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Aronui Ora, Maternal Mental Health, Auckland District Health Board

Aronui Ora (Cloak of wellbeing) was formerly named the Maternal Mental Health Service. This symbol represents the fine weaving of whānau and other supports for total wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year of an infant’s life.

Aronui Ora is a specialist adult mental health service.  The multi-disciplinary team is made up of mental health professionals from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational therapy and nursing.  There are team members with specialist knowledge in the area of infant care and attachment (promoting a secure parent and infant relationship).  The service provides antenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after birth) support in community, clinic and hospital settings.  Beyond assessment, we offer a wide range of individual, group and family therapies and other targeted supports. 

Our service is voluntary, and requires the informed consent of the person being referred.  Compulsory assessment and treatment may occur in accordance with the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.  

As a teaching and learning environment, we may seek your informed consent to permit the presence of a student - this is a request that can be declined.

Once a referral is accepted, an appointment for an assessment is made.  There can be a waiting period between referral acceptance and assessment.  All clients are allocated a keyworker and psychiatrist.  A keyworker is a registered mental health professional that coordinates care, and depending on their specialty, provides support and other therapeutic interventions.  It is standard practice for the person, and their general practitioner, to receive a post-assessment summary of the assessment with mutually agreed plan.  

Duration of involvement with Aronui Ora can vary; it is our preference that files are closed by way of mutual agreement once the person no longer meets criteria for the service.   

We offer time-limited and highly targeted respite services to support maternal wellbeing.

Hours

Aronui Ora operates between the hours of 0800-1630 Monday to Friday. For urgent matters after hours, please call the Urgent Response Service on 0800 800 717.

Referral Expectations

Aronui Ora does not accept self-referrals.  Referrals tend to be received from general practitioners, or involved health professionals in consultation with the person’s general practitioner.

The criteria for Aronui Ora are:

  • The person must be eligible to receive public health services in New Zealand; or, they require urgent risk assessment associated with behaviours related to pregnancy or parenting in the first year of an infant’s life
  • The person resides within the Auckland District Health Board catchment area
  • The person is in the second or third trimester of pregnancy; or, that person is the primary caregiver of an infant under twelve months of age
  • It has been determined that person would likely meet criteria for a moderate to severe ‘mental disorder’, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • The person’s and/or infant’s needs would not be better served by a more appropriate service provider

The Mothers Matter website provides a broad overview of the emotional, behavioural and social challenges related to pregnancy and early parenthood.  There is a wealth of information and links to other relevant websites.  Mothers Matter outlines the more prevalent diagnoses related to maternal distress (such as Depression and Anxiety).  Other maternal mental health related diagnoses are also outlined (including Postpartum Psychosis; Bipolar Affective Disorder; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and others).  The Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa website, likewise, offers an extensive range of information, resources and links dedicated to the subject of maternal mental health and early parenthood.           

When making a referral to Aronui Ora, it is important to consider any associated risks or needs that may be mistakenly identified as a maternal mental health issue.  Such issues include:

For other relevant health and social services, the Ministry of Social Development offers a searchable database called the Family Service Directory.

Charges

Aronui Ora is a service offered without charge to people eligible for public health services in New Zealand, who are residing in the Auckland District Health Board area.  Specialist risk assessment may be provided without charge to people who are not eligible for the service.

Public Transport

A number of buses come through the Greenlane Clinical Centre.  To plan your journey, visit:

https://at.govt.nz/

Parking

For clinic-based appointments, paid parking is available within the Greenlane Clinical Centre complex.  Free two hour parking is available behind the campus on Claude Road (near the entrance to Aronui Ora).

Contact Details

Greenlane Clinical Centre

Central Auckland

Clinical Co-ordinator: Monica Genet

Lead Clinician: Dr. Chandni Prakash

Clinical Team Leader: Clarke Millar

Ground Floor
Building 15
Greenlane Clinical Centre
214 Greenlane West
Epsom
Auckland 1051

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Street Address

Ground Floor
Building 15
Greenlane Clinical Centre
214 Greenlane West
Epsom
Auckland 1051

Postal Address

Aronui Ora - Maternal Mental Health
Ground Floor, Building 15
Greenlane Clinical Centre
Private Bag 92189
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 11:54AM on September 7, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Maternal Mental Health.