During March and April 2022, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission sought feedback on He Ara Āwhina (Pathways to Support), a framework that describes what an ideal mental health and addiction system looks like.

He Ara Āwhina sets out how the Commission will monitor and advocate for improvements to the mental health and addiction system, and services.

The framework comprises a Te Ao Māori perspective and a Shared Perspective. It is available in Te Reo Māori and English:
He Ara Āwhina Framework (Te Reo Māori) (PDF)
He Ara Āwhina Framework (English) (PDF)

During the consultation period, the Commission sought feedback on the following questions:
1. Does the framework reflect your hopes for the mental health and addictions system?
2. Is it missing anything that is important to you?
3. Is there anything else you’d like to say about how the Commission monitors services?

Dapaanz, together with NZ Drug Foundation, organised a zui with the Commission in early April so that our workforce could learn more about the framework and provide feedback into the consultation process.

Consultation is now closed. The Commission will publish and share the final version of He Ara Āwhina, as well as a summary of feedback by the end of June 2022.

Once finalised, from 2023, He Ara Āwhina will be used to:

  • Monitor mental health and addiction services
  • Monitor changes as the mental health and addiction system transforms
  • Advocate for improvements to the mental health and addiction system, including services.

Keep up to date with this programme of work by visiting the Commission’s website.

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