Choice And Partnership Approach - National CAPA Forum 2019



An opportunity for DHB, NGO and Primary Health services to come together to share the most recent sector updates and connect with other CAPA services from across the regions. The 2019 Werry Workforce Whāraurau National CAPA Forum is set to be a stimulating day for both new and existing CAPA services.




Welcome to the 2019 National CAPA Forum - Stacey Porter, Werry Workforce Whāraurau


► National ICAMHS Update - Stocktake Results & Discussion - Karin Isherwood, Werry Workforce Whāraurau

► CAPA in the Rural Environment: an International Perspective from Alice Springs - Carly Halkett, Central Australia Health Service

► CAPA in Tai Tokerau, Northland: A New Zealand Perspective - Tonia Rielly & Anneke Bylsma, Northland DHB

► Improving Service Quality using the Choice and Partnership Approach - Janice Bowers & Elisabeth Turner, Whanganui DHB

► Real Skills Plus ICAMHS Competency Framework for CAPA Services - Bronwyn Pagey, Werry Workforce Whāraurau

► Launch of New Resources and CAPA within the Primary Health Sector – a presentation of service journeys



Tonia Rielly & Anneke Bylsma
Northland DHB

Tonia Rielly
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Pātea te awa,
Ko Aotea to waka,
Ko Wharepuni te marae
Ko Nḡati Tupaea rawa ko Arakuuku te hapu,
Ko Nḡati Ruanui te iwi,
No Whangārei ahau.
Ko Tonia Rielly tōku ingoa.

I am the team leader for Te Roopu Kimiora Child & Adolescent Mental Health service for Northland District Health Board and together with my colleague Anneke Bylsma, we will be sharing our experience of working with CAPA in the Tai Tokerau region specifically Whangārei and districts, where we cover a population of approximately 60,000. Highlights of this presentation will include our CAPA journey to date, the positives, as well as some of the challenges that come from working outside of a major city centre.

Epenesa Olo-Whaanga
Child and Youh Mental Health and Addictions, Ministry of Health

Epenesa Olo-Whaanga has a strong passion for and a broad background in mental health and addictions. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in infant, child, adolescent mental health, adult mental health, and addictions. She has a private practice in Auckland.

Epenesa has also worked clinically in the Pacific Islands and is a visiting Health Specialist to the Cook Islands. Epenesa is keenly aware of the high demand for mental health and addictions services, the workforce issues in the specialist area and the inequities of outcome for Māori and Pasifika populations.

Carly Halkett
Central Australia Health Service 

Carly works in a small CAPA child and youth mental health team that covers an area with a population of approximately 28,000 within a remote town location with approximately 40% aboriginal and 60% non-aboriginal clients between the ages of 3-18 years. As a small remote location with a transient population, the service is often involved with children and young people along with their families and carers who may not always be meeting the criteria of a traditional moderate-severe child and adolescent mental health service. At times there can be a lack of other service providers in town who are able to meet the needs of the community, along with changes in funding, capacity and staff turnover which all add to the complexities of working in Central Australia. The service has the continual challenge of high staff turnover based on the remote location, and they continue to struggle to recruit clinicians with plenty of child adolescent mental health experience. Carly has experience of working under and implementing CAPA within services in NZ and brings this together in sharing the experiences of a CAPA implementation in Alice Springs. 

Janice Bowers
Whanganui DHB

Janice Bowers, clinical nurse manager at Whanganui DHB has been leading a project for ICAMHAS (Infant, child and adolescent mental health and addiction services) to improve the way their team managers service transitions. As a department, they have committed to implementing the CAPA model of care, which values young people being at the centre of decision-making. 

"We realised that many of our young clients weren't actively setting their own goals at the first assessment and often weren't given clear areas to work on between appointments. Also, they weren't involved in designing the transition plan that was being developed for them."

The project team, led by Janice, decided to take a directed focus on the quality of their service delivery. The steps taken have been successful, with young people and their family/whānau taking charge of their own mental health goals, plus it's much better for the clinicians. Join Janice and her team as they share their CAPA experiences. 





There is no cost for attendance. Places will be limited so please register early.

Please note that registration is not confirmation of a place at this event.

For queries about the event please contact Liz Barker at


Thursday 25 July 2019
Venue details will be provided once registrations have closed
Phone number: 
09 923 1267
There is no cost associated with attending this event and full catering will be supplied