STOCKTAKE: The State of Specialist Mental Health Services for Infants, Young Children and their Families in Aotearoa NZ

Published September 2022

Disinvestment in infant and young children’s emotional health and development persists in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) despite overwhelming evidence for economic and health benefits.

This stocktake was conducted prior to the disestablishment of the District Health Boards (DHB), and as such, the report will use DHB’s to convey the results.

In this report the Infant Mental Health Association Aotearoa New Zealand (IMHAANZ) looked at specialist services and workforce in District Health Boards.

Key Findings

  • There is persisting systemic neglect of the mental health needs of pēpi (0-4 years).
  • Pēpi are being “left out of the mental health conversation”.
  • The Infant Mental Health (IMH) workforce is limited in Aotearoa.
  • Access to IMH training for the workforce is extremely limited.

Click here to read the full Stocktake Report.