Paterson says that listening well to a wide range of communities and stakeholders is important for the inquiry. The inquiry panel members want to hear from everyone, including service users, their families/ whānau, service providers, advocates, sector groups, and experts. They want to hear all ideas – big or small, specific or broad, innovative or building on what’s already happening. The panel members will also be travelling around New Zealand for a series of regional meetings to talk to people from a range of backgrounds and views.
A consultation document is being released in April and they encourage people to share their views in any format they want; written or otherwise. There will be an 0800 line that people can call to share their views, and social media forums will also be available. Email contact is firstname.lastname@example.org and more information is on the inquiry website www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz