Election 2017 – NZ First’s Reply

1. What is your party’s vision for the mental health and wellbeing of all people in our country?

New Zealand Firsts’ vision for mental health and wellbeing of all people in our country is to provide our citizens with certainty about their healthcare and ensure timely access to quality services. We support calls for a national mental health inquiry to address the issues in our mental health system.

2. How was this vision co-designed with culturally diverse people with lived experience of mental/emotional distress?

New Zealand First vision for health was developed by consultation within the diverse members of the party and its board. Our local community and expert opinion is carefully considered when creating our policy to ensure all people in our country can have certainty about their healthcare.

3. What are the detailed policies your party has to implement this vision?

New Zealand First has a robust health policy to address the varying needs of a diverse population. We support calls for a national mental health inquiry so that we can better understand the issues our mental health system is facing. Additional to this, our most recent manifesto details that New Zealand First will;

  • Increase the options of mental health services available, working towards a community view instead of a medical view of services.
  • Provide additional resourcing for child and youth mental health services, and the necessary resources and funding to address the continuing appalling state of mental health services
  • Increase the number of acute and non-acute beds and accommodation units for the mentally ill and modify the process of judicial review of decisions to release mentally ill patients into the community.

4. How were these policies co-designed with culturally diverse people with lived experience of mental/emotional distress?

New Zealand First policy is developed by consultation within the diverse members of the party and its board. As mentioned in question two, our local community and expert opinion is carefully considered when creating policies to ensure that people in our country can have certainty about their healthcare.

5. What is your party’s position on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in relation to people with psychosocial disabilities?

New Zealand First supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in relation to people with psychosocial disabilities. New Zealand First recognizes the right of every New Zealander to equality of opportunity.

6. What are your party’s short, medium and long term targets for implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in relation to people with psychosocial disabilities?

In many cases, the real handicap to full participation in society by people with disabilities is not the disability itself, but environmental barriers, ill-informed attitudes, and inadequate support services.

New Zealand First would strengthen the role of the Minister for Disability Issues and develop leadership within the disability community. We would also promote policies recognizing that people with disabilities are in the best position to identify and articulate their own needs, thus ensuring that the private sector is aware of its obligations and ensure that all agencies delivering services to people with disabilities meet standards and demonstrate a constructive relationship with their client group.

7. How were these targets co-designed with culturally diverse people with lived experience of psychosocial disabilities?

New Zealand First policy is developed by consultation within the diverse members of the party and its board. As mentioned in previously in the survey, our local community and expert opinion is carefully considered when creating policies to ensure that people in our country can have certainty about their healthcare.

8. What is your party’s understanding of the allocation of the current mental health budget? 

While New Zealand First acknowledges that the mental health budget has been increased by $224million over four years through the social investment package, this funding is poorly allocated and we do not think this is enough to keep up with population growth and increasing demand. There needs to be a national mental health inquiry so that funds can be allocated accordingly to ensure the best possible outcomes.

9. How will your party allocate the mental health budget in the short, medium and long term?

A national mental health inquiry would provide a better picture of the entire mental health system and provide detailed expert information on core areas that need urgent attention and additional resources.

10. How was this allocation co-designed with culturally diverse people with lived experience of mental/emotional distress? 

New Zealand First policy is developed by consultation within the diverse members of the party and its board. As mentioned in previously in the survey, our local community and expert opinion is carefully considered when creating policies to ensure that people in our country can have certainty about their healthcare.

11. What are your party’s national mental health targets?

New Zealand First policy:

  • Increase the options of mental health services available, working towards a community view instead of a medical view of services.
  • Provide additional resourcing for child and youth mental health services, and the necessary resources and funding to address the continuing appalling state of mental health services
  • Increase the number of acute and non-acute beds and accommodation units for the mentally ill and modify the process of judicial review of decisions to release mentally ill patients into the community.

12. What is your party’s plan to measure these targets?

New Zealand First would consistently monitor the progress in these areas to ensure that needs are being met so that New Zealanders can have certainty in the healthcare and timely access to quality services.

13. How were these targets and the measurement plan co-designed with culturally diverse people with lived experience of mental/emotional distress?

New Zealand First policy is developed by consultation within the diverse members of the party and its board. As mentioned in previously in the survey, our local community and expert opinion is carefully considered when creating policies to ensure that people in our country can have certainty about their healthcare.

14. What is your party’s plan to evaluate the provision of mental health services?

A national mental health inquiry would provide a better picture of the entire mental health system and provide detailed expert information on core areas that need urgent attention and additional resources.

15. How will this evaluation be co-designed with culturally diverse people with lived experience of mental/emotional distress?

New Zealand First policy is developed by consultation within the diverse members of the party and its board. As mentioned in previously in the survey, our local community and expert opinion is carefully considered when creating policies to ensure that people in our country can have certainty about their healthcare.

16. What is your party’s position on Te Āiotanga: Report of the Confidential Forum for Former In-Patients of Psychiatric Hospitals?

 17. What is your party’s position on an inquiry into the historic abuse of people in psychiatric institutions?

18. What is your party’s position on an inquiry into current abuse of people in mental health facilities?

New Zealand First has called for a review into the current abuse of people in mental health facilities.

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