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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Review mental health policies to reverse problems caused by the closure of psychiatric hospitals

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Kedgley

Review the Mental Health Commission (MHC) with the option of establishing it as a permanent semi-autonomous body overseeing the sector and providing advice to the Minister
Support the ongoing implementation of the 1998 Blueprint for Mental Health Services and support continued funding increases to allow the service provision targets in the Blueprint to be met
Give urgent attention to services for child and adolescent mental health needs as they are well below Blueprint targets
Ensure that early psychosis intervention services for adolescents and young people are available throughout the country
Provide adequate numbers of sub-acute beds throughout the country

New Zealand Labour Party Hon David Cunliffe

Implement the Second New Zealand Mental Health and Addiction Plan, which will provide the way forward for mental health in New Zealand over the next 10 years
Promoting mental health and wellbeing, and preventing mental illness and addiction
Building and broadening the range of services and supports, which are funded for people who are severely affected by mental illness
Building a mental health and addiction workforce that supports recovery and is committed to improving the quality of services for people
Strengthening the capability of the primary health care sector to promote mental health and well being, and to respond to the needs of people with mental illness and addiction

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Tony Ryall

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New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Full implementation of the recommendations of the Mason report
Redress the inadequate treatment and professional support provided to mentally ill patients and their families
Give the Mental Health Commission greater independence to provide national leadership
Judicial review of decisions to release mentally ill patients into the community
Improve residential services for people who have severe illnesses or disabilities and/or substance abuse problems

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Introduce a more holistic approach to mental heath and addiction
Ensure that the right balance is struck between inpatient and community care to prevent people becoming a danger to themselves and society, but with recovery in the community remaining the goal
Ensure that the Mental Health Commission continues beyond its completion date of 2007 to monitor the needs and performance of the mental health sector
Increase resources for mental health professionals
Introduce minimum ratios for nurses working with psychiatric patients

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
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