Greater ChCh Psychosocial Committee Report to June 2016
The greater Christchurch Psychosocial Committee plans, coordinates, promotes, and monitors the psychosocial recovery and wellbeing of the population of greater Christchurch.
Background on the Psychosocial Committee
The Psychosocial Committee is an interagency group which came into existence in September 2010 with the aim of ensuring appropriate supports are in place for the population to recover from the earthquakes. Together, we are responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Community in Mind Strategy’s Shared Programme of Action which includes numerous initiatives, services and supports, including the 0800 Canterbury Support line, the Earthquake Support Coordination Service, free counselling, and the ‘All Right?’ campaign.
The Committee meets monthly and convenes more frequently if needed. Meetings focus on surveying the psychosocial landscape to identify emerging or ongoing wellbeing issues within greater Christchurch and how to address these.
Current members of the committee are: ‘All Right?’, Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Canterbury DHB, Christchurch City Council, Earthquake Commission, Earthquake Support Coordination Service, Interchurch Forum, Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Mental Health Education and Resource Centre, Mental Health Foundation, Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (NGO delegate), Pegasus Health, Red Cross, Selwyn District Council, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, University of Canterbury, and Waimakariri District Council.
The Psychosocial Committee escalates issues to the Psychosocial Governance Group as appropriate. Governance Group members are: Canterbury DHB, Christchurch City Council, Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet Greater Christchurch Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Ngāi Tahu, Police, Selwyn District Council, and Waimakariri District Council.
Achievements from January to June 2016
- Successful transfer of responsibility for psychosocial recovery, including the Canterbury Wellbeing Index and Canterbury Wellbeing Survey, from CERA to Ministry of Health/Canterbury DHB.
- Rapid response to Valentine’s Day 2016 earthquake – ‘All Right?’ Facebook page provided reassuring messages. Over 60,000 people accessed the messages on the day. Committee briefed Ministry of Health regarding need for ongoing response.
- Provided feedback on a review of the Ministry of Health document, Planning for individual and community recovery in an emergency event – Principles for psychosocial support.
- Regular feedback provided to EQC on their communications to customers.
- MSD Community Investment requested guidance from the Psychosocial Committee regarding allocation of residual funding. The Committee provided a formal response to MSD with recommendations.
- Resourcing secured for on-going recovery needs (e.g. 0800 Canterbury Support Line, All Right? campaign).
- Seamless transition of the 0800 Canterbury Support line to the new funder/provider.
- Comprehensive review of the Community in Mind Shared Programme of Action is under way.
Continuing conversations and challenges
- Workforce wellbeing.
- Repairs and land settlements.
- Scan of the funding environment.
- Evolving services to meet emerging needs when no extra resource is available.
- Lack of high quality data on 0 – 18 year olds.
- Human Rights Commission National Plan of Action - Moana Eruera (Senior Advisor at Human Rights Commission)
- Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities - Shirley Wright (Manager of Christchurch Resettlement Services)
- Info Hub pilot - Matt Walters and representatives of participating groups
- EQC update on 14 February earthquake and claims - Jayne Lapin and Keith Land (EQC)
- Red Cross transition plan for earthquake funded programmes and services - Matthew Pratt (Red Cross)
- Workforce wellbeing training - Lee-Anne Tarling (MHERC)
- Effects of the Ōtautahi earthquakes on Māori communities - Simon Lambert (Lincoln University).
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