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Enhanced outpatient facility for Child and Youth Mental Health

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About this
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The Cause

Accessing mental health services can be a stressful, overwhelming and uncertain time for children, adolescents and their whānau. Whether it is for a one-off appointment or part of a journey of recovery, it is the little details that make the difference.

In 2019 the Government confirmed funding for the development of a new Integrated Family Services Unit at Hillmorton, which includes the Child, Adolescent and Family inpatient unit. However, despite a significant increase in demand for specialist community treatment and support, there was no provision for a community-based outpatient facility.

We want our community – our friends, loved ones, our whānau – to be supported in a physical environment that promotes wellbeing.  A place that supports our workforce to continue the amazing mahi that they do.  A place that instills hope and a sense of value to all those within it.

Māia’s current project is to help create a modern Child, Adolescent and Family outpatient facility that will be a dramatic improvement on the current treatment space.  An environment that is contemporary, welcoming and recovery focused, that supports the wellbeing of the children, adolescent and whānau in our community.  A place where tamariki and rangatahi feel safe and respected when accessing services at any stage of their journey.

 The Vision

- Young people and whānau-centred - with indoor / outdoor flow.

- Health and wellbeing promoting using light, spaces for play and engagement, colours and aesthetics.

- Age and stage considerations; safety but not restricted.

- Clinically effective and therapeutic using technology, sensory spaces, and multi-agency/whānau inclusion.

- Specific therapy and quiet spaces.

The Facts

There has been a 140% increase in demand for Child, Adolescent and Family (CAF) services since 2018. That's an average of 433 young people being referred each month. 

There has been a 108% increase in new presentations in the past eight years, compared to 36% increase in the adult service, against a backdrop of 10% population growth. 

The Location  

The facility, which is being jointly developed by Māia and the Canterbury DHB, will be located at the former Canterbury Linen Services building, on the outskirts of the Hillmorton campus.

Canterbury DHB’s Board has approved substantial funding to redevelop the site, including earthquake strengthening to provide an upgraded ‘shell’.  Once this first phase is complete a full fit-out will be carried out, creating a modern, fit-for-purpose CAF outpatient facility.  It are these enhancements which will be largely funded by Māia.

Māia Chief Executive Michael Flatman says having the location of the new facility confirmed is an exciting step forward for the project.

“The DHB has put considerable effort into identifying a setting for the new CAF facility that will be welcoming for children, young people and their whānau while also providing an appropriate space for the delivery of clinical care.

“We believe the former linen services building is an ideal site.  It offers exciting scope to create a fully refurbished CAF outpatient facility which is contemporary, welcoming and recovery focused.  It will be a space where people feel safe and respected and will offer a range of therapeutic spaces to enable treatments and therapies which are not possible in the current environment.”

Currently the CAF outpatient service operates across three facilities, with the majority of patients seen at The Princess Margaret Hospital and the Hillmorton campus. 

“These current facilities are old, inadequate, cramped and do not reflect our modern way of care nor do they support or reflect the excellent work of our dedicated mental health workforce.  Māia is thrilled to help create a modern, fit for purpose CAF outpatient facility that our community desperately needs.”

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