Psychological well being campaigner Jane Stevens ‘hopeful’ after assembly with minister Andrew Little

Jane Steven

2021-04-20 09:38:15

A Waikato campaigner for adjustments within the care of psychological well being sufferers, help for whānau and accountability from DHBs says she is hopeful after assembly with Well being Minister Andrew Little.

Jane Steven's gave evidence on the opening day of an inquest into her son's death in March 2015.

Jane Stevens giving proof on the opening day of an inquest into her son’s loss of life in March 2015.
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Jane Stevens met with Little on Monday evening, a yr after requesting such a gathering. Little turned minister in November 2020.

“The minister was very honest in his apology for it to have taken over a yr earlier than we had been capable of get to satisfy with him,” she mentioned.

“We left the assembly feeling very constructive. We felt that he was very open to our considerations and had understanding of the state of affairs we had been in.”

She mentioned three considerations had been mentioned – the necessity for an pressing investigation into Waikato psychological well being providers, the necessity for an unbiased physique to hold out opinions within the sector, and the shortage of help for households.

Stevens mentioned the assembly was the primary time she had felt actually listened to after years of campaigning.

Her son Nicky took his personal life whereas within the care of the Waikato DHB in 2015.

“Left felling fairly hopeful that some constructive motion will come out of the assembly,” she mentioned.

“Clearly the proof is within the pudding. My expectation is that we’ll proceed to interact with the minister and his workplace in regard to how these items go ahead.”

She mentioned the minister agreed to look rigorously on the points raised and to return again with an in depth response.

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