Programme Handbook & Evaluation and Monitoring


This handbook has been developed by a working group of key stakeholders.  It provides guidance to Primary Healthcare Organisations (PHOs) and Primary Care Nurses on obtaining a mental health and addiction in primary care credential.

The overall purpose of the handbook is intended to act as a stand-alone document outlining the background and purpose of the project, a model that paves the way for nurses seeking this credential, and the responsibilities of Te Ao Māramatanga New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses (the credentialing body) and PHOs.

An abridged version of the handbook is also available, short, to the point and provides a brief explanation of credentialing process.  This Abridged Handbook is ideal for nurses embarking on the credentialing process.


In 2011 the College partnered with Health Workforce NZ to develop and test the implementation of a Mental Health and Addiction Credential in Primary Care.  This report describes the project activity undertaken by the College between September 2011 and December 2013, the development of the Credentialing Framework, its implementation with a nine registered nurses and an evaluation subject to ending the project.

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In collaboration with the college, in 2015 The Mental Health and Addictions Credentialing Programme for Primary Health Care Nurses was developed and delivered collaboratively by Metro Auckland DHBs (Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau) and PHOs (ProCare, Waitemata PHO, Alliance Health Plus, NHC, Auckland PHO, East Health Trust, East Tamaki Healthcare).

The Auckland group commissioned an independent evaluation of their first program and the results of this, and the ongoing sharing of information with other regions by both Manaia PHO and the Auckland Collaborative is enabling and growing the program in other regions.