Submission on Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill


New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) was established in November 2015 to bring about increased investment in health research from government, industry and philanthropy. We have a commitment to ensuring that the results of health research are translated into policy and practice, and for there to be a level of investment in health research to enable this to happen as optimally as possible.

Submission summary

NZHR’s submission is that

• We support the establishment of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission and want it to be successful in improving both New Zealanders’ mental health and outcomes from the delivery of mental health and addictions services.

• We note that the Bill’s objectives effectively require it to be an agent for causing the results of different types of health research to be translated into mental health and addictions policy, practice and service delivery

• Most of the recommendations in He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction are not supported by any referenced evidence

• The current level of government investment in mental health and addictions research is about 20% of what it should be

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