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General Adult Mental Health Services incorporate community mental health services in the Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua as well as the Acute Inpatient Ward at Palmerston North Hospital.


Acute Inpatient

The Acute Inpatient Service for Mental Health Services are located in Ward 21 at Palmerston North Hospital.
Services Provided
  • A high needs unit which is a 6 bedded secure unit for those service users who require a higher level of treatment and observation. Service users nursed in this area must be sectioned under the Mental Health Act (MHA).
  • An acute unit which is an 18 bed unit that provides care for those service users in the acute stage, who are in need of a period of close observation or intensive support and or intervention where this is unable to be safely provided within a community setting. Within this unit there is a sensory modulation room. This room is used by Service Users who display levels of distress and anxiety which can be managed using sensory modulation.
  • Inpatient day activities which the inpatient service users have access to.

About the Team
MidCentral Health's Mental Health Services have a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach to our Service Users and Whanau/Family. The team consists of – psychiatrist(s), registrars, charge nurse, associated charge nurse(s), social worker, psychologist, occupational therapists, registered nurses and health care assistants.

Contact Us

Ward 21
Heretaunga St
MidCentral Health
(06) 350 8160


Community Team

A multidisciplinary team of professionals from diverse disciplines who together provide comprehensive assessment and consultation to facilitate recovery where there is severe mental illness. 
Services provided
Clinicians who specialise in provision of assessment & treatment for people with suspected or diagnosed severe mental illnesses, mental disorders/diagnoses, inclusive of co-existing and dual diagnosis.
Provision of individual, group or family therapy, medication education and management, cognitive, behavioural and dynamic psychotherapy, education on mental health conditions.
Other psychological therapies can be offered based on recommendations of the multi-disciplinary-team e.g. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Liaison for cultural assessment, specialist consultation, identification of strengths, support systems, co-ordination of treatment between several agencies and health providers crisis intervention, mental health rehabilitation, follow-up and outreach clinics, consultation and liaison services for other providers and community groups.
Enhanced Future, Balanced Lives
To provide a collaborative approach that delivers strengths based, recovery focused assessment and intervention, reflecting our commitment to Whanau Ora.


Assessment and treatment interventions are conducted in purposeful partnership with the service user, Family/Whanau/Significant Others
Care is delivered through a multidisciplinary approach, integrated working practices and also where appropriate, with other community agencies.
Share skills and knowledge between the services, service user and family/whanau/carers.
To support the service user to achieve their identified level of enhanced health and independence.
Self Determination
To respect and affirm cultural diversity and choice.
To abide by legislation, regulations, standards, codes and policies that reflect respect for the rights and responsibilities of the service, service users and their families/whanau.
Mental Health Services encourage consumer participation in the development of a treatment plan (Integrated Treatment Plan). The purpose of the Integrated Treatment Plan is to promote and achieve recovery, and empower consumers to take responsibility for accomplishing good health. Indicators and expectations for working through periods of unwellness are also identified.


This is a free service and is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone 0800 653 357. During business hours, each community mental health team offers a mental health emergency service in their area.  Existing consumers/tangata whaiora are encouraged to contact their key-worker in the first instance. 

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General information about Palmerston North Hospital.