mental-health-addiction-workforce-action-plan-2017-2021-2nd-edn-apr18.doc

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Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017–2021 Released 2018 health.govt.nz
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Citation: Ministry of Health. 2018. Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017–2021 (2nd edn). Wellington: Ministry of Health. First published in February 2017, 2nd edition April 2018 by the Ministry of Health PO Box 5013, Wellington 6140, New Zealand ISBN 978-1-98-853962-1 (online) HP 6554 This document is available at health.govt.nz This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. In essence, you are free to: share ie, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; adapt ie, remix, transform and build upon the material. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence and indicate if changes were made.
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Foreword Tēnā koutou The New Zealand Health Strategy highlights the importance of working differently to meet changing population health needs and to support New Zealanders to live well, stay well and get well. Everyone has a role in promoting and maintaining mental health and the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities is everyone’s concern. Therefore we need to take a much broader approach to the mental health and addictions workforce that takes social determinants into account and is able to bring everyone together − across whānau, iwi, hapū, communities, social networks and agencies, and across government. This workforce action plan has been in development for some time and arose from a specific action in Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012–2017 . As we sought to understand what workforce actions were needed to meet the needs of New Zealanders, many more questions arose. What outcomes are people expecting to see? What really matters to people? How can we predict what workforce might be needed in the future as we reshape our system? As we worked through these questions it became clear that this plan needs to be dynamic, continuing to develop and evolve as we reshape our approaches. We are operating in a moving, working system made up of highly skilled and dedicated people working with people every day to make a difference to their lives. The plan identifies actions we need to take to continue to support and develop a workforce to centre on people and what matters to them. This is five year plan with a ten year horizon, signalling our commitment to better mental health and wellbeing into the future. This plan is an important part of our ongoing commitment to improve the workforce in order to improve access to health services for people with mental health and addictions, to improve health outcomes and improve our understanding of how well the system is performing for people. It is another step towards building a collective view of our future and our commitment to investing in medium to long term outcomes.
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