Current Workforce Initiatives

emergency contact 111Werry Workforce Whāraurau is funded by the Ministry of Health to deliver a number of workforce development initiatives for the Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health and/or Alcohol and Other Drugs (ICAMH/AOD) sector. 

We offer professional development opportunities to the ICAMH and AOD workforce through events, face-to-face training and eLearning courses.

Scroll down to read the brief summaries about our initiatives below, or click on the tiles to view a particular initiative.




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Click on the headings below for more information:


Check out our eLearning courses:

•  Foundations in ICAMH (4 modules)

•  Trauma-Informed Care (4 modules)

•  Co-Existing Problems (CEP) & Youth (9 modules)

•  Introduction to HEEADSSS Assessment (1 module) 
(Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety)

e.g. HEEADSSS training in primary health:

The HEEADSSS assessment tool is a key instrument for primary health care workers to identify mental health and AOD concerns early. Expanded use of the HEEADSSS assessment is one of 22 initiatives recommended by a cross-agency project, led by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, on improving services for young people with, or at risk of, mild to moderate mental health disorders. 

To find out more about HEEADSSS you can look at our eLearning courses page.

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► Post Graduate Learning Opportunities

Click here to view the latest courses on offer in the ICAMH AOD sector.

► Real Skills Plus ICAMH/AOD FrameworkRSP

This project builds on the specialist infant, child and youth mental health and AOD sector competencies known as Real Skills Plus CAMHS, developed in alignment with the government’s Let’s get real framework of essential skills and attitudes for effective mental health and addiction services. The Real Skills Plus tool includes a primary level relevant to the primary level workforce. The Real Skill Plus tool will identify areas for workforce development both for individuals and teams and plan service delivery.


Quality Improvement Tools in Healthcare (QI)

These resources have been developed to assist you with understanding quality improvement principles, techniques, skills and tools for effective service design within mental health and AOD services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Here you will find a range of Quality Improvement tools, templates, links to helpful videos and other resources to help you and your service identify and learn from your service challenges, recognise inefficiencies and find ways to improve systems and processes by doing the right thing, with the right people, at the right time.

► Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA)

The Choice and Partnership Approach is a service improvement model that aims to support Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to effectively manage and meet the needs of our young people.

This project focuses on training, implementation support, and helping services to monitor the impact of the Choice and Partnership Approach through data collection.


► Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) (formerly COPMIA)

Whilst many children of parents who have mental health and/or addiction problems fare well, a proportion are vulnerable to a range of poor outcomes, including increased risk of developing mental health issues.

This initiative aims to increase the capability of health professionals to identify and attend to the needs of these children and their family/whānau. This may include the development of resources for the sector(s), identification of the pathways for support, and a strategic plan regarding the implementation of best-practice COPMIA initiatives. It builds on Ministry of Health scoping (Williment, MOH 2012).

This Project is led by Werry Workforce Whāraurau in collaboration with the other workforce centres: Te PouMatua Raki and Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini).

SSFC or Single Session Family Consultation webpages are located in this section.

Evidence-based parenting programmes – Incredible Years® and Triple P Primary Care

Werry Workforce Whāraurau actively advocates for high quality parenting programmes which have strong evidence of effectiveness in improving outcomes for families/whānau.

Incredible Years - Parent (IYP) NZIY

We provide training and ongoing professional development opportunities for those delivering The Incredible Years® parent programme, including support to maintain programme fidelity and become an accredited group leader.

A suite of Incredible Years® resources has been developed for Māori and Pacific group leaders to enable both cultural and programme fidelity.  


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Triple P Primary Care NZ

We coordinate and support the Triple P Primary Care programme in four pilot regions in the North Island – Waitemata and Counties Manukau in Auckland, Mid Central, Bay of Plenty.




► Co-Existing Problems (CEP) - Opt for Wellbeing

Whilst part of the shared project with the other workforce development organisations, Werry Workforce Whāraurau has identified specific resources required to enhance the delivery of services to children and youth who experience Co-Existing Problems (CEP).

This includes a resource for the mental health and AOD sectors aimed at increasing workforce capability, and the delivery of the SACS-BI workshop aimed at supporting the workforce to develop skills in recognition and brief intervention when working with young people with suspected AOD issues.

 •  Go to the Opt for Wellbeing pages of our website.


► Youth Advocacy

This project aims to support people who have lived experience of the mental health system, either in themselves (called youth consumer advisors) or through their family (family/whānau advisors). To do this guidelines and workshops are created as needed. Werry Workforce Whāraurau also supports a network of youth consumer advisors around the country who aim to improve various DHBs, NGOs as well as Werry Workforce itself. 

A place with youth and family advisors co-designing projects and providing input will have happier families who experience a better path of recovery and improved outcomes. Find out more about #DMC and youth consumer participation here.




► Sector Leaders' Days

Regular 'Sector Days' provide opportunities for clinical leaders and service managers in the child and adolescent mental health and addictions sector to share innovative practice and service development ideas and foster networking and leadership support.

They are also an opportunity for the Ministry of Health and other key agencies to disseminate information and elicit feedback. Keynote presentations can be accessed here.


► The Stocktake for Infant Child & Adolescent Mental Health & AOD Services

Werry Workforce Whāraurau has been producing a biennial Stocktake since 2004 which includes workforce data from all DHB and DHB-funded NGOs services for infants, children and adolescents with mental health and alcohol and drug problems. This information can be used for workforce forecasting and service planning.

The map of stocktake quickfacts provides a summary of the current Stocktake information nationally and by region.

The full Stocktake report can be found here. 



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