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Invitation to CPAG report launch: "Barriers to Support"

November 17, 2016 at 3:32 PM

*From Child Poverty Action Group*

When: Monday November 21, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Where: Otara Music Arts Centre, Corner Newbury Street and Bairds Road, Otara Town Centre, Auckland.

CPAG warmly invites you to attend the report launch of "Barriers to support: Uptake of the child disability allowance in Otara". The report will include a background of the CDA and disability rates data as well as the purpose, method and findings of the survey on Child Disability Allowance uptake in Otara. The survey was developed together by CPAG, Disability Connect and Otara Health Chartiable Trust.  

 The Child Disability Allowance (CDA) is a non-income tested payment, paid to the carer of a child under 18 years with a serious disability or health condition in recognition of the extra care andattention required for that child.

Research has shown that there is a relationship between disability including chronic health conditions, and poverty and that children with a disability are more likely to live in low income households.

The 2015 Child Poverty Action Group report ‘It shouldn’t be this hard:children, poverty and disability’ also highlighted that the Child Disability Allowance is underpaid and difficult to access for some families in need.

Considering this relationship between disability and low income households, this preliminary study set out to examine rates of disability and levels of access to the CDA in Otara. Additional aims of  this project included to assist Otara families with disabled children who are not receiving their entitlements to a CDA togain these entitlements and to document participating families’ interactions with Ministry of Social Development to gain a CDA.


Mihi whakatau

MC: Alan Johnson: Alan is an author of this report and housing spokesperson for CPAG. He currently works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit. In his spare time he is a community activist in South Auckland where he is active as an administrator in local sports clubs and as a school trustee. He has also held positions as a trustee of the Auckland Community Housing Trust and as the Chair of Community Housing Aotearoa

Jessica Suri: Jessica is an author of this report. She is a postgraduate student in at the University of Waikato (currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology in Community Psychology) and is an intern psychologist at Otara Health Charitable Trust. She has previously completed a Master of Science in Health Psychology at the University of Auckland. She has research interests in the areas of health and social inequalities.

John Coffey: Taranaki te maunga,Taranaki te iwi, Ngati Haupoto te hapu. General Manager of Otara Health.John first joined Otara Health Charitable Trust as a member of the Trust Board in November 2011. He later stepped down from the Board to take up the position of General Manager in October 2013 to lead the Trust in its day to day operations.  John is no stranger to Otara with his whanau having moved to the area in the early 1960’s. John while continuing to live in South Auckland has held a variety of management roles across a number of industries. John’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Management and an Advanced Trade Certificate in Telecommunications. John’s passion for and experience with community engagement and development means he is well suited to the task of leading Otara Health Charitable Trust.

Lisa Martin: CEO of Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect.  We are a Disability Information Advisory Service operating throughout Auckland.  We provide direct information and advice to families and professionals about any disability issues as well as providing a range of 6x disability seminars in the community (including Work and Income seminars) and several print resources.  We have a free and open access social work service and we also do extensive work in the culturally diverse disability community.    

Lisa is  also the mum of two adult children, one of whom is 22yrs with autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy.  She joined the Disability Sector 8yrs ago – believing  her personal experience could inform a professional role in the disability sector.  In the recent past have served tenures on the board of an Auckland Special School and the Auckland committee of Autism New Zealand.  


Light refreshments provided

Category: Reports