Health report disappoints

RURAL Women New Zealand was disappointed there were no recommendations to support rural communities in the Government’s mental health and addiction inquiry report.

National RWNZ president Fiona Gower said New Zealand’s rural communities were suffering more than most from the lack of access to mental health and addiction services.

RWNZ lodged a submission to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry.

“While some of our concerns are noted in the body of the report, there are no recommendations that will alleviate our concerns.

“The use of tele-health services could help solve isolation by distance if there was access to adequate and affordable connectivity. Unfortunately this is not the case in much of rural New Zealand,” Ms Gower said.

“A far better solution is to train those living and working in rural communities to identify and support those suffering, as well as education and support programmes to lower the incidence of mental illness, suicides and family violence.

“RWNZ would also like to see a rural impact assessment carried out on all the recommendations before they’re implemented.

RURAL Women New Zealand was disappointed there were no recommendations to support rural communities in the Government’s mental health and addiction inquiry report.

National RWNZ president Fiona Gower said New Zealand’s rural communities were suffering more than most from the lack of access to mental health and addiction services.

RWNZ lodged a submission to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry.

“While some of our concerns are noted in the body of the report, there are no recommendations that will alleviate our concerns.

“The use of tele-health services could help solve isolation by distance if there was access to adequate and affordable connectivity. Unfortunately this is not the case in much of rural New Zealand,” Ms Gower said.

“A far better solution is to train those living and working in rural communities to identify and support those suffering, as well as education and support programmes to lower the incidence of mental illness, suicides and family violence.

“RWNZ would also like to see a rural impact assessment carried out on all the recommendations before they’re implemented.

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