mental health services

Former Queenstown tourism leader John MacDonald’s been a prominent councillor for the past four-and-a-half years, and a staunch advocate for better local health services. After announcing his resignation so he can cope better with his Parkinson’s condition, he talks...

Hoping to help mental health

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Under-resourcing and difficulty accessing mental health services are two key challenges for Whakatipu residents, a new report says. The Wakatipu Mental Health Forum was held in November, attended by 80 people, including a cross-section of residents and local agency...

Covid reduces quality of life

By KERRIE WATERWORTH Concerns about ‘‘extremely high’’ rent prices, the high cost of heating, access to mental  health services and an over-reliance on tourism are among issues raised in Queenstown’s council’s most recent ‘quality of life’ survey. The third annual survey...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...

Under pressure

By HUGH COLLINS, TRACEY ROXBURGH & GUY WILLIAMS AS the fallout from Covid-19 continues, Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s worried the resort’s mental health services are struggling to cope with demand. He tells Mountain Scene he’s hearing reports of people waiting weeks...
The mother of a long-term patient at Queenstown's mental health service says a slew of staff resignations in recent months could lead to another hospitalisation for her child. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the lack of psychologists in...
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