• 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

  • 25 Aug 2016 9:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for a special day of celebration as the Otago Youth Wellness Trust marks 20 years of service to our community with a symposium Adolescence- A window of opportunity”. 

    Our speakers are respected local and national leaders known for their contribution to the wellbeing of young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

    We look forward to seeing you on the 1st September.

    Nga mihi nui

    Otago Youth Wellness Trust

  • 25 Aug 2016 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Disability Connect are delighted to announce another round of Work and Income Supports related to Disability seminars. Please click here to see the flier.  To book please contact us on 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz.  Please provide a phone number and email address when booking.

    Work & Income Support Seminar

    For individuals and families raising a child with a disability

    This seminar is hosted by Disability Connect and will be presented by Vaughan Dodd and colleagues (Work and Income Disability Advisors).

    This seminar is free to family members and will clearly explain the types of Work and Income supports which individuals may be eligible for if living with a disability or raising a child with a disability. Eligibility criteria will be explained – also whether particular supports are means tested or not, and income thresholds if they are.

    The main Work and Income supports being discussed are:

    • Supported Living Payment
    • Accommodation Supplement
    • Child Disability Allowance
    • Disability Allowance
    • Supported Living Payment – Care of Sick and Infirm

    As Work and Income Disability Advisors these presenters cannot participate in personal discussions regarding individual’s circumstances – Disability Advisors liaise directly with frontline Work and Income staff. Their presentation will be broad and informational. Any questions or individual issues can be addressed to Disability Connect staff and we will endeavour to have your questions answered.

    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available from 30 minutes prior to the start of the seminar.

    Wednesday 10th August 7-9pm
    Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park

    West Auckland
    Tuesday 6th September 7-9pm
    MPHS Hub West, 27 Corban Avenue, Henderson

    South Auckland
    Thursday 22nd September 7-9pm
    Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa

    Central Auckland
    Tuesday 25th  October 12-2pm
    Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

    Central Auckland
    Wednesday 9th June 7-9pm
    Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose

    North Auckland
    Tuesday 22nd November 7-9pm
    Yes Disability Resource Centre, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany


    Disability Connect now charges $20 including GST for each professional attending (working in the disability sector) attending our seminars. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit.  We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments.  We are happy to send an invoice at time of booking of a professional and payment is required prior to attendance.  Refunds will only be given if you cancel and this must be made at least 24 hours prior to the seminar.  Please phone to cancel.

    There is no charge for parents or family members attending


    RSVP is essential: 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz


    Lisa Martin
    Disability Connect
    Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect
    09 636 0351

  • 25 Aug 2016 9:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Disability Connect e-bulletin for week beginning 22nd August 2016. Click on the link below to access the e-bulletin and read about:


    • Auckland Disability Law - Law on the Shore - ADL's new legal education series coming to the North Shore Events Centre
    • Disability Connect - Cultural Support Groups - Chinese Families Autism Support Groups and Indian and South Asian Families Support Group
    • Fun Day Out for our Special Children - Access for All - Sunday 4th September, 11am-3pm, North Shore Events Centre
    • Disability Connect Seminars for September/October - Education Legal Issues, Individualised Funding, Living Options, Planning for Adulthood (legal mechanisms for individuals with a disability), Transition out of school and Work and Income Supports in Disability
    • World Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day - Friday 9th September and launch of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Action Plan
    • Mapura Studios - "So Much There Is" - exciting and innovative exhibition opening on Wednesday 24th August from 5.30-7.30pm, Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
    • Mind and Hearts - Master Class - Children and adolescents with ASD - Prsented by Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, 15th and 16th September
    • InterACT 2016 - Time to get involved! Expressions of interest are being sought for involvement in InterACT 2016, which runs from 19-20th October at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson
    • Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for many articles, updates and things happening in the communit
    • Our e-bulletin includes links to a variety of so many different interesting websites and articles about a wide range of disability issues.


    e-bulletin 22 August 2016 PDF


    Feel free to email any interesting news or upcoming events to Disability Connect and we will endeavour to include in our next e-bulletin due to go out the week beginning 5th September 2016.


    Lisa Martin
    Disability Connect
    Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect
    09 636 0351

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