• 27 Sep 2016 5:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Message from Bryan Wilson - Community Investment

    Bryan Wilson - Acting Deputy Chief Executive, MSD

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    Last week we published the Community Investment Strategy Update 2016.

    The Update summarises what we achieved in the first year of the three-year implementation process, sets out the direction for the next 12 months and aligns with the work programme to establish the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

    Since the release of the Strategy in 2015, MSD has been developing its social investment approach to contracting for programmes and services. This allows us to better deliver effective programmes and services to the right people at the right time.

    A social investment approach is about providing up-front investment to support people most at risk of poor outcomes later on in life. We will use the technology and data available to help us understand the people who rely on the programmes and services we invest in. We want providers to be able to spend more time working with their clients and collecting information about the results they’re getting, and less time meeting our contract compliance requirements.

    Our focus is on ensuring there is sufficient evidence about the programmes and services we fund for us to be confident they will work. We are confident the Community Investment Strategy will enable us to achieve this.

    Ngā mihi,

    Bryan Wilson
    Associate Deputy Chief Executive
    Community Investment

    In this September 2016 issue:

    [e-news image] Message from Bryan Wilson - Community Investment
    [e-news image] Community Investment Strategy Update 2016
    [e-news image] Investing in Children Programme: Transformational change
    [e-news image] International Leadership Award recipients announced
    [e-news image] Recognising KickStart Breakfast’s unsung heroes
    [e-news image] New Director for Hamilton Children’s Team

    Read More .....

  • 27 Sep 2016 5:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    Emcare Update I New Building - Better Facilities!

    We have moved to a commercial premises in Albany, and are building a simulation centre so that we can provide relevant scenarios for you. Our dental chair is in place, and so is the GP examination table.


    From the end of this week, a majority of our Auckland courses will be held at our office in Albany. We are keeping one course a month at Auckland City Hospital for those that would prefer to have a course there.

    Feel free to drop in an say hi if you are in Albany. Our address is 235D Bush Road.

    We believe that a number of you have been contacted by your governing bodies, stating that you must sit one of the new New Zealand Resuscitation Council courses.

    At this point in time, the new manual has been released, but no other resources or information about the courses have been released.

    We are continuing to run courses as per the current New Zealand Resuscitation Council guidelines until we are able to run the new courses.

    The certificate that you receive upon successful completion of your course will be recognised by your governing body. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

    We have been busy providing courses throughout New Zealand, and would be happy to discuss running a course at your place of work. Give us a call or contact us via the Emcare website to arrange this.

    Stay dry, warm and safe
    The team at Emcare 
    Saving Lives Made Simple

    Training Guidelines

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  • 27 Sep 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome

    Hello everyone.   It is great to be writing my first newsletter as the CEO of Auckland Communities Foundation.  I’ve had a month working with the small but fabulous team here and have been getting out to meet donors and community stakeholders.   A busy time!

    I’m passionate about the act of giving – how rewarding it is and how powerful it can be for all involved.  I know there are many Aucklanders who want to give, but don’t have the time to feel they can make a real impact. 

    We are a time poor society and you need to invest time to understand the charitable sector, find out where your precious dollars can have an impact and how best to contribute.

    That’s where the Auckland Communities Foundation can help.  It’s our job to understand the rich and varied community sector in Auckland and assist you to achieve your giving goals.  We’re unique in having this perspective and offering this service to Aucklanders -without having a profit motive ourselves.
    We want to see Auckland’s communities profit and we share this desire with the many people who have left a bequest for us or set up a foundation within our structure.  If we can help you with your giving, please get in touch.

    Dellwyn Stuart
    Chief Executive Officer

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  • 27 Sep 2016 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora FANNZ

    Just when we think people are too busy …

    FASD Awareness Day Poster

    Attached is a FASDAY 2016 poster, the work of a Year 13 student from Lynfield College in Auckland who chose FASD Awareness resources for her level 3 NCEA Design & Visual Communication Subject.  Please feel free to print, save and share (oh, and it will have 2017 on it for next year). We think she has done a fine job and wish her well for the future!

    FASD Awareness Day NDHB Special Edition

    Attached is a Special Edition of Alcohol and Other Drugs Update compiled especially for FASDAY by Dave Hookway from Northland DHB. It is wonderful to see our growing collective efforts to raise awareness and support for FASD prevention and intervention gathered together in one place!  Isn’t it amazing what happens with very little when good people get together!   Thank you for compiling and enabling others to share this useful resource Dave.  

