The Initial Commission was responsible for monitoring and providing advice on progress of the Government’s system transformation response to He Ara Oranga. This included monitoring progress on the implementation of kaupapa Māori approaches.
Mā Te Rongo Ake is a report from the Initial Commission that assesses progress of the Government’s response to He Ara Oranga, the inquiry into mental health and addiction, addresses the question: “how is system transformation progressing?”, and asks:
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The Initial Commission listened and heard from people with a diverse range of perspectives, including:
The Initial Commission’s assessment shows that Government has shown commitment to drive change and deliver on its obligation to He Ara Oranga, but change isn’t always what was envisaged in He Ara Oranga, particularly by people on the ground who had high expectations for transformation.
While significant Government investment is happening, it has been prioritised and sequenced over time. People in the community and on the frontline are concerned at the lack of a visible plan and worry Government investment is ad hoc, too slow, and not targeted in the right areas.
The report highlights examples of services and movements that are supporting communities to improve health and wellbeing in a way that demonstrates the principles and recommendations of He Ara Oranga. These community programmes demonstrate a wellbeing approach where cultural and peer-led services work alongside clinical services.
We acknowledge the vision and courage of these community organisations to stand by their models and work differently, both before and since He Ara Oranga, and light the path to system transformation:
The Initial Commission’s interim report, He Ara Oranga - Mānuka Takoto, Kawea Ake / Upholding the Wero Laid in He Ara Oranga, was published in June 2020. It provided a check-in on progress of Government's response to He Ara Oranga, the inquiry into mental health and addiction. It focused on four initial priority areas, and offered advice to consider in the early days of system transformation:
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The key themes in the report are: