Together people can achieve amazing things

“Don’t underestimate the willingness of people if you give them a sense of purpose (or if they know ‘why’), … the extraordinary lengths they will go to, to support the Kaupapa. Together they can achieve amazing things.”

It is one of Dr Ashley Bloomfield’s greatest learnings, and it sits at the heart of what has kept our KPI Programme team energised over this past month.

Despite the reemergence of COVID-19 in the community, people from across our mental health and addiction sector continued to make space to come together virtually and engage in meaningful discussion about how they can use key performance indicators (KPIs) and technology to continually improve services for tāngata whai ora, whānau and the community.

Our sector engagements have reinforced the strength in our collective ‘why’. A united vision for a health system where informed practice and collective action drives better wellbeing for all.

It has been the willingness of the sector to share their expertise and insights over this time which has allowed us to get traction on both the redevelopment of our KPI Programme website and data visualisation tools, and to also achieve momentum against our contract variation to investigate the establishment of three additional Programme streams for Adult Forensic, Child and Youth Forensic and non-government organisations (NGOs).

This issue showcases the richness of just one discussion had by 30 of our Adult Forensic stakeholders on 19 August and we are looking forward to sharing more about our other streams in future issues of The Indicator.

As we’ve listened to the voices of the people working in mental health and addiction services, sector leaders, tāngata whai ora, whānau and rangatahi, we have noticed the growing impatience for action to get moving on tackling some of our greatest challenges. A desire to tap into the data and experiences of our colleagues across Aotearoa to not only compare results, but to really learn from each other about what actions and initiatives make a difference.

There’s no avoiding it. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we knew it and reinforced the notion that there are many things which are beyond our control. But, it hasn’t taken away our human ability to make choices. To make informed choices that result in the actions which will ensure we can mobilise together and get through this challenge, and many others.

After all, in the words of Dr Bloomfield – “There is no cavalry. It’s up to us… we’re the people. Let’s figure it out.”

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