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Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool Training

Wednesday, June 26, 2019   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: Training, Courses, mental wellbeing, Professional Development

Become competent in undertaking a Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment at this training programme in Christchurch.

The Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool is a five-day training programme on the following dates:

  • Workshop 1 (2 days): Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th July 2019;
  • Workshop 2 (1 day): Thursday 5th September 2019;
  • Workshop 3 (1 day): Tuesday 15th or Thursday 17th October 2019 (TBC); and
  • Workshop 4 (1 day): Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th November 2019 (TBC).

Participants will be supported to undertake a Mental Wellbeing impact Assessment on a work related project (paid work or, for voluntary organisations, unpaid work). The training programme is spread over six months giving sufficient time for participants to progress their assessment and to receive peer review and feedback on each of the training days.

There are a few seats at the upcoming Christchurch workshop for NGOs to participate at a discounted rate. Contact Sara Epperson at Community and Public Health if you are interested in participating (sara.epperson[at]

About the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool

The Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) was developed in the United Kingdom, and is rooted in the Health Impact Assessment methodology with a specific focus on mental wellbeing.

The process identifies factors that are having, or have the potential to have, a positive or negative impact on wellbeing.  Once identified, actions and indicators are developed to maximise positive outcomes and provide ways to measure the impact going forward.  MWIA provides a structured, evidence based analysis of how policies, proposals and programmes might influence wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi or communities.  With wellbeing and mental health being two government priorities, MWIA provides an ideal methodology for supporting system reform to reorient to a wellbeing focus.

The MWIA tool is used Internationally by government departments, local government, planning authorities, health and social service sectors, NGOs and advocacy organisations.

An independent first level review of evidence to assess the effectiveness of the MWIA process concluded that there is strong qualitative evidence that the MWIA makes a difference to the way initiatives are implemented.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch