John Davies


John Davies

Facilitator - Addiction 101

Before my nursing career, I lived and travelled extensively through Europe, Africa and Asia. My favourite place was Lamu on the Kenyan Coast. When I returned to New Zealand I did a degree in history and political science, despite having an aunty, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a sister and several close friends who were all nurses, plus a Mum who was going to be a nurse but became a teacher instead.

Bowing to the inevitable, I completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 1998 at Christchurch Polytech. Following graduation, I was offered a place on the New Graduate Programme in Mental Health with the Northland District Health Board. Loving Northland, but missing home I returned to Christchurch and started my career in forensic psychiatry, a specialist area of mental health that sits between the criminal justice and health systems.

By moving within different parts of one service, I have worked in acute, rehab and community settings giving me a very broad and deep knowledge of mental health and addiction issues, as the two almost always run side by side. I am extremely interested in the socio-political aspects of health and how factors external to the individual impact on health, trauma-informed care and how colonisation has impacted the physical and mental health of Māori.

Covid-19 Update

In-person workshops will resume in 2022 under all settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. All in-person workshop participants will need to show proof of vaccination or exemption through My Vaccine Pass. For anyone who cannot meet this requirement, online workshops are available and will continue to be offered.