Further Detail available from the 2022 Budget

Budget 2022 at a glance – what you need to know Disability support: $934m for disability system transformation $735m for disability service sustainability, with additional demand expected $100m for rolling out Enabling Good Lives approach allowing service users to budget their own services $108m to establish the new Ministry for Disabled People and support operations …

Budget 2022 More frontline funding welcome but money for wage pressures need to be addressed

The Budget boosts to frontline disability services funding will be welcomed by providers, but the question remains whether these will deliver actual service increase or be expected to cover the rising costs that disability providers face, says New Zealand Disability Services Network CEO Peter Reynolds. Budget 2022 establishes the funding stream for the new Ministry …

NZDSN Newsletter 17 May 2022

Inside this issue Member ProfileUpoming eventsRegister HereMembers Only Facebook and LinkedIn Groups A message from our CEO Another month has swept by.  As the borders are re-opening and COVID restrictions are lessening, we start to get back to some semblance of normal. Peter looks at Commissioner Paula Tesoriero’s report on the impact of Omicron on …

Disability providers need funding to match care assistants’ pay boost – Media Release 09-04-2022

The significant pay increases set to be awarded to nurses and care assistants working for DHBs will need to be matched with government funding for support workers and nurses working for disability providers.  Without that full funding, it will be very difficult for the already understaffed disability sector to retain staff and support levels for …

NZDSN Newsletter 05 April 2022

Inside this Issue A message from the NZDSN BoardWhat’s happening in our sectorMember profile Upcoming events Register here Members’ Only Facebook and LinkedIn Groups A message from the NZDSN Board  Sean Stowers (Board Chair) The NZDSN Board met for the first time since late last year.  A busy but productive agenda included finalising the review …

NZDSN Newsletter 21 February 2022

Inside this issue Inside this issue. 1 A message from our CEO.. 1 What’s happening in our sector 1 Member profile. 2 Upcoming events. 3 Members’ Only Facebook and LinkedIn Groups  3 A message from our CEO Welcome to 2022 – well, sort of! It does seem a little like Groundhog Day, with the whole …

Contact Exemption Scheme

Are you aware that if you offer a residential service, including support in the home, and you have a staff member who is a close contact of a confirmed COVID case, they can still work for you without the need to socially isolate?  Read about the Close Contact Exemption Scheme below: Close Contact Exemption Scheme …

Notification on the Mandatory Order change

Clarification on how to apply the new Mandatory Vaccination Order (from the MoH)… Our workforces Health and Disability sector If you have been vaccinated with your primary course on or before the 26 August 2021, you will need to have received a booster vaccine by 25 February 2022. For people vaccinated from 27 August 2021 …

Changes to the Mandatory Vaccination Order deadline

The Mandatory Vaccination Order requires those care and support workers in client-facing roles to have received their booster shots by today or risk being stood down or terminated. The government has changed the timetable, extending the deadline for this requirement by ten days to 11.59pm 24 February.  The change was agreed over the weekend.  We …