Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


New Position on Mental Health Funding wins Support

New Position on Mental Health Funding wins NGO Support

Release: The Richmond Foundation

Mental health groups have applauded moves by Health Minister Annette King to protect mental health funding from being absorbed into hospital services under the new District Health Boards.

Non-governmental (NGO) service providers say they are heartened that the Minister has taken their concerns on board and acknowledged the need for mental health funds to be “ring fenced.”

NGOs currently receive around 30 per cent of all mental health funding and provide the majority of community based services.

Richmond Fellowship, one of the major service providers, says it’s pleasing to see the Government is listening to good advice and altering its position significantly.

“The Minister is to be congratulated for acknowledging the threat to mental health services under a DHB structure,” said Fellowship chief executive Dr Gerry Walmisley. “The Minister’s current position shows a commitment to ensuring that funding arrangements will not be simply absorbed by hospitals and primary care providers.”

“It is widely acknowledged by experts in community-based mental health that hospitals don’t have the expertise and can’t provide the environment that will allow the majority of people with mental illness to make a recovery.”

“Without proper guidelines to protect mental health funding, the new DHB model would favour hospital services and mental health would end up as health care’s poor cousin.

“By acknowledging the need to protect mental health funding arrangements, and through the continuation of support for the Mental Health Commission, the minister has made a significant commitment to health services.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

... and the dawn of something much better?
2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally. Already in January three leading US digital outlets—BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Vice announced layoffs that have left many accomplished journalists unemployed. Consolidation of journalism looks set to continue unabated as larger (sharky) media conglomerates swallow up smaller players globally. We also appear to be witnessing the death throes of the concept of ‘objective’ truth in journalism. However, perhaps that is not at all as bad as it sounds, and we are just finally waking up to the reality that it never really existed in the first place... More>>


Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>


Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>


Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>


Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>


Health: Prohibiting Smoking In Vehicles Carrying Children

Under the change, Police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present. Police will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50... It is expected that this amendment will become law by the end of 2019. More>>


Waitangi Day: Nationwide Events Commemorate Treaty Signing

“From large-scale events attracting tens of thousands of people such as those at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland and the Porirua Waterfront, to smaller gatherings in areas as far flung as the Chatham Islands and to the significant commemorations at Waitangi, these events are an opportunity for us to reflect on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels