News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Budget Spend To Support Aged Care

Budget Spend To Support Aged Care

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew announced an extra $70m over the next four years to support Aged Care and dementia services.

The statement that New Zealand faces a growing tide of dementia is a sad fact. However nowhere in the announcement did we see the projections for arthritis and its financial impact on New Zealand’s economy and health costs.

Arthritis New Zealand is frequently contacted by people with arthritis, who are struggling to get appropriate Home Help. In addition we have a number of clients, under the age of 65, who are being told they have no entitlements.

There are 530,000 New Zealanders with arthritis with half of these being over 65 years of age. Given the ageing population it is reasonable to expect that the number of people with arthritis will grow.

“Being able to manage simple household tasks like cleaning is often a challenge for people whose mobility is impaired by arthritis,” says Sandra Kirby, Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand. “Many people end up in care earlier than they would like because of a lack of support to keep them at home”

In 2010 the cost of arthritis to the New Zealand Health budget was $695million[i]. but despite ongoing economic research and ageing data arthritis is still not considered a health priority and the impact of the condition on people not recognised for its significant impact on lives and families.

Arthritis New Zealand challenges District Health Boards to ensure consideration is given to arthritis as they look to the additional $33.2m they have been given and to the Ministers to pause and take time to consider the impacts of arthritis on the 530,000 New Zealanders who are living with the condition

www.arthritis.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news