Improving Lives through Responsive Forensic Services:
Mauri Ora! Mauri Kaha!
To achieve a world leading health service with people who have a mental illness and/or intellectual disability
within the context of criminal offending. Our service excellence rests on the pillars of our knowledge,
professionalism and values.
We are one of New Zealand’s leading providers of forensic psychiatric care and are fast developing an international reputation for quality and innovation in our field.
Mason Clinic was created in response to the New Zealand Government inquiry into the care of mentally ill offenders. We provide an integrated forensic mental health service to the northern region’s courts, prisons and general mental health services.
Our inpatient services consist of seven forensic mental health inpatient units and an intellectual disability unit that assess, treat and assist in the recovery of people with mental illness or intellectual disability who have committed a criminal offence or are at high risk in the community.
Our teams are multi-disciplinary, multi-ethnic, close knit and very supportive of people’s recovery. We have an environment for staff to continue to learn and grow.
Our vision, mission and values are inclusive; founded on a therapeutic commitment to the patients, their family and the community. We are committed to both process and outcome quality, best evidence based practice, a management environment that is respectful of all staff and an ongoing learning environment.
Dr Jeremy Skipworth is the Clinical Director of Mason Clinic, Auckland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is a clinically significant behaviour or psychological (to do with the mind) disorder that is associated with distress or disability. It is not just the way someone responds to a particular event nor is it limited to the way a person interacts with society.