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News Update — 17 September 2020

Kia ora and welcome to our September Newsletter. We had been holding off until an announcement about DSS contract price uplifts, but alas we still wait. Contract price uplift for DSS funded services At the time of writing a communication about a price uplift has not been forthcoming. We have received a confidential briefing about …

News Update — 19 August 2020

Kia ora tātou, With rapidly unfolding changes we thought an update would be timely given the consequences of recent decisions by government. We can also update you on NZDSN activities.  COVID-19 Welcome back to ambiguity and complexity! We appreciate that providers are once again stepping up to respond to the new alert levels in situations that can …

News Update — August 2020

Kia ora tātou, In this update we will share with you the outcomes of some discussions with the Ministry of Health, some thoughts on the Health and Disability Review (Simpson Report) and bring you up to speed with NZDSN events, including our September AGM. Resetting Our Relationship With the Ministry of Health Over the past …

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About Us

New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) is an incorporated society of member organisations which provide support to disabled people.

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What We Do

  • We provide a strong voice to government on matters of policy, service design, and legislation.
  • We promote innovation, quality services, research, and deliver a Provider Development Programme.
  • We ensure good communication with members, and support for regional networks.
  • We contribute to government working parties and reference groups.
  • We contribute to government working parties and reference groups.


We host a range of events to facilitate the sharing of knowledge within the disability sector.

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Our Services

Provider Development Programme

A series of workshops and training events showcasing best/next practice and innovation. Two workstreams are tailored for leaders and direct service staff. The programme also includes communities of practice and leadership mentoring opportunities, and is informed by an analysis of NZDSN member needs.

NZDSN Conferences

NZDSN hosts conferences that attract a wide variety of international and national keynote speakers and workstream presenteres covering the latest developments and innovations within the sector.

Regional Networks

NZDSN supports a series of regional networking activities providing opportunities for information sharing, which ensures providers are well-connected across the regions.

Workforce Development

NZDSN contributes to, and leads initiatives to develop and improve qualification pathways with the disability workforce as well as advocating for fairer remunerations.

Research and Quality Development Projects

These include things like the development of practice guidelines, and policy research.

Become a Member of NZDSN

NZDSN members belong to a values-driven network of service providers and supporters committed to a social change movement that is focused on achieving inclusive lives and active citizenship for disabled people

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