New Report Further Highlights Pressure Facing New Zealand Psychiatrists

The Tu Te Akaaka Roa – the Royal Australian and New
Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand
National Committee has welcomed a new report, which
highlights the increasing burden and stresses many
psychiatrists are facing in their work.

The report, Inside
the frontline of the mental health crisis
, has been
released today by the Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists Toi Mata Hauora (ASMS) amidst growing unmet need
for mental health services.

Associate Professor
Susanna Every-Palmer, Chair of Tu Te Akaaka Roa, said it
supports the initial findings from the RANZCP’s own recent
, which showed that specialist mental health and
addiction services are facing significant

‘We are saddened but not surprised by the
results of ASMS’s survey. The report sheds further light
on what mental health service users are experiencing –
it’s harder to access secondary services and less time is
available to spend with mental health

‘There are high levels of burnout and
stress among psychiatrists and their colleagues,’ noted
Associate Professor Every-Palmer.

‘The ASMS results
show 95% of the 368 respondents reported an increase in
demand for specialist mental health services in the past
three years.

‘It paints a vivid picture of the toll
that this is taking on psychiatrists and their colleagues
and has real implications for service delivery. It is vital
that people can get access to the right mental health care
when they need it.

‘It is distressing for people to
feel they are letting down tāngata whaiora and whānau when
they don’t have sufficient time or resources to provide
the best care.

‘We are also seeing unmet need spill
into other areas – for example, with reports that police
are overwhelmed by mental health callouts’, added
Associate Professor Every-Palmer.

currently undertaking additional analysis on the wealth of
data from its own survey and looks forward to sharing
insights on how to ensure adequate access to care for
tāngata whaiora.

‘We are committed to working
across the sector and with government on shared

For all other expert mental health
information visit Your
Health in Mind
, the RANZCP’s consumer health

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