Project Description

Delivering the Summary of Submissions Report to the Government Inquiry Into Mental Health and Addiction

The Challenge

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addition required a summary of submissions to support its final report to government, He Ara Oranga. Fernhill Solutions was engaged to deliver this summary of 5,500 submissions and 400 meeting notes.

Due to the many New Zealanders who wanted to provide submissions, and extensions to deadlines in which they could respond, the summary of submissions needed to be delivered in a significantly compressed timeframe. Not only was the summary required to reflect and honour the voices of people, groups and organisations heard through submissions and meetings, it also had to protect the privacy and confidentiality of submitters. It covered wide and complex themes across systems, services and enablers.

Our Solution

Due to its extensive connections and reputation Fernhill Soultions was able to pull together a team of expert writers, analysts and health experts to deliver a structured and methodologically robust report within record time.

The team was led by Fernhill and worked together intensively over a six week period to draw together over 100,000 pieces of information into a 400-page report. Strong communication, respectful working relationships, research expertise and commitment to delivery enabled the team to successfully deliver a peer-reviewed, on-time report to the Inquiry panel that supported both the final report to government, and Pacific and Māori-specific summary of submissions.

The Outcome

The summary of submissions enables organisations, groups and individuals to access a public overview of submissions, with selected quotes from submissions, with confidence in both its methodology and thematic overviews.

Of the twenty recommendations in the Inquiry’s final report, 18 were accepted or accepted in principle by the government, reflecting many of wishes and aspirations of submitters across New Zealand.