This week the Prime Minister has released the terms of reference for the proposed Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. The inquiry is broad in scope, setting out to hear the issues from a people’s perspective, and to make recommendations across all structures within the health and the broader public sector. The inquiry will be chaired by Professor Ron Paterson, and there are two Māori on the panel of six (Sir Mason Durie and Dean Rangihuna).
This is a policy area of particular importance to Māori, as Māori are significantly over-represented in mental health service areas, and in suicide statistics. We note the terms of reference acknowledge this health inequality, and ask the panel to consider this matter, and to also work in ways appropriate to Māori, and in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi. The panel will report back their findings to the Minister of Health by 31 October. Subscribers working in this sector should see this as a renewed opportunity to influence how Government support in this area is funded and delivered. The terms of reference are here: