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

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election