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18 October, 2022

National Hauora Coalition Receives Australasian Award For Primary Mental Healthcare in Tāmaki Makaurau

The National Hauora Coalition acknowledges Te Tumu Waiora kaimahi working across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Tū Whakaruruhau (IPMHAS)- The Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative receives international recognition for successfully guiding the implementation of a new model of primary mental healthcare in Tāmaki Makaurau.  Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a of the National Hauora Coalition (NHC) is the Program Director of Tū Whakaruruhau and attended the Mental Health Service Awards in Sydney to receive the medal.  The MHS Medal is the penultimate award of the event.

The judges commented, “This is a great example of a systems change that was piloted and then scaled up in the primary care setting, to address moderate to severe mental distress. 

The award is representative of collaboration and hard work from a large number of organisations who were willing to push boundaries in order to design and implement a service that can meet the needs of our most underserved populations.  

“We are immensely humbled and proud of all our Awhi Ora and Te Tumu Waiora kaimahi working under the umbrella of Tū Whakaruruhau,” says Program Director (Tū Whakaruruhau) and Director of Research and Evaluation (NHC)- Dr Ainsleigh Cribb- Su’a.

Judges further iterated – “The strong lived experience and Māori involvement in the design, implementation, ongoing monitoring, and evaluation, is a key strength.”

The National Hauora Coalition is a Māori owned and led charity, and primary health organisation.  In collaboration with our partners, we deliver a wide range of innovative health and social programmes that improve outcomes for whānau and benefit Aotearoa. 


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Mahitahi Trust Cultural Leaders, Louise Minhinnick, and Matua Elvis Castle with Dr. Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (centre).

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