National Community-Based Mental Health Vision

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Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira

Selection of Matt Doocey | National Mental Health Advocate

Funding of roles:

The National Party spokesman for mental health said the provision of mental health services must come down to the community level, including Maori providers.

The National Party spokesman for mental health said the provision of mental health services must come down to the community level, including Maori providers.

Matt Doocey says a review of the government’s $1.9 billion investment in mental health in Budget 2019 showed it had no effect on access to specialist services.

This is because there was no clear plan or accountability.

As a member of the cross-partisan mental health and addictions wellness group, he lobbies for funding for community providers.

“So, for example, rural people and farmers want to talk about mental health with rural people and farmers, we know we have high throughput mental health and suicide prevention services, kaupapa Māori, Tikanga Māori,” says Mr. Doocey.

He says funding should go to organizations that are already known in their communities.


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