The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) has entered into a contract with the Ministry of Health for a third year of the Government’s Emergency Response to Support Rural Mental Health.
Under this contract we are required to upskill rural health and social service professionals in suicide prevention strategies and strengthen linkages between mental health and wellbeing providers and Rural Support Trusts (RSTs).
Under the same Initiative, the Ministry for Primary Industries will work directly with the RSTs to build their capacity and expertise to recognise rural people in mental distress and to provide and/or arrange appropriate professional support.
For the 2017-2018 year RHĀNZ, using the 5 themes of our Framework to Improve Mental Health and Addiction Outcomes in Rural NZ (the Framework) has been contracted to
Circle of Care
- Deliver 20 more Safe Hands, Safe Plans workshops across rural NZ.
- Continue our mental health champion network to work alongside RSTs and existing mental health and addiction services; and to
- Develop some nationally consistent protocols for this work.
Understanding rural New Zealanders
- Undertake an evaluation of the clinical champion programme.
- Continue the role of medical director to support clinical champions and the programme in general.
- Continue to assist the Ministry of Health to “rural proof” various initiatives.
- Undertake a needs analysis for rural youth with a view to developing a project that focuses specifically on younger rural audiences.
- Framework for Improving Rural Mental Health & Addictions Outcomes
- Rural Mental Health Initiatives 2016 – 2017 – including our newly developed Safe Hands, Safe Plans workshop