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The Minister of Health Andrew Little congratulated the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission in becoming an independent Crown entity in its first day.
“This is a very significant day for the Commission. Its members will be dedicated to contributing to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in New Zealand,” said Andrew Little.
“The inaugural Commission has a strong board to support the Government’s goals around mental health and wellbeing and I want to wish chair Hayden Wano and his team all the best for their mahi which lies ahead.”
The membership of its board will comprise of a diverse range of skills, backgrounds and experiences. They are to set a representation for the broad population in New Zealand in making difference to the health and social systems.
“I want to thank the Inquiry Panel that led the inquiry into mental health and addiction in 2018. They delivered an honest account of the mental health and addiction landscape, including recommendations which have now resulted in change,” said Andrew Little.
“At this time, I also want to acknowledge the work of the outgoing Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan. Kevin began his term in 2016 and I recognise his work in helping ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the community and have access to high-quality health, disability, and social services.”
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