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New Zealand Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Report

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The New Zealand Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Report has been published today, 4 December 2018

The Inquiry have made 40 recommendations to the Government under 12 key categories. You can download and read the full report here: He Ara Oranga : Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction | Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

It's well worth a read, even if you have no connection to New Zealand, especially if you are interested in alternatives ways that mental health policy can be tackled, for example the inquiry has recommended the establishment of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to provide leadership and oversight of mental health and addiction in New Zealand.

Some key things that are being recommended include:

Take a whole-of-government approach to wellbeing, prevention and social determinants
16. Establish a clear locus of responsibility for social wellbeing within central government to provide strategic and policy advice and to oversee and coordinate cross-government responses to social wellbeing, including:
• tackling social determinants that impact on multiple outcomes and that lead to inequities within society
• enhancing cross-government investment in prevention and resilience-building activities.

Reform of the Mental Health Act:
34. Repeal and replace the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 so that it refects a human rights–based approach, promotes supported decision-making, aligns with the recovery and wellbeing model of mental health, and provides measures to minimise compulsory or coercive treatment.
35. Encourage mental health advocacy groups and sector leaders, people with lived experience, families and whānau, professional colleges, DHB chief executive ofcers, coroners, the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand Police and the Health Quality and Safety Commission to engage in a national discussion to reconsider beliefs, evidence and attitudes about mental health and risk.

Establish a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
36. Establish an independent commission – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission (with the functions and powers set out in Figure 4 in section 12.2.2) – to provide leadership and oversight of mental health and addiction in New Zealand.
 
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