New Zealand's big psychotherapy programme requires evaluation

Tarun Bastiampillai, Stephen Allison, David Castle, Ben Beaglehole, Roger Mulder

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New Zealand is following the UK and Australia by developing a national psychotherapy programme, at the very time that the value of these programmes is being questioned. The New Zealand national psychotherapy programme
was a centrepiece of the government’s first "wellbeing” budget1
delivered on 30 May 2019. The budget attracted international attention, and was viewed by Lord Layard “as a game changing event” for public policy, because it was focusing on the “wellbeing” of its citizens, beyond traditional bottom-lines
such as productivity and economic growth.2
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalThe New Zealand medical journal
Issue number1502
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2019


  • Big Psychotherapy Programme
  • New Zealand's
  • Requires Evaluation
  • "wellbeing" budget


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