Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP)

Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP)

Who is this for?

This service is for tangata whaiora over the age of 65 years living in our community with suspected severe mental illness and/or addiction – presenting in later life.

We provide specialist care for people with dementia with BPSD (clinically significant behavioural and/or psychological symptoms of dementia).

People under the age of 65 who experience "age related" mental health and addiction problems are also supported by the team.

What do we do?

We provide a multi-disciplinary community-based service with initial assessments usually in the tangata whaiora place of residence.

The team includes nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists.

We work from the premise of cultural empathy, acknowledging each person's unique cultural identity and will refer to specialist cultural support services (for example Te Aka Matua service for people who identify as Māori) when required.


Outpatient clinics are at our facility at 2 Ranolf St, Rotorua and from the Taupō based Southern Lakes Community Mental Health & Addiction Service, which is based on the Taupō Hospital site.

We also provide visits to the aged care facilities in the Te Whatu Ora Lakes region.

Phone: (07) 343 7718