September 2016
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Kia ora,

The Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) project team are pleased to present you with our second newsletter.  Implementation of the SPHC Guideline is now well underway across the country.  In most areas steering groups have been set up to provide governance to local implementation processes, and key ‘Champions’ (aka ‘Facilitators’, ‘Drivers’ and ‘Lead Practitioners’) have been identified.  Their role is to lead the further development of family/whānau inclusive practice across organisations and services as we move to ensure the needs of children with parents experiencing mental health and/or addiction concerns are identified and addressed, where required.
 In this newsletter we have information about:


Key Changes:
Effective from 1st July
  • 3 new T-Codes which will support the implementation of the Supporting Parents Healthy Children Guidelines
  • (1) Support for family/whānau – T47
  • (2) Support for children of parents with mental illness and addictions (COPMIA) – T49
  • (3) Support for parents with mental illness and addictions – T50
Key Messages:
  • The ‘mechanics’ and operationalisation of T-Codes sits with the specific Patient-Management Systems of DHBs
  • Recording will occur in line with the systems DHBs and NGOs have in place
  • Activity with children,  parents, family and whānau will continue to be collected against the NHI of the identified client
  • Where NGO and DHB services provide specific interventions for children, these are recorded against the NHI of the child
  • The site coordinators and PRIMHD champions remain a key resource for supporting organisations at a local/regional level.
Practitioners and clinicians are encouraged to access the available resource - “Guide to PRIMHD activity collection and use” (pages 75-77). Click here to view the resource.

The Journey at Southern District Health Board, Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID)

Starting point
In March 2014, we commenced with a multi-disciplinary project group of clinical staff, managers, family advisors and Kaioranga Hauroa Māori. The challenge was to develop processes and protocols for ensuring that the needs of Children of Parents with Mental Illness and Addictions were recognised and considered, and our adult service-users supported in their parenting role.  Southern DHB has the largest geographical area of the DHB’s and we were clear that all of our services needed to be involved in this paradigm shift. Read more...

Family focussed mental health and/or addictions practice questionnaire

Clinicians/practitioners are invited to participate in an important national survey about family/whānau focused practice in the mental health and addiction sectors in New Zealand.
The aim of this survey is to determine current family/whānau-focussed practices across the mental health and addiction sectors and the types of implementation support that is most needed.  Participating will give you a unique opportunity to provide input into that workforce development, training and resource planning. The survey focuses upon:
  • mental health/addictions worker/kaimahi skills and knowledge
  • workplace policies and procedures
  • the logistics - time, workload and location
  • opportunities for professional development
  • engagement and confidence issues in relation to working with parents who experience mental health issues, their families/whānau and children. 
The survey will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. You will not be personally identified in any data analysis. Your input will be greatly appreciated.
Please copy & paste the link below it into your internet browser.
All those who complete the survey will go into the draw for a $100 shopping voucher (there will be two of these).

SPHC Website 

A New Zealand specific SPHC website will be launched later in September. will offer a “one stop shop” of information, resources and training opportunities for children and young people, parents and whānau and professionals. In the first instance many of the resources will be drawn from the COPMI Australia website however over the next 12 months all of the resources will be adapted and updated to ensure they are specifically tailored to a New Zealand audience.  In the meantime much of the content within the resources is relevant and useful for families/whānau and professionals in New Zealand.

Events and Training Mahi takune / Whakangunu

SPHC Champions Workshop

Wellington – October 28

10 am to 4pm

The Werry Centre and the across Workforce Programme ‘SPHC Project Team are offering a Forum for identified SPHC Champions (‘Facilitators’, ‘Drivers’ and ‘Lead Practitioners’).  This day will provide guidance and support for SPHC Champions working in DHBs and NGOs across New Zealand. The opportunity to hear from other implementation sites on successes and struggles will be made available.  An overview of resources including training will be offered.  The development of a national network of Champions will be a key outcome of the day, with identified mechanisms for on-going contact established.
Spaces are limited.  Priority will be given to those who have the support of their managers and local SPHC governance/implementation group.

Bouverie Centre Single Session Family Consultation Workshops

Christchurch November 14 & 15

Auckland November 17 & 18

We are thrilled to announce these two day workshops run by the Bouverie Centre. The Bouverie Centre: Victoria’s Family Institute is an integrated service that provides clinical services, workforce development, teaching research and community education.  Their work focuses on the fundamental role of the family/whānau in the recovery process and the power of relationships to foster social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

This two-day workshop teaches participants how to conduct a Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC). The focus of this workshop is on engaging with and attending to the needs of family/whānau members in service contexts where the primary client is usually an individual (e.g. adult mental health and AOD services).

The workshop equips participants with skills in facilitating productive and efficient meetings with families that can be adapted to fit the context of the workplace and client group. It also involves particular attention to the process of negotiating with the client/consumer about how the family consultation will occur to avoid jeopardizing the primary relationship between the client and the practitioner. Participants will practice these skills in a safe and supportive learning environment, with coaching from Bouverie trainers with experience in both the mental health and AOD sectors.

A flyer will be circulated in mid-September with registration criteria and details.  Information will also be available on the websites of all of the workforce centres.
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