A Mental Health and Addiction Framework: A Whānau Ora Approach

by Te Rau Matatini


A guiding principle of Rising to the Challenge Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012-2017 (SDP) (Ministry of Health, 2012) is that a Whānau Ora approach will be undertaken when working with Māori. In addition, The SDP as part of cementing and building on gains in resilience and recovery for Māori, states priority actions are to contribute to Whānau Ora initiatives. The underpinning principles of Whānau Ora can also broadly apply to Pasifika peoples. The government has recognised this in the recent establishment of a new Pasifika Whānau Ora commissioning agency.