Two key reports have been released in the past year with both highlighting the need to increase access to evidence-based practicies in mental health and employment.

The Mental Health and Work: New Zealand report, recently released earlier this year by the OECD, has recommendations on the need for integrated health and employment support services.

While He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction also highlighted the importance of employment support, for those facing mental health challenges.

It’s heartening to see both reports acknowledge that employment is a health intervention, and the crucial role of integrated policy, funding and service delivery approaches.

The government’s response

The government have now released their response to the recommendations in the OECD mental health and work report. Accepting, accepting in principle, and giving further consideration to 18 out of 20 of the recommendations. Details can be found in the attached extract from the cabinet paperResponse to the inquiry into mental health and addiction (May 2019).

The full cabinet paper can be found here.

Accessing the reports

Click here to read a concise summary of the OECD report, prepared by our strategic advisor, Dr Helen Lockett.

In addition, click below to access the: