To understand if our mental health and addiction system is meeting the needs of people and communities, we need to develop a way to monitor and assess this.

We are creating a framework called He Ara Āwhina, which means pathways to support. This will be used to monitor, assess, and advocate for improvements to Aotearoa’s mental health and addiction system. 

About He Ara Āwhina

The framework will:

  • describe what the ideal future mental health and addiction system looks like
  • identify success markers that will allow us to measure the shift from the current mental health and addiction system to the future ideal system
  • set the methodology for how we select the right quantitative and qualitative data to measure and assess services against the optimal state of our mental health and addiction system.

He Ara Āwhina co-define phase

The co-define phase of this framework has been completed and a summary report(external link) can be read and downloaded.

Next steps

We have started on the next phase of developing the framework. An expert advisory group (EAG) has been set up to advise and guide us through the process.

We will be developing the draft framework in the coming months and will seek public feedback on the draft in February and March 2022.



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