1. Ticking off the to-do list
An inquiry into the quality of New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services must set up a long-term blueprint for the troubled sector, experts say.
The Labour-led Government has fulfilled one of its 100-day plan pledges, announcing the creation of a ministerial inquiry into mental health.
In today's email we look at how the cutting of a fuel pipe has focused attention on some tricky issues for the Government right before the election.
With 12 days to go to Election Day, voting is officially open for those wanting to get in early. Suicide and mental health has again featured prominently on the campaign trail, while National has again raised the spectre of an inheritance tax if Labour is elected. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
We need to do more to prepare our high school students for tertiary study –psychologically, academically and in terms of career choices - say student leaders, healthcare providers and mental health advocates.
It’s a debate with no sign of abating - is the Government doing enough to tackle the rising demand for mental health services?
With mental health issues making their way into the mainstream, the Government announced a number of Budget initiatives to ease pressure on the system. It’s also put mental health at the heart of its social investment approach - but have they gone far enough?
A damning international report has identified degrading segregation and restraint practices across New Zealand’s detention facilities. But will it lead to any changes?
The Ombudsman is considering launching an investigation into the state of mental health in prisons, saying the care of mentally ill prisoners is "not good enough".