Changes to Funded Family Care Delayed
Changes to Funded Family Care have been delayed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Ministry of Health and Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) organisation have been planning to transition current Funded Family Care arrangements to an alternative support option. However, the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the Ministry of Health has delayed changes to…
Easy Read Information about COVID-19 and Support
People First New Zealand have created some easy to read information about COVID-19 and support you can receive during lockdown. You can go to their website to read easy to read information about COVID-19 and here to read about support from WINZ. More information will be added to the People First pages soon.
People First New…
COVID-19 Welfare Sheet
The government has just released a COVID-19 welfare fact sheet, it has everything you need to know in one place. It has information about health, food, financial support, accommodation, schooling, travel and animal welfare. It also has phone numbers you can call for help. You can read it here.
The official government COVID-19 website has a…
Christchurch City Mission services available
The Christchurch City Mission is still providing services during the lockdown. They are still running their foodbank and delivering food, operating their emergency accommodation units and residential detox recovery unit, and doing social work and addiction counselling over the phone. You can read more about this here. Christchurch City Mission services are still available during the lockdown, maybe…
Tangihana Guidelines during lockdown
The Ministry of Health has released new guidelines for tangihana during the lockdown. You can read the new guidelines here. If you need help or advice about this, you may wish to contact your kaiwhakarite. You can get in touch with your iwi and hapū organisations, marae, local social services provider or local Civil Defence Emergency…
Using a Taxi during COVID-19
The Ministry of Transport has released a factsheet that has advice for people using taxis. You are allowed to use a taxi if you are going to the supermarket, pharmacy or vet, accessing routine medical services (not related to COVID-19) or a couple with shared custody moving your children between homes. You can also use a taxi if…
Total Mobility Use During The COVID-19 Lockdown
The government has advised that Total Mobility users who use their Total Mobility card to get half-price taxi fares, can continue to use their card for the purpose of visiting essential services such as a supermarket, chemist or medical centre during the COVID-19 lockdown. They have also released some guidelines to help keep you safe, you can
Guidelines for Individualised funding during COVID-19
Do you employ staff directly to help with care? The Ministry of Health has released some guidelines that are for people who are on Individualised Funding, Enhanced Individualised Funding, and Enabling Good Lives/Mana Whaikaha Personal Budgets during COVID-19. These guidelines are for during the COVID-19 lockdown. It has some helpful advice and links for other places you can…
Bill passed to fund election candidates with disabilities
A bill has been passed to fund election candidates with disabilities. The bill will establish a fund to help support disabled general and local election candidates. The bill to fund election candidates with disabilities has passed its final reading which means it will become law. This means the Electoral Commission will administer a fund to cover disability-related costs of…
Protect Yourself Against the Coronavirus
There is a disease called COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The government has all the important information on their website. The likelihood of a widespread outbreak in New Zealand, with continued vigilance, is low. You can still work to protect yourself against the coronavirus though. The Ministry of Health and government are closely monitoring the situation. They are having…
MORE PEOPLE GETTING INTO WORK
The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off…. Read here for more From Hon Carmel Sepuloni
DEMAND FOR DISABILITY SERVICES SURGES
Demand for help from disabled people and their families has soared with thousands coming forward for the first time… Reporter: Catherine Hutton RNZ
GET INVOLVED – MoH – COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
GET INVOLVED – MINISTRY OF HEALTH – COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
DISABILITY DIRECTORATE LIVESTREAM CONVERSATION 17 OCTOBER FROM 6PM TO 7PM
It was good to see Adri Isbister – Deputy Director-General Disability, Ministry of Health in Christchurch recently. Adri has been travelling the Country to work collaboratively with disabled people, their family and whanau, carers and providers. Community conversations and workshops are…
A PEEP IN TO THE FUTURE
In August, we were privileged to be a part of I-Create, a global conference held in Canberra, Australia. I-Create is an international convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. An amazing and informative event featuring futuristic ideas to remove barriers for those with disabilities or impairments, we are grateful to New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres and Assistive Technology…
“Beautiful’ to help people
What makes you motivated to go to work each day? To do your best and meet the goals and objectives set before you. Living with a disability can be “upsetting” (as stated by Winnie) – the difference we can make is in the work we do which spurs individuals on to make the world in which we live be an…
Family Funded Care
The government have recently announced changes to Funded Family Care. A raft of changes which include pay rates for carers from minimum wage to a maximum of $25.50 per house, for carers with a family member or spouse that has high needs due to disability, health conditions, mental health, addition or old age.
The changes will come in to effect…
Caregiving parents and partners of disabled people to be paid
(Article from stuff.co.nz) The Government is set to inject $32 million into paying parents and partners to care for people with high support needs and is scrapping an unusual employment situation those people are in.
John Forman has two adult children with a rare degenerative genetic condition. His severely disabled daughter lives at home and, under current laws,…