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NASC from a client’s perspective

Posted by Philip on 3 September 2015, 6:06 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This week the Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination Association (NASCA) held its national forum. According to its website, "NASCA provides leadership, assistance and peer support to NASC agencies throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. NASC services are contracted by the Ministry of Health or District Health Boards to serve people with disabilities, people with mental health issues and older people needing age-related support."

I was invited to present the keynote plenary session on the first morning, providing a client's perspective. This, I explained in my introduction, was interesting given my well-known disdain for the NASC process. I assumed therefore, that I hadn't been invited to give a pep talk  — instead, I offered some critical analysis, drawing on the following model:

  • curiosity  — an eagerness to gather information and be open-minded
  • skepticism  — the comitment to question the information gathered
  • humility  — the willingness to change one's view

I asked my audience to embrace this mindset, as well as promising to do the same.

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Neo-freedom. Licence or lax?

Posted by Philip on 6 June 2013, 8:00 pm in , , , , ,

It's often that I struggle to know the answer. I'm used to it and, mostly, I need to work out the next question.

This week, I've floundered to know what I think and that's been disquieting. In fact, I've had to discuss this issue with several people in order to feel clear enough to write this.

Even as I write, I'm not sure I'm right. But, as I said to one of those with whom I engaged in discussion, this is a difficult conversation – one that someone has had the courage to start it and to which I would be cowardly not to respond.

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