SF Auckland 2018 Conference Open Dialogue Feedback & Petition

If you attended our Supporting Families Auckland 2018 conference on Open Dialogue and you enjoyed the korero and this way of working resonates with you. Or if you think you and your family & whanau would benefit from Open Dialogue becoming funded in mainstream mental health services in Aotearoa, then please take a moment to sign our online petition https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_80595/petition-of-emma-dore-for-sf-auckland-supporting-families

Alternatively if you would like to provide any further feedback about the day then please email admin@sfauckland.or.nz

Mental health workers are looking to adopt a new treatment approach “Open Dialogue” to improve how they help families affected by mental illness.



Conference Presentations

Neils Buss & Kristof Mikes-Liu Open Dialogue Presentation


Information on the SF Conference 2018

Niels Buus is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Sydney Nursing School.  He is the leader of The Centre for Family-Based Mental Health Care at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.  Niels is engaged in implementing and researching the resource-oriented healthcare delivery model “Open Dialogue” and how it can be implemented in Australian health care settings.





Kristof Mikes-Liu is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, clinical lecturer at The University of Sydney, member of St Vincent’s Open Dialogue Initiative, and Assistant Editor for Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.





Nga Rauru, Ati Hau, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Ruanui, Tuwharetoa, Ngāi-te-Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Paul Teki is a Mental Health Social Worker with 17 years working experience in New Zealand and Australia.  Paul currently works as an OD Supervisor and clinician, and has been a strong lead for implementing “Open Dialogue” practice across Sydney mental health services.




Jacqui is a Registered Nurse working in Mental Health services for 10 years.  Jacqui’s work experience ranges from acute inpatient service to community mental health care.  Her current role is as Acting Team Leader for Blue Mountains ACCESS where she has worked with her team to develop and implement a Model of Care which incorporates Open Dialogue.





Ross has 25 years’ experience working as a Mental Health Nurse, largely in the community.  The idea of Open Dialogue resonates with a belief in to power of a cup of tea with someone and their family.  Now as a manager of a community MH Team Ross has begun this transformative journey with colleagues.