The Advisory Group established to develop an action plan for Te Tahuhu – Improving Mental Health has met five times since 25 August 2005 and has now completed an initial draft.
During November and December the Ministry of Health has undertaken a three step process of gaining initial feedback on a draft before going to Cabinet for their approval to release the draft for consultation.
The draft action plan has been reviewed by senior peer reviewers from across the mental health and addiction sector, and has also been reviewed by a number of key sector stakeholder groups.
The Ministry of Health has also provided presentations to a number of key groups, updating them on the process that has been undertaken.
The draft action plan uses a template similar to that used in the Cancer Control Action Plan. The action plan has been drafted to predominately be a ‘high-level’ document. It is built around actions to meet the ten leading challenges in Te Tahuhu – Improving Mental Health. The leading challenges were a mix of both high level strategic statements and operationally specific statements – the actions in the action plan are the same.