Report highlights inequity of mental health service quality and outcomes for Māori - media release

Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan today released an update to his 2018 monitoring and advocacy report on New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services, which highlights ongoing concerns about inequity of mental health service quality and outcomes for Māori.

Kevin Allan said 41% of adults who experienced seclusion within inpatient services in 2017 were Māori. Māori also had higher rates of homelessness and supported accommodation than others accessing services in 2017/18.

“This update report highlights a need for services to continue to focus on making improvements in a number of areas, including in relation to equity, consumer partnership, and the use of compulsory treatment and seclusion, especially for Māori,” Kevin Allan said.

The update report tracks progress made on key measures of quality of mental health and addiction services in New Zealand, looking at data from the five years to June 2018.

“Tracking progress against indicators of service quality allows us to see trends, highlight areas of concern or identify where there has been improvement,” Kevin Allan said.

“On a positive note, the update report shows that generally people improve when they access services, and that most people and their whānau would recommend their service to others.”

The Mental Health Commissioner will release a fuller assessment of services in 2020, which will include qualitative analysis and recommendations, alongside a further update of the measures included in this year’s report.

View the summary and full report.