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Werry Centre E-Bulletin August 2016

25 Aug 2016 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Just as I think winter rain and cold will never end, the first magnolias appear to buoy the spirits and act as a harbinger of warmer brighter days. This year there has been plenty to think about with reports of the enormity of child poverty and unprecedented homelessness in New Zealand. So I have been pleased to witness some of the activity happening as part of the massive transformation project resulting from the‘Investing in New Zealand’s Children and their Families’ EAP report. This ambitious report has 81 recommendations for a child centred system for a new core agency replacing the existing Child, Youth and Family agency. The work aims to create a system which recognises trauma and provides early intervention. The report reflects the voices and experiences of young people who have been in care, families and care givers – which gives it resonance.

The Werry Centre is pleased to be organising a Training Day in Wellington on 17 November which has a focus on trauma. The day will include half day training in trauma assessment and screening from the Orygen team from Melbourne. More information will be posted as the agenda is finalised. We and our Supporting Parents Healthy Children Workforce Centre colleagues are able to offer 2 day training in Single Session Consultation from by the Bouverie Centre in Christchurch 14/15 November and Auckland 17/18 November – more information to follow on our website and in the SPHC September newsletter.

I am pleased to be able to represent the Werry Centre at two upcoming Mental Health, Fit for the Future: co-development workshops, being held by the Ministry of Health, looking at system wide solutions to increased pressure on mental health services. The process is particularly aimed at ways to support primary and community care managing those with mild to moderate needs. I am interested in your thoughts about what the issues are, as well as the solutions, for the Infant, Child and Youth mental health and addiction sectors.

Welcome to Spring,


Sue Dashfield
General Manager

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