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Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill — a chance to change entitlement to worth

Posted by Philip on 9 September 2013, 11:03 am in , , , , ,

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty spoke in the Budget Debate on the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) on Tuesday, 28 May 2013, saying:

"The New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) ... was forced through the House, as part of the Budget. I think the reason it was forced through under urgency, as part of the Budget, is that probably very few support parties could have stomached it if it had not been. It is a unique bill. The Budget has allocated $23 million per year for 3 years for perhaps 1,600 families, who can be paid less than all other carers, who can only be paid for 40 hours' work a week, and who basically, if they are not able to get that funding and want to complain about any aspect of the Government's new policy, will be unable to because there is a discriminatory clause in the bill.

"A most extraordinary discrimination has been entrenched in this bill, and it has been commented on far and wide. That is why I have called the bill the "Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad, Shut Up Bill", because that is really what it is about. The only reason there was any money put aside for this in the Budget is that the Government had lost in every court in the land. The Government did not do it to become internationally recognised as people who really like to defend people. The Government did it because it could, and it is wrong."

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If you think disability is limiting...

Posted by Philip on 22 July 2013, 7:32 pm in , , ,

...watch this and think again.

Confused? Contact me.

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Open letter to Hon Tariana Turia, Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern about the Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill

Posted by Philip on 20 May 2013, 3:19 pm in , , ,

Amend as follows:

Dear Hon Tariana Turia, [your MP] and [if appropriate your local Labour MP]

Copy and paste bold text.

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Health Minister needs to ensure quality of residential facilities: Green Party

Posted by Philip on 9 May 2013, 12:00 pm in , , , , , , ,

Another example of the National Party's complete disregard for a civil society. Shame on you Tony Ryall. Such a dishonourable response.

Big ups to Kevin Hague for taking a stand.


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Lack of outrage...but they're only disabled and vulnerable

Posted by Philip on 6 May 2013, 6:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

It's hard to understand that the allegations against Parklands, a residential facility in Pukekawa, south of Auckland, run by Linnaire and Neil Joslin for over a decade, have attracted such little public outrage.

The Joslins have probably received hundreds of millions of public money to allegedly abuse hundreds of disabled young people and adults.

Child Youth and Family have been referring youth-at-risk to the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services funded facility. The facility has been a dumping ground for disabled people too. 

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Losing it: appalling disability customer service

Posted by Philip on 13 March 2013, 7:43 pm in , ,

Today I spoke to Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) staff about disability, diversity and customer service. Ironically I just wrote this email to the needs assessment service:

A needs assessor called Megan called me on Monday and agreed to email me with a needs assessment form and to make a needs assessment appointment the same day. She still hasn't.

I've been communicating with Taikura since mid January and I am absolutely fed up with the appalling lack of customer service and the lack of respect I believe underpins it.

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Some people need to lighten up...or have I gone too far?

Posted by Philip on 9 February 2013, 10:20 am in , ,

Earlier this year I designed what I thought was a funny but thought-provoking notice that you can leave on the car windscreen or even politely hand to someone who parks in an accessible car parking space without needing to. It reads:

Recent research shows that non-disabled people who park in accessible parking spaces are five times more likely to become disabled themselves than those who don’t.

But don’t worry, apart from non-disabled people parking in accessible parking spaces, being disabled isn’t as bad as you’d think.

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Social media and its power to create social change @MrMikeMcRoberts

Posted by Philip on 11 December 2012, 7:18 pm in , , ,

Update: Here's the link to the story online.

Here's a twitter conversation I had with Mike McRoberts during 3News. He did a pre-intro to a story referring to someone being "wheelchair-bound":

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Is the Health Ministry breaching children's rights?

Posted by Philip on 22 September 2012, 1:19 pm in , , , ,

The current Ministry of Health Consultation on Paying Family Carers to Provide Disability Support 2012 considers "options for paying family carers providing disability support to disabled adult family members" (my emphasis).

I am concerned that this seems to exclude family carers providing disability support to disabled children.

I believe the omission of the needs of children, under current policy and in this consultation, is negligent for the following reasons:

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NZ Health Ministry consults on paying family for disability support

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

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.


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