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Mental health and addictions review

Time for Change – Te Hurihanga

This year a comprehensive review of the mental health and addictions system in the Southern district was carried out, as we work to transform our services for the years ahead.

Altogether we received over 1300 items of feedback through hui, surveys and submissions, from those who work in or have lived experience with the mental health system, and we are sincerely grateful.

The report has proposed many important directions for change, and our collective task now is to implement these, so we can create the mental health and addictions system our community and workforce has asked for.

You can find the report, Time for Change – Te Hurihanga, here.

A presentation, outlining the key directions, can be found here.

A change programme is being established, and updates will be provided on this site.

If you have questions or want to know more, you can contact us at

Thank you for your support during this exciting and important period of change.