Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister Thanks Outgoing Mental Health Leader

Health Minister Annette King has praised outgoing Mental Health Commission chair Barbara Disley for the significant role she played in developing New Zealand's mental health sector.

"Barbara has done an outstanding job over the past five years," Mrs King said today. "Under her leadership, the Commission's achievements include pioneering new approaches to reducing discrimination and involving people and groups who were previously marginalised into the mainstream of mental health developments."

Mrs King said Dr Disley had always provided her with advice that was open, practical and valuable.

"I have no doubt she will make a major contribution to children and young people with special needs in her new role as group manager of special education at the Ministry of Education."

She said the Government fully supported the excellent work being done by the Commission in such a critical area, and she was grateful current Commissioner Bob Henare had agreed to step in as acting chair from late January until Dr Disley's replacement was appointed.

"Mr Henare's appointment will maintain continuity and leadership as he has been a Commissioner since the Commission was established in 1996 and has previously acted as chair."

Mrs King encouraged suitably qualified candidates to apply for the appointment. Applications close on 31 January 2002.

"The role provides an opportunity for an excellent leader to make a vital contribution to fully developing New Zealand's mental health services and empowering people with mental illnesses toward recovery and community participation."

The Commission's key functions include reporting to the Health Minister on the implementation of the national mental health strategy, promoting a better understanding of mental illness, and reducing the stigma associated with it. The Commission was set up in 1996 following the Mason Report, and recently had its life extended until August 2004.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>


'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>


Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>


Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>


NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>





InfoPages News Channels