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IIMHL New Zealand Special Update

The following links are a summary of the IIMHL AND IIDL UPDATE – 15 NOVEMBER 2014

If you want further information on the IIMHL organisation go here. To sign up for their mailing list go here.

For general enquiries about these links or for other IIMHL information please contact Erin Geaney at erin@iimhl.com.

  1. The Physical Health of People with a Serious Mental Illness and/or Addiction: An evidence review
  2. Stories of Success
  3. Tihei Mauri Ora: Supporting whānau through suicidal distress
  4. New ‘wellbeing bank’ for baby boomers
  5. “There is always someone worse off…” (regarding the earthquakes in Christchurch)
  6. Debriefing following seclusion and restraint: A summary of relevant literature
  7. Families and whānau status report 2014: Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau
  8. Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1000 Days (July 2014)
  9. Parents or caregivers of children with a disability have a voice in New Zealand (video playlist)

Also recommended in the update are:

Effective parenting programmes: A review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes for parents of vulnerable children
(2014, April 14). Wellington: Families Commission

New Zealand practice guidelines for opioid substitution treatment
(2014, April). Wellington: Ministry of Health



The Press: Mental Health Wards Clogged with the Homeless

Olivia Carville of The Press writes on Stuff.co.nz:

“The CDHB is trying to deal with the “urgent dilemma” created by the city’s social housing shortage. At a CDHB meeting yesterday, specialist mental health services manager Toni Gutschlag said the housing shortage was causing “significant problems”. On any given night, up to 25 patients were staying in Hillmorton Hospital – when they did not need to be there – because of a lack of affordable housing options.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Engage Aotearoa is aware that acute wards of hospitals in every city are often used by those with no better place to go. We feel it highlights the need for better and more viable accommodation options for those coming out of acute care.

Shared Vision North Harbour Social Housing Forum

Shared Vision North Harbour warmly invites you to the upcoming Social Housing Forum.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 27 2014
  • Time: 11.45am – 1.30pm
  • Venue: AMI Netball North Harbour Stadium, Function Room Upstairs, 44 Northcote Road, Northcote
  • RSVP: Phone Miriama 09 4418989 | Email: miriama@raeburnhouse.org.nz

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about recent developments in Social Housing Policy

Guest speakers include:

  • Sandra Biggs – Work & Income Area Manager
  • Kevin Hawkins – Housing Coordinator at Connect Supporting Recovery

This is a free event open to the entire community with lunch provided.

Everyone is welcome, please spread the word!

Please find more information attached, SV Social Housing Forum 2014, or contact:

Amberlee Wharton
Community Resource Co-ordinator

Raeburn House – Connecting Diverse Vibrant Communities
P O Box 36 336, Northcote, North Shore City 0748
T  09 441 8989  |  F 09 441 8988  | W www.raeburnhouse.org.nz


Neighbours Day Aotearoa (NDA): 29-30 March

Join in on New Zealand’s biggest celebration of neighbourliness!  NDA is all about turning strangers into neighbours and streets into neighbourhoods, atawhaingia te pa harakeke.  For some that may mean a first wave or smile, a chat over the fence, inviting a neighbour for a cuppa or holding a street barbeque or party. Put simply, NDA is about going one step further in getting to know those next door.

NDA is something for ALL New Zealanders to be involved in.  To join in on the campaign go to www.neighboursday.org.nz/join-in.  You can sign up to receive printed resources or download them from the site.

High res NDA logo attached It’s never too late to say hello over the fence – we can all start somewhere!  It couldn’t be easier to be a great neighbour!  So get out there and get started on planning your neighbourhood activity (if you haven’t already)!

Settlement Support Auckland Central: Newcomer Orientation Programme: February 2014

SSNZ Auckland Central is offering a week-long orientation programme for newcomers and their families, packed with useful and relevant information towards smoother settlement.

Choose ONE or MORE of these information-packed sessions!

Auckland Orientation Bus Tour ($5 per person): Welcome to Auckland! Join us to enjoy the natural & cultural beauty of Auckland while learning about its history, facilities, services and amenities. Requirement: Newcomers living in NZ for 2 years or less. Snacks provided; bring lunch & water. When:15th February, 8.20am – 4.30pm.

NZ Education System and Library Information (free): Do you have kids? Learn about Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary Education systems in NZ.  The workshop will finish with a Library Tour and info session on free library services! Bring your passport and proof of address if you would like to apply for a library card. When: 17th February, 9.30am – 12.45pm.

NZ Health System and Services, plus Safety (free): Learn about the New Zealand Health system and services. NZ Fire Services, Water Safety and Civil Defence will talk about environment safety issues. A session not to be missed! When: 18th Feburary, 9.30am – 3.45pm.

Renting, Flatting, Boarding, & Home Ownership (free): Important if you are renting, buying a house, or becoming a landlord. You will learn about how to buy a house in NZ, home loans, protecting your assets, and tenancy rights. When:19th February, 9.30am – 4.00pm.

Budgeting, Financial Planning & Taxation (free): Learn more about New Zealand taxes, financial planning, and spending plans. This workshop also explores KiwiSaver, financial resources, investment, and assets protection. IRD staff will also present on families tax credit and other financial issues that newcomers need to know. When: 20th February, 9.30am – 4.45pm.

Legal Rights & Safety Laws in NZ (free): New Zealand law is different from other countries! Do you know your rights? This session covers Consumer Rights, Neighbourhood Dispute, Traffic & Accidents and Community Safety. When: 21st February, 9.30am – 3.30pm.

