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Posted by Philip on 20 September 2012, 8:02 am in , , , ,

NZ Health Ministry consults on paying family for disability support

The Ministry of Health has released the following consultation invitation about paying family members. Personally I think the "complexity", of which the notice speaks, is overstated (read my recent post). You'll also notice it refers only to the support of disabled adults, but not children.

If this affects you, or you are simply concerned, I encourage you to have your say, dispelling the complexity myth and adding the right of disabled to children to be supported by well-resourced parents.


The Ministry of Health has begun consultation on options for a new policy for delivering Ministry of Health-funded home and community support to disabled adults that does not discriminate on the basis of family status.

The consultation follows the Government’s decision not to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling in the family carers case (Ministry of Health v Atkinson and Others) in June 2012. This means that the current policy of not paying certain family members for providing home and community support to disabled adults needs to change. This is a complex task and public input, and in particular input from the carers and disability communities, is vital.

  • The consultation will look at questions including:
  • What to pay family carers for
  • Whether to target eligibility for payment
  • How to pay family carers
  • Should a family carers payment be established through the welfare system
  • What Government and taxpayers can afford

Further information, including the consultation document, Consultation on Paying Family Carers to Provide Disability Support, submission form, questions and answers, and the dates and locations for public workshops is available at www.health.govt.nz/familycarersconsult.

Submissions can be made online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/familycarersconsult, by completion of the submission form and emailed back to familycarersconsult@moh.govt.nz, or in writing. We encourage you complete the survey or use the submissions form provided.

Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 6 November 2012.