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Atamira Platform Members' Hui 2024

Our Platform Members' Day 2024 was held on Thursday 21 March in Wellington, with the theme of realising our opportunities, obligations, and potential. We had over 100 leaders from mental health and addiction NGO and community organisations connecting in person. Thank you to everyone who attended, our speakers, and moderators.

Our event was based on recommendation 34 from He Ara Oranga to engage in a national discussion to reconsider beliefs, evidence, and attitudes about mental health and risk. Additionally, there was a focus on competing duties to provide care and support and diverging legal obligations like health and safety. He Arotake ngā Tūraru Reviewing risk: A discussion paper set the scene for the day.

You can find a recap of the day below.

Our day began with a welcome from the Chair of Platform and Chief Executive of Pathways, Sally Pitts-Brown.  

We were lucky to have Karaitiana Tickell from Purapura Whetu Trust, Anaru Hawkins from Pathways, and Phyllis Tangitu from Emerge, to lead the mihi whakatau and get us energised for the day.

Minister Matt Doocey opened our day and chose our event to announce funding for mental health and addiction peer support services in emergency departments. You can read the release here for more information.

You can download the illustration from this session here.

We had a panel of government representatives discuss the overview of policy, strategy, regulatory, funding/commissioning, monitoring and advocacy opportunities and expectations. This session was moderated by Naomi Cowan, Chief Executive at Equip. The panel members were:

  • Robyn Shearer | Deputy Director-General, Clinical, Community and Mental Health, and Deputy Chief Executive, Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health
  • Jo Chiplin | Director Mentally Well, Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand
  • Karen Orsborn | Chief Executive, Te Hiringa Mahara | Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

You can download the illustrations from this session here, here, and here.