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The never-ending reforms

We are now several years into the reforms of disability supports. A key reason for the reforms was the Social Services Select Committee’s report in 2008 (PDF). This report found that disability supports were fragmented and often difficult to access. Unfortunately, the government may have inadvertently made this situation worse. There are currently a lot ...

Matariki

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 7:20 pm · Posted in Biculturalism, Matariki

Ka puta a Matāriki ka rere a Whānui. Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!  Matāriki appears, Whānui starts its flight.  This is the sign of the New Year. Matāriki is the Māori name for the constellation of stars that is often referred to as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. However, in other accounts, ...

Leaving people behind; the investment approach in practice

Friday, June 12, 2015 11:24 am · Posted in Social Model of Disability, valuing people, Welfare Reform

I want to talk about two boring sounding things that have the potential to seriously impact on people’s lives. These things are future welfare liability and an investment approach. Both are very much “in vogue” at the moment. The Productivity Commission, which is currently looking at social services, is a particularly big fan. Future welfare ...

Still falling behind Australia

Friday, June 5, 2015 12:27 pm · Posted in Australia, National Disability Insurance Scheme

Last time I talked about the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme, I mentioned that a Citizens’ Jury was assessing the Scheme. The Citizens’ Jury consists of twelve Australians, including six disabled people (Who are not currently receiving support from the Scheme), randomly selected. Sort of like an actual Jury. They listen to evidence from people ...

The persistent advocate

Friday, April 24, 2015 1:46 pm · Posted in advocacy tips

The Ministry of Health has recently released data on the people that use its disability supports. I plan to take a good look. Before I descend into the depths of numbers, I want to be clear about something. Despite what I said last week, there are often more important things in advocacy than data and ...

Officials and emotions

Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:43 pm · Posted in officials

Emotions and government officials might sound like a strange combination, but officials are not faceless bureaucrats. They are real people with opinions and feelings. Emotions matter in general and they matter in the public service. Emotions affect our judgements and choices. Last year, Andrew Power, an Irish academic, looked into the views of government officials ...

Matatini and access

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:48 am · Posted in Accessibility, CCS Disability Action, valuing people

Dale Johnson, Tumu Whakarae (Our National Māori Strategic Policy Leader), talks about her experience at a recent Kapa Haka event. Kia Ora koutou, as many of you may have heard, a worldwide Kapa Haka event (Matatini) happened recently in Otautahi (Christchurch). I had the amazing opportunity to attend the event, and not only be amongst ...