Disability Advice Group

1a disabledKapiti has voice on new regional disabled group

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti is represented on a new disability advisory group for the combined  three District Health Boards  —  Capital & Coast, and Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

The Sub-Regional Disability Advisory Group will advise the three Boards and their advisory committees on public health and disability support.

The three District Boards plan to integrate services so people in the sub-region have seamless health care, whatever their needs.

As well as membership from the three DHBs, the advisory group has been set up to have representatives from the Māori and Pacific communities, from the disability advocacy group ‘People First’, and the NZ Disabled Persons Assembly.

Ashley Bloomfield, director of the Service Integration & Development Unit (SIDU) says the boards ‘are committed to improving the responsiveness of health services for disabled people in our communities.’

He says: “We are pleased to have…this group of disability leaders as a strong and viable voice for…planning and delivery of health services.”

Members of the Advisory Group will liaise with disability networks in their communities.

They will also oversee a five-year NZ Disability Strategy and UN Convention Implementation Plan, which aims to ensure the sub-region leads the way in improving the health of disabled people.