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Mental Health recovery advisor receives leadership award

Brendon Dolman, a recovery advisor in the mental health and addiction service, is the latest recipient of an Open for leadership award. The Open for leadership awards are part of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s work to build capability and leadership in the health sector.

The award was presented at a ceremony in Te Whare at Puawai Forensic Service shared with staff, family and the Forensic Kapa Haka group who performed waiata and a haka for Brendan.

Interim director Community Mental Health and Addictions Cara Thomas, who nominated Brendon for the award, says he demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in everything he does and is determined to make a difference to individuals and communities.

“Brendon has been a tirelessly committed quiet champion and leader within our service. He’s very well respected among our mental health and addiction service workforce and other external networks.”

“Brendon is a people person. He enjoys engaging with anyone and everyone, and makes no secret of the fact that the reason he gets up in the morning is to make a real difference to people. He champions change and makes sure people have a voice.”

“We’ve been fortunate to have Brendon working alongside us as part of the team.’

Brendon Dolman receiving award from Dr Janice Wilson Chief Executive of Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand

Dr Janice Wilson Chief Executive of Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand presented the award to Brendan who had said to her he didn’t really know what leadership was.

“You demonstrate leadership and you know what it is and it is within you,” said Dr Wilson.

“Leadership is being yourself, being authentic and using your own self in engaging consumers and other people and bringing them with you to a vision or goal that you want to change.”

Derek Wright Interim Chief Executive endorsed Cara’s words and said it is no surprise that Brendan received the award.

“Brendon is authentic – what you see is what you get.” said Mr Wright

“Your style is natural, you don‘t need to learn and some people have it within and you are someone that does have that.”

Brendon says he wouldn’t be able to do what he does without the support of his colleagues.

“I’ve got passionate people around me; people who are dedicated to their job and who have gone into this work for a reason. They all want to make a difference, and that inspires me. It’s very difficult to have passion if it’s not around you.”

“I spoke about confidence the other day and this award has added hugely to mine. I am honoured to receive this award and look forward to recognising leadership in others.”

Some of what Brendon does includes:

  • Co-design work and cross-organisational projects
  • Gathering real-time feedback from services users and using this to explore ways to improve services

Providing direct support to people who have experienced seclusion, as part of the seclusion reduction project team

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