Primary Mental Health

Te Pou Ora o te Piringatahia is a Northland regional strategy that involves bothTe Tai Tokerau and Manaia Primary Health Organisations (PHO).

The name  Te Pou Ora o te Piringatahi was gifted to the PHO’s as a koha by a group of Northland Kuia & Kaumatua to acknowledge their collective strength to improve health and wellbeing.

The objectives are:

  • To improve the identification, treatment and support for people with Mental Health & Addiction issues in Primary care.
  • To provide better follow up and coordination.
  • To promote better understanding and prevention of Mental health and Addiction issues in Northland.

Who is eligible for this support?

You can receive support from this service :

  • If you are enrolled with Te Tai Tokerau PHO through your local general practice
  • If you present with a mild to moderate mental health issue – this may include – grief from trauma, stress such as experienced in loss of work or relationship break up, depression , anxiety, postnatal depression and challenges from everyday living that seem to accumulate without a way to manage.

More serious mental health issues remain the specialist area of Northland DHB Mental Health & Addiction services.

Where are the services:

Ngati Hine Hauora Whanui – ph 09 4041551
Covering Kawkawa,Moerewa, Paihia , Kerikeri  Whangaroa

Te Hiku Hauora – Kaitaia   ph 09 4084024

Broadway Health Centre – Kaikohe : 09 4011556

Hauora HokiangaRawene –  ph 09 405- 7709

Background Information 

Six initiatives have been implemented by the PHOs:

  • A practitioner role has been established with six experienced Mental Health professionals employed across Northland to work with GP/Practice Nurses/Primary care staff in the care of clients with mild to moderate mental health issues.
  • A website and database has been developed to collect and track information to better understand the mental health needs of the Northland population.
  • Subsidised counselling has been made available for enrolled patients who are not eligible for government subsidised counselling.
  • Hauora Hokianga and Whangaroa have established a therapeutic recreation project where an experienced professional has been employed to promote healthy lifestyle and coping strategies / programs for difficult to access communities.
  • The Relapse Prevention initiative provides specific support for patients ready for discharge from secondary mental services and resources a case managed transition back into the care of their GP.

A significant workforce development initiative commenced with a needs analysis, and the resulting education and training aimed to build the capacity of the primary health workforce to provide care to patients with mental health issues.