Mauri Ora project to revisit approach to care to understand Lakes DHB future Men
26/01/2018 12:14:28 p.m.

Friday 26 January 2018

Mauri Ora project to revisit approach to care to understand Lakes DHB future Mental Health facility requirements

The Chair of Lakes District Health Board Deryck Shaw says mental health and addictions care is delivered mainly in the community with access when necessary to acute inpatient and other specialist services.

He says an integrated and collaborative approach is needed between the DHB mental health and addictions service and primary health services, community providers and social service agencies.

Deryck Shaw says the needs of service users and their families will be at the forefront of service development and a new model of care is being designed to guide service delivery and the facility redevelopment.

Lakes DHB is inviting the whole of the Lakes health system to participate in the upcoming model of care work to ensure any new facility supports the community’s needs.

The current mental health inpatient facility on the Rotorua Hospital site (Whare Whakaue) was adequate for its day, however 40 years later is no longer contemporary or meeting international clinical best practice. The unit is also in need of redevelopment due to its condition, says Deryck Shaw.

This activity will work along side the recently announced national inquiry in to mental health and further ensure what we design is able to provide good care into the future.

Deryck Shaw says the on-going planning will have involvement of iwi, mental health service users and their families and service providers.

The project has been given the name Mauri Ora, which reflects aspirational outcomes for mental health service users and encapsulates the care journey towards flourishing wellness.

A Lakes Mental Health and Addictions Facility Development Governance Group has been established to oversee the project.