Werryforce Resource April 2018 is here!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Kia ora!

This issue, we offer up a Quick Guide to the SACAT Bill, more great conversations from the AOD sector and the Youth Consumer Forum, launch of a new Substances And Choices Scale video guide as well as hot off the press Infographics of our last 'Stocktake' research.

Werry News

I hope you enjoyed time with those you love most over Easter, and managed a perfect mix of rest and fun.  We are a quarter way through the year and have already held a number of successful training events with lots more coming – so do check our events pages regularly.

Last week we held the first quarterly meeting of a newly appointed joint Clinical Reference Group for Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and Werry Workforce Whāraurau. This group of eminent representatives from relevant sector areas provides a forum for feedback and allows us to share information with varied sector groups. The Ministry of Health and Disability Commission will also join us regularly to add their expertise. The advice and ideas that spring are invaluable. Particularly in discussions on how we will view longer term planning, made possible by 5+ year contracts with Health Workforce New Zealand.

At Werry, we welcomed Sasha Soupen to the Parenting Portfolio team as Assistant Project Manager. Sasha previously worked part time with the Project Support team while completing her Masters and we were thrilled she applied for the role. Lisa Maughan, National Coordinator for Triple P, has gone on Maternity Leave and last week welcomed a gorgeous daughter.

Our bubbly Core Services Manager Rachel leaves in mid-April on a new venture, and we will shortly recruit her replacement.  While our Business Analyst Leanne Eruera into our newly created Operations Manager position, which I am very pleased about.

Ngā mihi,

Sue Dashfield, Managing Director

Our Highlights


The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment & Treatment) Act has commenced. Check out our guide to the main changes for services, as advised by Ministry of Health during our last Sector Leaders' Day.


Fresh Focus for Tamariki 

It’s been a year since the launch of Oranga Tamariki; Hoani Jeremy Lambert, Deputy Chief Exec of Voices of Children, filled us in.

New Youth Peer Groups Study

A new study provided insight into peer groups and alcohol related harm. Ben Birks-Ang, NZ Drugs Foundation presented this research.



New Resources

SACS ABC Video Guide Launched

We launch a new video guide to aid practitioners with SACS ABC Brief Intervention.


Infographics for The Stocktake!

Since it's the beginning of a new Stocktake year, we've released four new infographics of the current data from across the sector.



Great Conversations

The Latest in CEP: Internet & Porn Addiction 
Our last NZ-wide Co-Existing Problems telepaed welcomed insight from Scott Turnbull of Mirror HQ Whakaata Tohu Tohu on a recent increase of problematic internet and pornography use.


Annual Youth Consumers Forum
Our Youth Consumer Advisor, James Boyd, recently coordinated the 2017 Youth Consumer Forum - Hear the latest!
Dr Ann York on CAPA FAQs
While preparing for the CAPA Forum, Dr York gave us an insight into her recent international discussions on the model.

Mockup psd created by Freepik