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Tāngata whaiora and whānau perspectives on tino rangatiratanga and decision making under the Mental Health Act

Contributor(s): Mental Health Foundation.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Mental Health Foundation, 2023Description: electronic document (16 pages) ; PDF file.ISBN: 978-1-98-855431-0 (PDF).Subject(s): DECISION MAKING | DISABLED PEOPLE | HAUORA HINENGARO | MĀORI | MENTAL HEALTH | RANGAHAU MĀORI | TĀNGATA WHAIKAHA MĀORI | TE AO MĀORI | TINO RANGATIRATANGA | INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Download report, PDF | Read Mental Health Foundation submission | View Law Commission project Summary: This report summarises key findings from two online hui held by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) with six tāngata whaiora and whānau of whaiora in November 2022. These hui were held to support the MHF in preparation for their submission to Te Aka Matua o te Ture – the Law Commission’s review into laws related to Adult Decision-Making Capacity. The MHF submission focussed on supported decision-making in relation to the mental health system and the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act (the Mental Health Act), where compulsory treatment orders remove the ability of tāngata whaiora to make decisions about their mental health care and treatment. A kaupapa Māori approach was followed in the delivery of the hui, with appropriate tikanga and the opportunity to wānanga. This created a safe space to honour the kōrero shared by hui participants. The overarching theme we heard from hui participants was that the current mental health system for those who experience serious mental distress is not working, causes harm and removes autonomy of tāngata whaiora and their whānau. (From the Introduction). Record #8453
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This report summarises key findings from two online hui held by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) with six tāngata whaiora and whānau of whaiora in November 2022.
These hui were held to support the MHF in preparation for their submission to Te Aka Matua o te Ture – the Law Commission’s review into laws related to Adult Decision-Making Capacity.

The MHF submission focussed on supported decision-making in relation to the mental health system and the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act (the Mental
Health Act), where compulsory treatment orders remove the ability of tāngata whaiora to make decisions about their mental health care and treatment.

A kaupapa Māori approach was followed in the delivery of the hui, with appropriate tikanga and the opportunity to wānanga. This created a safe space to honour the kōrero shared by
hui participants.

The overarching theme we heard from hui participants was that the current mental health system for those who experience serious mental distress is not working, causes harm and removes autonomy of tāngata whaiora and their whānau. (From the Introduction). Record #8453

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