Details of initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission announced
“We are taking mental health seriously and so did the Mental Health Commission,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.Devdiscourse News Desk | Wellington | Updated: 12-09-2019 08:03 IST | Created: 12-09-2019 08:03 IST
The previous National Government closed down the Mental Health Commission in 2012.
"It was held in high regard and did a good job of providing leadership and accelerating progress across the sector. We want it back to hold us and future governments to account.
"The initial commission will track our progress on the range of actions we're taking to tackle the long-term challenge of improving mental healthcare across New Zealand.
"It will report back directly to the Minister of Health within one year," Jacinda Ardern said.
The initial commission will:
Provide independent scrutiny of the Government's progress in improving New Zealand's mental health and wellbeing
Promote collaboration between mental health and wellbeing entities
The Government has appointed Hayden Wano as the Chair of the initial Commission and four other members. Mr. Wano is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngāti Awa descent and brings over 40 years' health sector experience in mental health, community, and medical services to this role.
Health Minister David Clark said Mr. Wano is widely respected and is ideally suited to the role.
"A key focus for Mr. Wano and the initial commission will be looking at the wider range of factors that contribute to people's overall mental wellbeing.
Re-establishing the Commission was a key recommendation of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction and delivers on the Government's commitment in the Speech from the Throne. It was founded in the Wellbeing Budget in May.
Today's announcement follows the release on Tuesday of the Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan and the start of the primary mental healthcare roll-out across the country.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)