Leading the Way - Sector Leaders Day Aug 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Leading the Way

We had another important Infant, Children and Adolescents Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Sectors Leaders Day on 25 August, where we were honoured to welcome;




⦁    Anja Theron of Maternal, Infant, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service Team (MICAMH), Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOP DHB), who shared the unique and informative experiences of the MICAMH Team in the area and their past six year journey;


⦁    Colin Hamlin and Peter Kennerley from the Ministry of Health (MoH) provided an update on the new strategic MoH framework and the dual focus vision of services promoting well-being and while effectively identifying and responding to mental health needs;


⦁    Associate Professor Marc Wilson from Victoria University, gave a review of the suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury knowledge base, it’s gaps and the important work to fill them by the team at Victoria University and beyond;


⦁    Dr Arran Culver, 3DHB Programme, who reminded us that data does not equal story, and provided an in depth analysis on youth suicide risk and developmental determinants;


⦁    Vas Ajello of our sister organisation, The Werry Centre, gave a key overview of the updates to the Early Childhood (0-5yrs) Mental Health Post Graduate course, new course ‘Youth Addictions and Co-Existing Problems’ as well as a proposed Masters of Health Practice in Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health for 2019;


⦁    And Maria Baker of Te Rau Matatini who gave an engaging presentation on the aims and structure Waka Hourua-National Māori Suicide Prevention Programme;



We’d like to thank all of our wonderful speakers and to those of you who availed of the day. We’d also like to afford special thanks to Lee Chrisholm, Contact Centre Manager of NetSafe for the links provided on the need to respond to harmful digital communications. These links and all presentations are available by following the hyperlinks, and where you can also sign up to stay up to date with future Sector Leaders by registering with us online.


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