback in the Te Hurihanga – Time for Change programme, and your ongoing support to help us create the mental health and addictions system our community has asked for.

Access and Choice success

It’s great to share with you the success of the Access and Choice programme that is increasing options for young people and adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns in our community. WellSouth delivers these services through general practices to adults, and ADL delivers the services for young people and youth. The service complements existing services rather than replaces them.

The roll out of the programme in the Southern region remains over 12 months ahead of schedule and recent data speaks for itself. Here’s some of the highlights:
  • Maori are utilising Access and Choice at a higher rate per population than any other ethnicity, followed by Pacifica.
  • There has been a reduction of referrals to the Dunedin brief intervention service at WellSouth from over 500 a month in September 2019 to below 400 a month since December 2021 coinciding with increased appointments with Access and Choice services being offered
  • Since May 2022 we have seen demand for Access and Choice grow with a corresponding decrease in demand for secondary services.
The table above shows all referrals from the 82 practices to secondary mental health services (orange), existing primary care services e.g. Brief Intervention (green) and Access and Choice (blue)
 
Congratulations to ADL and  the WellSouth team.

Wellbeing support to help reconnect Upper Clutha seniors

Another great initiative was launched last week with more help on the way to increase social connection and mental wellbeing support for senior residents in the Upper Clutha.
 
The Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group and The Champion for Older Persons Group have joined forces on a 12-month programme which supports active ageing, social participation and healthy lifestyles, and encourages seniors to feel connected and involved in their local community.
 
Read more here


Ngā mihi nui,

Toni

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