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Whanganui DHB - Te Awhina - Inpatient Acute Mental Health Service

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Te Awhina

Programme Areas

Crisis / acute, Mental health

Programme Type

Acute services



Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals to Te Awhina come via the Community Mental Health Team by arrangement or in crisis, or acute situations by the Mental Health Assessment and Home Treatment Team (MHAHT).


Te Awhina is a 12-bed inpatient unit for people over the age of 18. Based on the Whanganui Hospital campus, Te Awhina treats service users who are in the acute phase of their mental illness.

In addition to the treatment offered, the service provides sensory modulation rooms, day activities and peer support. Bedrooms have increased privacy and new technology is available for staff to work with.

Our Mental Health and Addiction Services work in partnership with service users and their family/whānau to support their recovery. Integrated with the WDHB Community Mental Health and WDHB Alcohol and Other Drug services, we offer day activities where service users can express themselves creatively to help in their recovery journey.


All WDHB Mental Health and Addiction Services have a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of health professionals who work together with the service user and their family to ensure they receive integrated care to help with their recovery and discharge.

The WDHB has kaumātua and kuia available to provide cultural support to patients/service users/tangata whaiora and their whānau, if required.


There are no costs for services for citizens or residents of Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Te Awhina is a 24 hour staffed facility.

Visits need to be arranged with the clinical nurse manager/coordinator.


Contact Details

Whanganui Hospital


100 Heads Road
Manawatu-Wanganui 4501

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Street Address

100 Heads Road
Manawatu-Wanganui 4501

Postal Address

Private Bag 3003
Whanganui 4541

This page was last updated at 2:25PM on March 1, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Whanganui DHB - Te Awhina - Inpatient Acute Mental Health Service.