Speaker Breakfast 2018 – Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner will speak at this breakfast on Innovative and responsive change through transformation

1.5 hours

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      Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero’s role is to promote and protect the rights of disabled people in New Zealand. She will discuss the perspectives she has developed about service providers during her term.


      The first part of her term involved talking with and seeing how disability services are provided and what works well and what doesn’t. Service system transformation will change how things work in the coming years and offer the opportunity for disabled people to further influence service design and delivery.


      Paula has talked with people about how Enabling Good Lives has directly impacted them. There is an exciting challenge for service providers to further innovate to be responsive to the needs of disabled people as new service system transformation is rolled out. Paula is interested in what can be learnt both here and internationally; what challenges do service providers see and how do they respond, and what is the vision beyond system transformation - how do we keep looking to the future and how will New Zealand know it has been successful?


      In 2019, the New Zealand government will be reviewed on its compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This includes reporting on measures taken to ensure that disabled people live independently and are included in the community (article 19) and have better health outcomes (article 25). This is an opportunity to consider how we can do better as a nation to ensure disabled people are supported in a real way to lead the lives they want to live.


      Paula looks forward to connecting with conference participants on this important issue.  


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