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About the team

The team and the experts and advisors behind the Time for Change - Te Hurihanga change programme.

Moving into the next phase of Time for Change - Te Hurihanga

Planning for the next phase of Time for Change – Te Hurihanga will be local (Southern) as well as regional (Te Waipounamu, South Island). This will be done in partnership with Hospital and Specialist Services. 

Nancy Todd and Emma McDonough, Senior Locality Managers*, Commissioning, will support Christopher Nolan, Regional Manager, Commissioning, Mentally Well, Te Waipounamu in health planning.

The Te Waipounamu Mentally Well Team will lead local and regional work in partnership with Hospital and Specialist Services Steve Bayne, General Manager Mental Health, Addiction, and Intellectual Disability.

*The Locality Managers provide support to each of the Commissioning Regional Managers of the Life streams for health planning.  The Life streams are:

  • Mentally Well
  • Starting Well
  • Living Well
  • Aging Well
  • Rural Health. 

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Experts and Advisors

Leadership Group

The Mental Health and Addictions Change Leadership Group has been brought together to initiate and lead the Mental Health and Addictions Time for Change – Te Hurihanga Programme, engaging in a collaborative way with all parties in the Southern Mental Health and Addiction System. It is a decision-making group, to lead and deliver the Mental Health and Addictions Change Programme and make recommendations through Te Whatu Ora (Health NZ).

Mental Health and Addictions Networks

The Southern region has four Mental Health and Addictions (MH&A) Networks, as below:

Waitaki MH&A Network (Waitaki district). The Chair is Helen Algar.

Central Lakes MH&A Network (Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago districts combined). The Chair is Kevin Sharpe.

Ōtākou MH&A Network (Dunedin City and Clutha). The Chair is Clare Curran.

Future Directions MH&A Network (Southland, Invercargill City and Gore). The Chair is Rachael Roberts.

Each Network links to mental health and addictions providers and stakeholders that advocate for and improve equity of access, quality of service provision, and pathways to wellbeing for everyone in their area.

Consumer Advocates, Consumer Representatives

There are six consumer advocates, consumer representatives supporting the programme.

Participation is also acknowledged and appreciated from various Community Groups, whānau and affected others, and people with lived experience.