COVID-19 Update #20, 12 August 2020
  • Platform update
  • MOH update
  • Mental health and addiction forum
  • Te Pou resources
  • Key links

Platform Update

Today as the Government has declared return to alert level 3 for the Auckland region, Platform will re-start our COVID-19 Briefings. We will reassess how often to send this as we find out more.

To our members and friends based in Auckland, kia kaha. We are with you and know that you will be doing everything to support the people you work with, and we will do our best to support you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at any time: or call Marion on 021 790 587.

Update from MOH

We have been provided assurances from MoH that all mental health and addiction staff are essential workers. Please get in touch with us if you have any trouble with this.

Our colleagues at MoH have also asked us to pass the following information to you:

Pandemic plan

“I know you will all be relooking at your pandemic plan and ensuring you are working at the right alert level for your organisation.  Please make sure you and your team are still familiar with all the basic hygiene measures and communicating to people you are providing services to what the alert measures mean in terms of physical distancing, visiting and hygiene precautions that need to be taken.  
  • Keep a 2-metre physical distance and wear a mask when in public when you can’t distance.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces
  • If you are sick call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test, and get tested if asked
  • Keep a record of where you have been, use NZ COVID app.”


“We know there will be questions about the use of PPE. There will be more information provided as soon as possible about when PPE is required under alert level 2.  In the first instance, please contact your local DHB regarding supply.  We will also be working closely with DHBs to ensure they are communicating with you what the requirements are and what the arrangements are for ordering.  

I know that there will be concerns about access to PPE, however, we want to assure you we are in a different position now from where we were during the first wave. We are well stocked with PPE, as are the DHBs, there is a distribution model in place that can be scaled and if there are issues the MOH has a team in place to resolve these quickly.”

Online mental health and wellbeing resources

“A summary of online mental health and wellbeing resources is here, please share this widely.  You can also get information on tools, resources and help available from the Ministry of Health website.”

Mental health and addiction forum

The online mental health and addiction forum will carry on as planned via Zoom and Facebook live next Wednesday 19 August from 6 – 8pm. To register for this free event, click here:

The following candidates have confirmed they are coming:
  1. Louisa Wall (Labour)
  2. Matt Doocey (National)
  3. Kyle McDonald (Greens)
  4. Jenny Marcroft (NZ First)
  5. Grae O’Sullivan (Act)
  6. A candidate from the Māori party is still being confirmed.

Te Pou resources for working from home 

Te Pou have today released a special bulletin with tips and information about working through the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Specifically, information on:

Key links 

The Ministry of Health website for up to date source of information and health advice about managing COVID-19 and preventing its spread. 

COVID-19 website: for up to date Government information and responses.

Platform site for all NGOs: This is our central communications channel where we will host weekly briefing updates. This will be information relevant for all NGOs, not just mental health and addiction and you are free to share this with colleagues who may find it helpful.
Contact information 
To contact us, please use the following details: Please contact me at any time to discuss any concerns or queries: or call me on 021 790 587.

Kia kaha,

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