Formerly Counties Manukau Health Koropiko (Mental Health Services for Older People)

Update: Our community told us we need to make some changes. In response, we are improving the way mental health services work with you. We want to assure you we will talk with all service users and their whaanau about how changes might affect their care. If you have any questions please talk to your mental health clinician.

Koropiko Mental Health Services for Older People are skilled in looking after the mental health needs people aged 65 years of age or over.

Our service has two main aims:

  • To improve the health of older people, in partnership with the individual, their family, whaanau and/or carers
  • To provide treatment and support that promotes independence and utilises older peoples’ strengths.

For information on mental health services for adults under 65 visit Counties Manukau Health Adult Mental Health

Who Are We?

Our team consists of staff from a wide variety of backgrounds who are skilled in supporting older people, their whaanau and communities. Our team includes:

  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psycho-Geriatricians
  • Clinical Coordinators

Our team is supported by administration staff and a team manager.

Who Do We See?

We provide mental health services and support to people aged 65 and over. We see people with a range of mental health concerns, as well as medical conditions that affect their emotional wellbeing.

Where Will We See You?

We provide support to older people and their whaanau in a range of locations. Our community services team visit people where they live, be it their own home, family home or other facility.  Some people may be invited to attend doctor clinics in Pukekohe or Waiuku.

The inpatient ward attached to our service is Ward 43- MHSOP Inpatients. This is a small ward in Tiaho Mai at Middlemore Hospital for people who require specialist assessment and treatment for moderate to severe mental health disorders. This is a short-stay service, with most people staying around 3 weeks.

How Do We Help?

We offer a range of support and treatments, including:

  • Home based treatment and support
  • Specialised and comprehensive assessments
  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Liaison with other services
  • Advice & support for carers and/or family/whaanau
  • Admission to Ward 43- MHSOP Inpatients, our specialist inpatient assessment & treatment ward if required
  • Education and advocacy in mental health services for older people
  • Help with issues around bereavement, elder abuse, driving risks, residential home placement and legal competency assessments.

We use a team based approach to guide your care. Because our multi-disciplinary team includes staff with a variety of skills and experiences we will often see you in pairs.

Our aim is to improve your quality of life by building on your strengths and addressing any challenges. We work in partnership with you, your family/whanau and a variety of services, to achieve these goals.

Want To Talk?

Sometimes it can help to talk to someone who knows what you’re going through. If you would like to talk to someone with lived experience of mental health and or addictions, contact our Peer TALK phoneline on 0800 234 432. This phoneline operates between 5pm and Midnight, seven days a week, and will connect you with a trained peer support worker who will listen to your experience and help you access further help if needed. 

For urgent after-hours support please contact 0800 775 222, or phone (09) 270 9797 at any time.
If you need immediate help call 111.

Want To Find Out More?

For more information please download our service brochure.

If you want to find out more about mental health issues and support for older New Zealanders there are some great websites you can visit, including:

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