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Consultation open on health and disability system review

February 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM

From the NZFVC

The Government is currently asking for feedback on the New Zealand health and disability system.

The deadline to submit feedback is 31 May 2019.

This first round of consultation is seeking feedback on how the health and disability system is working currently and to identify critical issues to improve the effectiveness and equity of the system. 

You can give feedback by completing an online survey in EnglishTe Reo Māori or Plain English.

Background about the review

In May 2018, Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the review of the New Zealand health and disability sector. He said the review would "... look at the way we structure, resource and deliver health services – not just for the next few years but for decades to come."

The Terms of Reference for the review state that the purpose of the review is to "... identify opportunities to improve the performance, structure, and sustainability of the system with a goal of achieving equity of outcomes, and contributing to wellness for all, particularly Māori and Pacific peoples." The review has a broad focus on achieving "wellness, access, equity, and sustainability" in the health and disability system.

The review will consider a number of points, including:

"Contribution of and the interaction between health and other social sector agencies in supporting health and wellness."

David Clark said the Terms of Reference for the review are "deliberately wide" and "allow for a more thorough assessment of the disability sector."

The Review will be chaired by Heather Simpson. The other review panel members are Shelly Campbell, Professor Peter Crampton, Dr Lloyd McCann, Dr Margaret Southwick, Dr Winfield Bennett and Sir Brian Roche.

The panel is expected to release an interim report in August 2019, following the consultation. A second round of consultation will be invited on the interim report. A final report is expected to be provided to the Government in March 2020.

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