Mental Health & Addictions

Mental Health & Addictions Team

The role of the Mental Health & Addictions team is to provide organisational support relating to funding and planning of Mental Health & Addiction services for the Northern Regional District Health Boards (DHBs).

The NRA aims to support a regionally consistent approach to the planning and development of regional services.

Part of this function involves the provision of mechanisms for whole of system engagement; ensuring coordination and alignment of planning and funding for regional mental health & addiction services.

Specific functions

  • Policy development
  • Needs assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • Annual planning
  • Budget expenditure and funding plans including Inter-district flows (IDFs)
  • Providing a conduit for liaison with stakeholder groups
  • Regional service project management support

Other sector coordination functions

  • Development of, and facilitation of regional sector forums, including:
    • Regional Funding Forum (RFF)
    • Regional Services Governance (RSG)
    • Regional Services Planning (RSP)
    • Regional General Manager and Clinical Directors (GMs/CDs)
    • Regional Clinical Governance Networks
    • Regional Workforce Planning Governance
    • Regional Smokefree Coordination

Vision for Mental Health & Addictions

“All New Zealanders will have the tools to weather adversity, actively support each other’s wellbeing, and attain their potential within their family and whanau and communities. Whatever our age, gender or culture, when we need support to improve our mental health and wellbeing or address addiction, we will be able to rapidly access the interventions we need from a range of effective, well-integrated services. We will have confidence that our publicly funded health and social services are working together to make best use of public funds and to support the best possible outcomes for those who are most vulnerable.”

Rising to the Challenge, MoH, 2012 – 2017

Our vision is of a time when there is equity in health outcomes for Māori and Pacific people who are socio-economically disadvantaged, or other vulnerable groups within northern region communities.

Sue Wyeth | Portfolio Manager