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Southern DHB Mental Health Advisory Team

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    Consumers are the past, the present and the future of Southern DHB Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services. To ensure consumer and family, whanau participation in the development and quality improvement of service delivery, Southern DHB has Adult Consumer Advisors, Youth Advisors, and Family Advisors based in Southland and Dunedin.

    The Adult Consumer Advisor, Youth Advisor and Family Advisor roles are part of the service leadership advising management and they do not provide individual advocacy or support.

    Programme

    Adult Consumer Advisor

    The Adult Consumer Advisor's role is part of the service leadership advising management and they do not provide individual advocacy or support.

    The Consumer Advisors ensure that mental health consumers’ views are heard by policy makers, service providers and the community, through promoting consumer participation in relevant policy making and service development decisions, implementation and evaluation. 
     
    The advisor works to bridge the gap between the grassroots personal knowledge of consumers and the knowledge of policy makers and service providers.

    Youth Advisor

    The Youth Advisor's role is part of the service leadership advising management and they do not provide individual advocacy or support.

    The Youth Advisor has been appointed to represent the interests of children and young people within the Mental Health and Addictions Services by participating in service planning, quality, recruitment, workforce development and strategic planning.
     
    The Youth Advisor brings the voice, views and opinions of young people to the table. 
     

    Family Advisor

    The Family Advisor's role is part of the service leadership advising management and they do not provide individual advocacy or support.

    The Southern District Health Board employs a family representative to ensure family participation into policy, planning and auditing of mental health services.

    Advisory Support Services

    Advisors provide advice and information to service users and their family/whanau and other supporters.

    Charges

    There are no fees for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the eligibility criteria set by the Ministry of Health. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full cost of any medical treatment you recieve during your stay.

    To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility