Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Systemic effort needed to flip the script

Systemic effort needed to flip the script for people with intellectual disabilities in 2019

11 February 2019

People with intellectual disabilities continue to be left behind going into 2019, begging the question – how long do they and their families and whānau have to wait for longstanding and serious issues to be resolved?

In its second annual report monitoring progress in the sector, IHC says systemic effort needs to be made to promote and protect the rights and citizenship entitlements of all people with intellectual disabilities as an essential part of embracing their wellbeing.

IHC Director of Advocacy Trish Grant says while the many initiatives across government underway are promising, it’s simply too early to tell what impact they will have.

“The Government needs a plan to address this right now, because in the meantime the disability and support sector is facing a $150 million funding shortfall, and this is truly reaching breaking point,” says Trish.

“We’re just months away from the Budget, and the Ministry of Health should make this a priority.

“From the end of 2017, and throughout last year, the new Coalition Government introduced a change in the direction that applies a broader social investment approach and a wellbeing and sustainability lens.

“Across party and across government, there must be agreement and consultation with disabled people, families and whānau, their representative organisations and non-government agencies to connect, build on and sustain transformative changes and gains.

“Disability supports must be properly resourced, health outcomes improved, education made inclusive and wait times for early intervention reduced.

The report, released today, looks at various domains including home, family and community life; fair systems; education; health; work; money; and justice.

It has found that there has been some progress with greater visibility and inclusion of people with disabilities as a specific population group, but problems and questions surrounding the 2018 New Zealand Census has highlighted what limited good data is available.

Key points in the report:

• New Zealand is far from having taken the needed measures to ensure access to full healthcare access for all persons with disabilities. There needs to be substantive progress on enacting legislation to prohibit and prevent the practice of non-consensual treatments, including forced sterilisation.

• The average wait time of 100 days for early intervention and specialist services needs to be reduced dramatically.

• Young people with disabilities aged 15-24 are four times more likely than their non-disabled peers to not be in employment, education or training.

• People with intellectual disabilities have been particularly disadvantaged and discriminated against by both universal and disability support systems that are fragmented, complex and unfair.

• We need to take our human rights obligations seriously. To support and safeguard equal access to the law and justice there needs to be consistency across, and changes to, current laws and policies. These include both positive safeguards, such as supported decision-making, and access to advocacy and timely responses to abuse and neglect. Without fair and just systems, people with intellectual disabilities will continue to face instances where there decisions are not recognised as valid and court orders are demanded when they shouldn’t be.

• Ministry of Health’s Funded Family Care (FFC) must be changed to address problems in place since its introduction in 2013. It has been described as a nightmare by families and subject to protracted and expensive litigation on the basis of unfair and discriminatory practices.

IHC will continue to track progress in all areas covered in the report this year and will report back across the domains covered.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles

Whatever the failings of our own politicians, spare a kind thought for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Sure, it was depressing this week to watch Todd Muller clinging for dear life to his talking points on Q&A, lest he be carried away in the slavering jaws of Jack Tame…. but this was mere incompetence, not malice. At the same time the President of the United States was (a) falsely accusing one of his media critics of murder, and (b) threatening to shut down Twitter for attaching a warning label to Trump’s attempt at poisoning the electoral process by falsely claiming that postal voting has led to extensive voter fraud... More>>


Government: Freshwater Package Backed By Comprehensive Economic Analysis

Decisions on the Action for Healthy Waterways package are supported by comprehensive environmental and economic impact analysis by leading New Zealand research institutes, universities, and private sector firms. More>>


National: "Todd Muller Announces Shape Of Next Government"

National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government. “New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember. “We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There ... More>>


Lockdown Rules: Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed

The BusinessNZ Network is calling for more clarity about the conditions under which businesses can move to Covid level 1. The network is concerned about large numbers of businesses that are at risk of closure if restrictions continue at the current ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on the line. Good luck. Your decision process starts NOW... More>>


Budget 2020: Jobs Budget To Get Economy Moving Again

Investments to both save and create jobs in Budget 2020 mean unemployment can be back to pre COVID-19 levels within two years and could see the economy growing again as early as next year. More>>


Covid-19 Response: Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes

The law establishing a legal framework for the response to Covid-19 has passed its final reading and will become law in time for the move to Alert Level 2 tonight.
This is a bespoke Act designed specifically to stop the spread of COVID-19... More>>


Trans-Tasman Bubble: PMs Jacinda And Morrison Announce Plans

Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP have announced... More>>


Government: Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery

A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package ... More>>


Government: New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More>>


The Dig: Steady State Economics: We’ve Got Some (systems) Thinking To Do

In this time of impending economic and ecological crises, we urgently need to aim for a sustainable or ‘steady state’ economy. In order to get there, we will need to adopt a ‘systems-thinking’ outlook taking into account the interconnections of our complex world.

In short, we’ve got some systems thinking to do... More>>


Election 2020: Parties Get Into gear

The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. Using the most democratic list ... More>>


Insight Into Regenerative Agriculture In New Zealand

There is a fast growing movement in New Zealand that has been happening out in paddocks, fields, gardens and hill country across the nation. It is a movement that holds the promise to reshape our productive land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment to regenerate the land. The movement is that of regenerative agriculture. More>>


Covid-19: Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More>>


Govt: Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong.... More>>






InfoPages News Channels