mental health

Let's face it. Most of us prick up our ears if we hear that someone appearing in court has been given name suppression. It’s human nature to be curious, and no one likes the feeling of not knowing what’s going on. The...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown charity's run off its feet right now - but the Wakatipu community's swung in behind to support it. This month a 20-foot storage container, courtesy of AJ Saville Builders, was dropped off on the St John's...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's delivered another warning about mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at a function last Friday, marking the start of construction of Queenstown's first surgical hospital, he specifically addressed his remarks to Southern...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man traumatised by last year's terror attack this week visited a Queenstown hotel to thank staff for their kindness in the aftermath. Yama Nabi presented a handmade rug to The Rees Hotel his family are pictured with...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One hundred women will unite in Queenstown this year to give a game-changing $100,000 grant to one local charity or not-for-profit group. Impact100, the brainchild of American Wendy Steele, sees 100 women each donate $1000 to the main...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It’s almost business as usual for one Queenstown gym, even though its premises have shut due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown. Remarkable Women's Health & Fitness, like many gyms in the country, is looking after its members through a...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
It's deeply ironic Queenstown's "chronically" under-resourced mental health team is getting so little support from its employer, a top union official says. Public Service Association organiser Julie Morton says she strongly supports comments by senior clinical psychologist Dr Gen Numaguchi...

Shrinks shrunk

Queenstown's publicly-funded mental health team's in a state of breakdown following five staff resignations in recent months. Senior clinical psychologist Dr Gen Numaguchi says he and two other psychologists and two social workers had quit, "which is basically half the team". He...

We’re still waiting

Four hundred and forty-two. That's how many days it's been since the Southern District Health Board announced it was boosting Queenstown's mental health provision with an after-hours service. Yet that service is yet to get off the ground. The delay has sparked...
Southern District Health Board is under fire for failing to boost mental health services in Queenstown. It's been eight months since the DHB announced it was recruiting an additional staff member to allow it to respond to after-hours emergency mental...
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