October 3, 2023

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Christopher Luxon endorses ‘doppelganger’ to turn mental health around

National Party leader Christopher Luxon and Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey show off their DIY skills in North Canterbury on Friday.


Countrywide Social gathering leader Christopher Luxon and Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey demonstrate off their Do-it-yourself expertise in North Canterbury on Friday.

Countrywide Occasion chief Christopher Luxon is backing his “great mate and overall body double” on the front bench to lift the psychological wellness crisis out of the doldrums.

The chief of the Opposition visited the Waimakariri district on Friday as part of a broader South Island tour, as he attained out to many communities, and to nail down some a lot more Countrywide Occasion “repealing 3 Waters” billboards.

But while he continued to talk on several concerns and convey his qualifications more than 12 months out from the election, Luxon provided a ringing endorsement for his Waimakariri MP and mental well being spokesperson Matt Doocey.

It comes amid the Government’s attempts, and devote, to enhance psychological overall health providers currently being set under the microscope.

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Doocey, who has aspirations to be New Zealand’s very first mental overall health minister, recently referred to as out the Government’s $1.9 billion shell out, after a report by the Psychological Wellbeing and Wellbeing Commission exposed minor alter to acute and professional expert services, which the Governing administration has defended.

The Waimakariri MP has qualified in psychological wellbeing, analyzed counselling and psychology and has beforehand spoken about his individual struggles.

Luxon explained he could see a sea modify with a committed mental overall health minister, expressing the Waimakariri MP, who he usually will get mistaken for, was the most capable individual in Parliament to deal with the difficulty.

“With his skills and his track record up against [Health Minister] Andrew Tiny, I would take Matt Doocey each individual day of the 7 days.”


Hayden Wano, chairman of the Psychological Overall health and Wellbeing Fee, suggests achieving systemic alter calls for perseverance.

The Nationwide Celebration chief continues to consider intention at the Govt about the mental health deal, declaring it had very little to clearly show for the expense.

“That’s the stress … they’ve declared a funds of $2b, the studies have arrive again and there is definitely nothing to clearly show for it,” he said.

Little has beforehand blamed the need for professional treatment on the previous Government’s neglect of psychological overall health companies, which he explained as “run down”.

Key Minister Jacinda Ardern defended the Govt in the Household this week, acknowledging access to specialist mental health and fitness solutions required enhancement, but primary care experienced been the focus.

“The pretty unique target that arrived from people who experienced knowledge of the program, and these who labored in the process was the entire absence of most important psychological health and fitness care,” she stated.

“That was including added pressure to acute demands. That is why we have crafted a principal psychological well being method for the 1st time in New Zealand’s background.

“It is providing tens of countless numbers of appointments for New Zealanders who earlier experienced no access to early mental wellness aid.”

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