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Family Information - Southland

A range of specialist mental health services and resources are available to families in Southland. These services are delivered by the Southern DHB’s Mental Health and Addictions Service and a range of other contracted providers (Non-Government Organisations) who deliver specialist services in the community.

Services for families in Southland include:

  • Southern DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services Family Advisor
  • Supporting Families Central Otago
  • Supporting Families Southland
  • Supporting Families Wakatipu

Information about these services can be found on this website. If you would like to know what other services are available for families in Southland and Wakatipu see the attached copy of the Information for Families Booklet (937 KB).

Southern DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services employ a Family Advisor (0.8 FTE). The role of the Family Advisor is to work alongside services to ensure they are supporting and meeting the needs of families. It includes the review of policies and procedures, the development and distribution of resources, community liaison, and the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects that support families. The Family Advisor provides education for staff, community groups and the general public. The Family Advisor also works with a Family Advisory Group. The group supports the role by providing feedback about services and having input into service development. To contact the Family Advisor phone (03) 214 5786, extension 7995 or email Sharon Morrison -> mailto:sharon [dot] morrison [at] southerndhb [dot] govt [dot] nz.

SOUTHLAND FAMILY-WHANAU REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

In 2010 the Southland Family-Whanau Representative Group was formed. The group meets monthly and has been established to provide sector-wide representation by bringing together family representatives from all organisations that deliver mental health and addiction services in Southland. The group's mission statement is 'that families-whanau are involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Mental Health and Addiction services to ensure services are responsive to the needs of individuals (Health and Disability Standard 2.6)'.

The group provides feedback to the Future Directions Network Representative Group and discusses issues affecting service delivery and families. The group also makes submissions on local and national issues affecting families and has input regarding education and training events for staff who work in the sector and for families.

Membership of the Southland Family-Whanau Representative Group is:

  • Adventure Development Ltd
  • Age Concern
  • Family Representatives from the Invercargill and Te Anau communities
  • Gore Counselling Centre
  • Kakakura Health Services
  • Pacific Islands Advisory and Cultural Trust
  • Pact Southland
  • Southern DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Southern DHB Mental Health and Addictions Family Advisor
  • Southern Primary Health Organisation
  • Supporting Families Southland

Information regarding the Southland Family-Whanau Representative Group meeting dates is included in the Future Directions Mental Health and Addictions Events Calendar which can be found here.

If you would like to know more about the work that the Southland Family-Whanau Representative Group does then please contact the group's Chair Sharon Morrison -> mailto:sharon [dot] morrison [at] southerndhb [dot] govt [dot] nz.