    FASD Awareness Day ads on i-heart radio

    A series of radio ads promoting the no alcohol when pregnant message will feature on i-Heart Radio over the coming two weeks. Thanks again to the generosity of Northland DHB, the nation gets to hear this!

    Hawkes Bay Collaboration for FASDAY

    Details of FASDAY activities in the wonderful Hawkes Bay have appeared on Scoop 


    Bay of Plenty TV Ad

    Janet and friends from Tauranga got together to produce an advert which aired in many regions last year. Efforts to do that again are continuing.  You can watch the advert on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ16ubMrLIg  Janet wishes to remind people - Please note no babies were harmed in the making of this ad)!!

    FASD Policy and Research Forum

    Don’t forget to join in the discussion about the Government’s FASD Action Plan and FASD research @ this year’s FASDAY Policy and Research Forum in Association with the University of Auckland School of Population Health.  It’s FREE and NO Need to RSVP.

    When: 9am- 12.00pm Friday 9th September.

    Where: Building 721: Room 201 University of Auckland Tamaki Campus.  Details @ www.fan.org.nz

  • 27 Sep 2016 5:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora koutou and welcome to theSeptember edition of the YCAP newsletter.

    This month, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, visited New Zealand. She is the first indigenous person in Canada’s history to hold this position. The purpose of her visit was to gain insights into our justice system.

    Hon Wilson-Raybould was particularly interested in New Zealand’s approach to youth justice. This provided a great opportunity for us to share with her all the great work that is happening in communities across the country under YCAP, in particular the work of Youth Offending Teams.


    As noted in the August newsletter, YCAP events have been held in Kaitaia, Whangarei, Auckland, and Rotorua. In this newsletter, we share with you a snippet of the Rotorua and Auckland events.

    As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through the YCAP ideas email address YCAPideas@justice.govt.nz

    In this edition...

  • 05 Sep 2016 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Youth in Emergency Services 

    Youth in Emergency Services is a national programme run collaboratively with the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

    On this page:

    About the Youth in Emergency Services programme

    How does the Youth in Emergency Services programme work?

    How to apply?

    Experience from the Youth in Emergency Services programme participants

    Youth in Emergency Services programme - Real Story

    About the Youth in Emergency Services programme

    The Youth in Emergency Services programme provides a great opportunity to build the knowledge and skills of our young people to contribute to both emergency preparedness and response in New Zealand. These experiences will pay dividends both for the individuals involved and our wider communities.

    The programme is designed to grow and strengthen young people’s connection to their community by encouraging them to engage with a range of emergency services.

    Volunteer emergency services run the Youth in Emergency Services programme as an inspiration orientation for young people to volunteer in their community.

    In June 2016, the Minister for Youth announced funding totalling $100,000 to support the continuation of the Youth in Emergency Services programme in 2016/2017. 

    To read more ........

  • 05 Sep 2016 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Game therapy for 


    Funded by the Ministry of Health, SPARX is therapy in an online game format and aims to help young people struggling with difficult emotions.

    Are your students struggling with their feelings or just in a bad mood that never ends?

    SPARX can help! SPARX is a clinically tested, evidence-based online game targeted at 12 to 19-year-olds (but can be of interest to younger students also) and is designed to help them feel better. 

    They can go online, play the game for free and learn skills that they can use in everyday life so that they start to feel better.

    SPARX is therapy in a game format designed to help teens who are down, depressed or stressed. Feedback from alternative education students said it also helped with feelings of anger.

    Researched and designed by the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, SPARX was then funded by the Ministry of Health as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

    SPARX uses CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to help young people change how they think about things and how they behave which leads to improvements in how they feel. The SPARX Guide acts as a virtual therapist, relating skills learnt in the game to real life. 

    Free SPARX resources, including posters and slides can be obtained by emailing Angela ata.chong@auckland.ac.nz.

    Test out SPARX yourself – www.sparx.org.nz – or learn more through the training module www.goodfellowunit.org/courses/e-therapy-youth-depression.

    To read more ....

  • 05 Sep 2016 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Commissioning framework for 

    mental health and addiction

    Published online: 

    30 August 2016

    Publication cover


    The Commissioning Framework is part of an outcome-focused approach. This framework, along with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcome Framework, provides national guidance to enable us to measure outcomes that make a real difference for people.

