A bolder approach needed for disability sector

Published: Tue 9 Aug 2016 04:26 PM
A bolder and more coherent government approach needed for disability sector
9 August 2016
Disability service providers say bolder implementation of new approaches to funding and provision of disability services are needed to ensure that individuals and families get the flexibility and choices they want. A new approach referred to as “Enabling Good Lives” has the potential to offer real transformation.
The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) has released their sector briefing for 2016, which outlines the issues they have with Government’s approach to transforming the disability sector.
Transformation, Inclusion and Citizenship outlines a series of matters impacting the effective provision of services to the disabled community, whilst acknowledging, if executed well, new approaches could allow individuals more choice and control over their own lives.
Chief Executive, Dr Garth Bennie says service providers have long-standing and ongoing issues with the levels of government funding along with fragmented commissioning and purchasing arrangements associated with contracting. This has resulted in a sector characterised by very low wages and real challenges when it comes to workforce development.
“There is a real need for the right investment from government to ensure that there is the support to enable everyone to participate in the Enabling Good Lives initiative with confidence and to understand what will be a very new environment.
Dr Bennie notes “the current structures and policy settings of Government don’t easily inspire the innovation demanded by the Enabling Good Lives principles. Being bolder about both the scale and scope of the initiative will mean a greater impact and better understanding of cost, benefits and necessary support.
“It will take time for both individuals and organisations in the disability sector to develop confidence. This is a fundamental change to the way in which we operate and the way in which services are accessed.
“There needs to be considerable thought and resources put into this transformation in order to make it successful for disabled people and families.”
The briefing paper provides recommendations to the Government and includes NZDSN’s own commitments to supporting change.
You can read NZDSN’s report here:
You can also find out more about Enabling Good Lives here:

Next in New Zealand politics

More measures to help those facing homelessness
By: New Zealand Government
Strategy launched to break the cycle of Māori reoffending
By: New Zealand Government
The Pacific will no longer stand for Australia's inaction
By: The Conversation
Resolution for Canterbury owners of on-sold homes
By: New Zealand Government
First urban growth partnership signed
By: New Zealand Government
Secondary principals to vote on industrial action
By: Post Primary Teachers' Association
Update: Serious incident, Gore
By: New Zealand Police
Help to stay in tenancies a 'critical' step on homelessness
Government support for homeless a welcome step
By: Public Service Association
New homelessness measures a positive step forward
By: Housing First Auckland
Hutt Housing: The Facts
By: Chris Bishop
Providing relief for homeless in Hutt region
By: Wellington City Mission
New Corrections plan for Māori “repeat of failed policies"
By: People Against Prisons Aotearoa
Australian PM's attitude 'neo-colonial' says Tuvalu
Condescension and Climate Change
By: Binoy Kampmark
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media