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 …

3DHB Equity Initiative COVID-19 Counselling Fund

What is the counselling fund? COVID-19 has had a big impact on disabled people’s lives, routines, and mental wellbeing. If you have been affected by COVID-19 and would like to access counselling or other mental wellbeing support services, you can apply to the DHB for funding to pay for it. Who can apply to the …

Life after school: what’s next?

Presented by: Imagine Better and NZDSN Typically, graduation from college is an exciting time of life. It is a time of exploration, adventure, growing independence and fun. However, for many young men and women with disabilities and their families, it canbe a time of great vulnerability, uncertainty and worry. Despite years of foreknowledge, invested resources, …

NZDSN News Update July 2nd 2020

In this update: Health and Disability Review Report Special Interest Groups National Symposiums Upcoming Provider Development Events Employment Support Diploma Qualification Employment Support Contract Advice to MSD Election Forums AGM and Auckland Network Meeting Go with Tourism Recruitment Platform Workforce development Website refresh COVID 19 – lessons learnt and new ways of working Regional Provider …

NZDSN National Symposium – Effectively Supporting People with Very High Needs Post School

Registrations Now Open  Wednesday 14th October 20209:00AM – 4:00PM Venue: Sudima Hotel Auckland Airport, 18 Airpark Drive An opportunity to focus on supporting individualised participation in everyday things in everyday places Programme: 9:00am    Mihi Whakatau  9:30am    The Enabling Good Lives Principles and what implementation looks like for people with Very High Needs – Mark …

NZDSN National Symposium Transition from School

Transition from School “Frameworks for Better Practice” An opportunity to hear about developments from around the country showcasing effective practice and promising approaches. Wednesday 9th September 20209.00am – 4.00pmVenue: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai St. Rotorua There are still a small number of spaces still available so get in quick Programme: 9:00: Mihi Whakatau 09.15: The …

Health and Disability System Review Report a Huge Disappointment

Health and Disability System Review Report a Huge Disappointment – time to stop treating disability as a health issue The Health and Disability System Review Report is actually a “health system” review that pays lip service to the disability sector and continues the marginalisation of disabled people, says New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Dr …