Highlights of the Leading sustainable change mental health and addiction sector symposium



today we had a 200 or more leaders from across the middle health and addiction sector leaders from all levels of services so from clinical leaders right through to people who were leaders on the shop floor there are people who are really filled with anticipation about the government's response to the mental health and addiction inquiry I want to know how they can play a role my life changed and the life of the six of us on the panel changed last year when we were given the great honor and the great responsibility of undertaking this inquiry on behalf of the people of our tier are so as we travel across the country there was voices of pain voices of sorrow but many of voices wanting change no more of being bounced from an alcohol and drug service or mental health service and the need to actually work together and collaboration in a partnership say that we can participate along all those services as well as our consumers they meant nothing additional inquiry has really raised a whole lot of questions about how we do things many of our leaders believe our organizations struggle with the idea of how to make those transformations I think today's event is an opportunity to talk about how how we can get ready for that transformation and a way to do that and I think the challenge will be for everybody here to think about how to make it real going forward it's timely now when you deal in to address inequities in a meaningful way it's timely to just for transformational and sustainable change and how the system particularly for me to have the addictions it's time to pivot and I think the only way we can pivot is actually working together there is not one person who's going to be able to lead the change or do the change so we all have to think about that so just shared responsibility it's not a health responsibility alone it's not a secondary services responsibility so that the theme of this conference is about an agenda for change and I'm not going to say too much about this but I think the hey bruh make this really nice comment is that we have implementation dysfunction so we're extremely good at identifying and refining and articulating our vision and our ambition we we're not so good it's delivering on that ambition you all say we want change but we all find it individually really hard to do I'm right in the midst of all of that at the moment where we've got hundred priorities things come at you and how do you sit back and be able to see the great methodology that should be used and implementation science for change so this afternoon session was focused on the introduction of a potential change complex change framework and Fraser Todd and Terry Hawaii guided us brilliantly around understanding some of the key concept of this of this change framework you know we really need to ask courageous and challenging questions of ourselves and just ask you know is my mahi is the work we're doing contributing for the collective good for the collective gain in the right way for all people in New Zealand I think coming together talking about change and hearing some of the real key messages around change have been really inspiring and I think a lot of people are leaving today feeling quite inspired let's not wait for others let's not wait for government let's not wait for the ministry health we have the skills we have to know how let's get on and do it now you

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