Māhuri Tōtara - National support worker summit - 10 December 2018
Platform Trust and Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui jointly hosted a summit in Wellington for more than 150 support workers from across the country. The programme included: a keynote address from Dr Glenn Colquhoun; the evolution of the mental health and addiction support workforce over time; feedback from the regional support worker forums; Dr Barbara Disley sharing themes from the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry; Abbie Ranui presenting research from the field and implications for support worker practice; a workshop on the art of supervision, coaching and mentoring; bus stop sessions for support workers to share skills and practice; discussion of a mental health and addiction support work charter; and Caro Swanson on the evolution of peer support work.
2018 Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker Forums
Platform Trust and Te Pou o te Whakaaro nui held forums in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for support workers to have their say on the opportunities and challenges facing the support workforce.
The forums, based on the Fast Track document, prompted discussion about what needs to happen in order to know, grow and develop this important part of the mental health and addiction workforce.
2017 Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Day
Platform Trust's mental health and addictions leadership day on 11 April aims to provide sector leaders with an opportunity to meet together to discuss the way that the landscape is changing and to consider what lies ahead. We will explore some of the key topics dominating our current conversations and will take a look at our role in shaping the future.
For programme details click here.
Click on any of the speakers' names below for a link to their presentations.
Tahatū Rangi offers a rare opportunity for sector leaders and their allies to come together to collectively re-imagine the mental health and addiction system. Attendees will be inspired and challenged by people from across New Zealand who are working together in different ways to enact social change.
Day One – 20 October 2016
The transformation of the sector can only occur through a collaborative effort that is built around a common vision and shared set of values.
James Mansell from Noos Limited has been exploring a number of ideas based on better and safer data sharing that may help cut through some of the difficulties the social sector is facing – particularly with respect to people who have high and complex needs. He acknowledges that this level of data sharing comes with its own set of challenges and is looking forward to exploring both the opportunities and the risks with you at Tahatū Rangi.
In reality, working collaboratively is difficult, not least because it challenges the way that services are currently funded and provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of people who are already collaborating with others and challenging the status quo. On day one you will hear from Hauora Tairawhiti about what is happening in Gisborne. You will also hear from Compass Health about the findings from the Porirua Social Sector Trial. In addition, Trish Hall from Thought Partners Limited will share her thoughts about how to develop a collaborative-ready workforce and Elliot Taylor and the team from Zeal will share how they are using a non-traditional social enterprise to create positive transitions into adulthood for young people with mental health and/or addiction problems. Elliot is one of the social entrepreneurs behind Stories Espresso Bar, a container café in Wellington, which provides first time employment opportunities for young people.
Day Two – 21 October 2016
The future system that we are imagining can only succeed if it is designed together. Day two of Tahatū Rangi focusses on co-design principles and processes. ThinkPlace will lead attendees through a fast-paced full design sprint to experience and learn practical co-design skills that can be applied in practice. Two youth ambassadors from Unicef will present the results of their recent work “Our Voices, Our Rights” as well as reflecting on their experience of co-design in the process of developing this publication.
These presentations, along with other participatory experiences over the two days of Tahatū Rangi, will energise you and leave you thinking about what you can do, within your own sphere of influence, to help accelerate this process of transformation.