$6-million given to unfunded mental health services
The Government has announced $6-million of funding for 23 existing, but unfunded, mental health services. The funding will go to 22 general practices and a kaupapa Maori provider, across seven District Health Boards. The practices are all using a non-referral based model, which means patients get same-day access to mental health support. The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said she wants every New Zealander to be able to access mental health specialists at the same medical centre as their GP. The Tamaki Health clinical lead for mental health, Dr David Codyre, speaks with Corin Dann.