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NORTH CANTERBURY – SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION UPDATE

Due to the earthquake in the North Canterbury region in November, and subsequent damage to road and distribution infrastructure, there may be some delays to the supply of services and equipment in parts of the South Island.

We will endeavour to reduce all delays as alternative options become available.

NZ DISABILITY STRATEGY 2016-2026

The New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016-2026 was launched by the Minister for Disability Issues Hon Nicky Wagner on 29 November 2016. The vision of this Strategy is: New Zealand is a non-disabling society – a place where disabled people have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations, and all of New Zealand works together to make this happen.

The New Zealand Disability Strategy (the Strategy) was developed after extensive consultation with disabled people, their families/whānau and disability organisations. The Strategy will guide the work of government agencies – including Enable New Zealand – on disability issues from 2016 to 2026. It can also be used by any individual or organisation who wants to learn more about, and make the best decisions on, things that are important to disabled people.

Link to the strategy http://www.odi.govt.nz/nzds/

A GUIDE TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Ministry of Health have announced that the Guide to Community Engagement with People with Disabilities has been published on their website.

This guide was developed in collaboration with Disabled People's Organisations and provides practical tips to anyone wishing to engage with people with disabilities.

The purpose of the guide is to break down some of the barriers disabled people face, so that we can all benefit from their full participation in New Zealand society.

http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/guide-community-engagement-people-disabilities

CONTRACT EXTENDED FOR ENABLE NEW ZEALAND

Enable New Zealand has had confirmation that the range of services it provides to disabled people on behalf of Ministry of Health will continue for at least a further three years from 1 April 2015.

The services include Equipment and Modification Services (EMS), Complex Housing, Assessor Accreditation and Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management (clinics and advisory service).

Scott Ambridge, General Manager of Enable New Zealand, said “we are delighted that the Ministry of Health has chosen to renew our contract for service provision”. “Enable New Zealand works very hard on the Ministry’s behalf to ensure people with disabilities receive timely equipment and modification services. We pride ourselves on our customer service and ensuring that available funds are spent in the most fiscally responsible way”, Mr Ambridge said.

Enable New Zealand is the largest provider of support services across the health, rehabilitation and disability sector for the provision of equipment, housing and vehicle modifications holding regional and national contracts with the Ministry of Health, ACC and District Health Boards. Enable New Zealand is an operating division of MidCentral District Health Board. Its head office is located in Palmerston North, with sites in Christchurch and Hamilton.

Disability Funding Information

This website provides information about Ministry of Health funding for environmental support services for disabled people.

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for please ask a question .

Additional disability related information is available on the 'Weka' website at www.weka.net.nz.

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