Social work practice implications of upcoming mental health reforms

Show simple item record Smith, Genevieve Appleby, Joanna 2022-05-09T04:39:53Z 2022-05-09T04:39:53Z 2021-09-02
dc.identifier.citation (2021). Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, 33(2).
dc.identifier.issn 0113-7662
dc.description.abstract <jats:p>The Labour-led Government has recently announced new healthcare reforms in Aotearoa New Zealand. The four changes are:The current 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) across the country will be replaced by one national organisation, Health New Zealand.A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policyNew Public Health Agency will be createdStrengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise governmentAs a teaser before the announcement, the country was informed that the reforms would be about equity and access. We, thewriters, are both Pākehā mental health social workers and we were eagerly awaiting news of the reforms. We have reflected on the current problems facing the mental health sector, speculated on how these may be addressed through system reform, and discussed our hopes for a better system.Based on our experience working within and alongside different DHB mental health services in the country we identified four major sector problems. These are the increasing demand and severity of presenting problems, the associated shifting goalposts of accessibility to manage demand, service variability between regions and issues of staff workload, and training and retention. As social workers, we have seen the impact of these issues upon multi-stressed families seeking support and we hope for reforms to address these equity issues.</jats:p>
dc.publisher University of Otago Library
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
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dc.subject Clinical Research
dc.subject Mental Health
dc.subject Health Services
dc.subject 8.1 Organisation and delivery of services
dc.subject 1607 Social Work
dc.title Social work practice implications of upcoming mental health reforms
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.11157/anzswj-vol33iss2id868
pubs.issue 2
pubs.volume 33 2022-04-21T00:02:37Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: ANZASW en
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.elements-id 896498 Education and Social Work Counselling,HumanServ &Soc.Wrk
dc.identifier.eissn 2463-4131
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2022-04-21 2021-09-02

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