    This Commissioning Framework describes a consistent approach to commissioning responses across New Zealand, using the relevant information to purchase the responses to best meet the needs of the local population. It describes the components that are critical to successfully commissioning and the process that will be used by those responsible for commissioning mental health and addiction care. This includes planners, funders, contract managers, boards, groups, agencies and/or those in designated commissioning roles.

    It describes a consistent approach to commissioning responses across New Zealand, using the relevant information to purchase the responses to meet the needs of the local population.

    The implementation of this Framework requires a fundamental shift to an increased focus on measurable outcomes as part of measuring results. Robust measures will need to be adopted that can capture the three parts of the Triple Aim: improved quality, safety and experience of care; improved health and equity for all populations; and best value for public health system resources. Current resources will need to be used differently and reinvested into improving outcomes for people with mental health and addiction issues.

    Diagram: Commissioning framework for mental health and addiction which shows the commissioning process including how the national expectations and requirements feed into it.

    To read more ......

  • 05 Sep 2016 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community Investment Update

    Investing together for stronger communities

    In this August 2016 issue:

    Message from Bryan Wilson - Community Investment

    New children’s agency established

    From Budget Services to Building Financial Capability

    Family Start expansion

    Child, Youth and Family changes now in effect

    Change in delivery method for contract remittance advice notices

    Increasing quality youth development opportunities at the heart of new MYD focus

    New Family Services Directory feature for regional provider data

    Children’s Action Plan

    It’s not OK resources mobilise communities

    Inspirational waiata promote positive change

    Pacific leaders share solutions to prevent family violence

  • 05 Sep 2016 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora FANNZ

    First ever FASD econometric study for NZ

    Following closely on the heels of the Government FASD Action Plan, is a paper published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, revealing some of the hidden economic implications of FASD. Authored by Dr Brian Easton and colleagues, the paper ‘Productivity Losses Associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand’, estimate that FASD occurring in one in every one hundred live births would result in losses to New Zealand’s market productivity of between $49 million and $200 million each year.  Read the full paper which is open access online [https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2016/vol-129-no-1440/6974 ]

    For some media coverage go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/311391/foetal-alcohol-disorders-affecting-24,000-nz-workers

    FASD Action Plan Submissions

    A Ministry of Health Analysis of Submission made on Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’ is now available to view online. http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/taking-action-fasd-analysis-of-submissions-aug16.pdf

    Listen to Anita Gibbs speaking about the FASD Action Plan on Dunedin TV


    09.09 FASDAY ACTION!!!

    Have your say on FASDAY!

    Come and join in the discussion this FASD Awareness Day Policy and Research Forum @ the University of Auckland Tamaki Campus Friday 9th September 9.00am-12.00pm (Bldg 721; Room 201).  You will have an opportunity to hear first-hand from Dr Easton speaking about his published article on FASD and lost productivity and Catherine McCullough from the Ministry of Health speaking about the Government FASD Acton plans for the next 3 years. It’s FREE and NO Need to RSVP. Details @ www.fan.org.nz.  

    Other activities to mark FASDAY

      Thanks to WCTU we have some Promotional Band Aid dispensers to give away with the message “NO Band Aid for FASD. For your baby’s sake – NO alcohol when pregnant.’ If you would like some to hand out on FASDAY please email me christine@ahw.co.nz with name and postal address. 

    Dunedin Cathedral bells ring out on FASDAY

    AT 9.09am on Friday 9th September, St Pauls Cathedral in the centre of Dunedin will ring its bells to mark the significance of the FASD Awareness Day message.  Since it began in 1999, FASDAY has included bells ringing around the world.  New Zealand has a proud tradition of marking the day in this way.  For details contact Jenny Salmon jvsalmon@ihug.co.nz.

    FASD Awareness Day PLEDGE

    Let’s join our friends in Australia with a pledge to not drink any alcohol on FASD Awareness Day!  Get two friends to join you, and they tell two friends who tell two friends and pretty soon ….?!!

    Cain Lazenby   

    Christine Rogan

    Health Promotion Advisor and FASD Project Coordinator

    Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

    *: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

    (: (09) 520 7037 I christine@ahw.org.nz

    :: www.ahw.org.nz  www.fan.org.nz

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