To register, contact reception@arms-mrc.org.nz or 09 625 2440.

Venue: Auckland Regional Migrant Services, Three Kings Plaza, 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings

Inviting families/Whanau from Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney

Inviting families/Whanau from Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney

A free service for families/whanau who are supporting the recovery of a loved one from mental health issues.  Join others who face similar challenges; to learn and to share experiences, to exchange information & resources; and to learn different strategies in dealing with the needs of our loved one and ourselves.

WHAT TOPIC: Guest speaker Murray Walker SW from WDHB Community Team 2 will talk about Respite & Care Support—How can families/whanau get time out , who qualifies and who pays for it?

WHY: Families/whanau often get burnt out needing a break from their loved one. Tonight is an opportunity to find out about how Respite & Care support may relate to you.

Tea/coffee/milo supplied

WHEN: 11 February 2014, 6.45- 9.00 pm

WHERE: Lion Foundation House, 3 William Laurie Pl Albany

RSVP: Merle & Margot Ph.: 09 414 2423

Email: merle@sfauckland.org.nz  or margot@sfauckland.org.nz

Auckland Council Research Project Seeks Participants with Disabilities from New Lynn, Papatoetoe and Albany

Research Project: How do you feel about living in your local neighbourhood and community

Receive $35

Ignite Research are interviewing people in several Auckland areas for Auckland Council and would like to hear people’s stories about what it’s like living in New Lynn, Papatoetoe, Albany.

If you, or someone you know, would like to take part in this research project and receive a $35 Warehouse voucher and go into a draw for another $100 voucher, for just 40 minutes of your time, then read on.

Ignite Research want to talk to people who…

  • Live in Papatoetoe, Albany, New Lynn
  • Are aged 17-100
  • Are Pacific, Indian, Korean, Chinese, European or Pākehā
  • Have a disability

If you or someone you know fits the description, call email or text Deb on 4795430 / 022 3514537 or dhullaswan@gmail.com, giving the person’s age, ethnicity, and which one of the descriptions above they fit. Deb will sort out a suitable time to talk with you over the next couple of weeks.

Ignite Research, 110 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland

Info Refresher: The Disability Allowance

The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment to help people meet the costs associated with a disability or health condition (including mental-health conditions). You can find out more by following the link below. You might be surprised to find out just how many things you can get help with if you live with the effects of a health condition.


About the Disability Allowance

The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people of all ages who have a disability or ongoing health condition and need help with the additional costs directly associated with that condition.

It is available to people who qualify for a Community Services Card including those on a benefit or people who are working. There is an income test. An application can also be made on behalf of a child if they are aged 18 years or under and financially dependent on the person who is making the application.

To qualify for Disability Allowance the person must:

have a disability or health condition that is likely to last at least six months have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability which are not fully covered by another agency are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here meet the income and asset test.

Allowable costs covered by a Disability Allowance

Following are some examples of costs that a Disability Allowance may be paid for; noting that the cost must be directly related to the person’s disability:

Alternative treatment: must be supported by a medical practitioner as being necessary to be publically funded for the person’s condition, and the treatment provided or supervised by a health practitioner (under the HPCAA).

Ambulance fees and subscriptions: when a person is required to pay ambulance fees or subscription fees on an annual on-going basis.

Authorised consumables: can cover the ongoing additional cost of consumable items needed by a person, eg hearing aids, vet’s fees etc for guide dogs, incontinence pads (if they are not provided through Health).

Clothing: for additional clothing costs that a person has which may arise because of greater frequency of washing, wear and tear resulting from use of a prosthetic aid or wheelchair or the need to have clothes or shoes made-to-measure.

Counselling: for counselling fees if the need for counselling is directly related to the person’s disability. It is limited to 10 sessions with the opportunity for some additional sessions if clinically indicated (uncommon).

Day care for the elderly disabled: to help meet the costs of an elderly disabled person (usually aged 65 or over) to attend a day care centre, and/or the cost of transport to the centre.

Gardening, lawns and outside window cleaning: covers the costs of gardening, lawn-mowing, and outside window cleaning for the person’s own home or private residence where the person or another resident in the home is unable to do these tasks themselves.

Gym and swimming pool fees: may be paid when the exercise activities are directly related to a person’s disability and will have a therapeutic value.

Medical alarms: to cover the costs of medical alarm rental and monitoring if a medical alarm is necessary for normal daily living and without it, the person’s life or health would be put at risk, or their disability would be aggravated.

Medical fees: to cover the cost of appointments with general practitioners, specialists or hospital fees if the costs are additional and ongoing. This can also include fees for the some other health services (if a registered medical practitioner verifies the need and its relationship to the documented disability or health condition), for example occupational therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, podiatry or dental services.

Pharmaceutical charges: to cover the costs of regular and ongoing pharmaceutical charges. Note: It is generally only paid to assist with the cost of pharmaceutical products that are subsidised or partially subsidised under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act.

Power, gas and heating: for the additional electricity, gas or heating costs that a person has. It is for the costs over and above the normal power consumption of similar-sized households.

Rental equipment: for necessary rental equipment when the client has a need for the item or service but can’t receive funding through the District Health Board or another state funded agency and their life or health would be put at risk, or their disability aggravated if they could not hire the equipment.

Special foods: to cover the additional costs of special foods, ie for costs over and above the normal cost of food. Vitamins, supplements, herbal remedies and minerals can also be included when they are recommended as necessary for the management of the condition.

Telephone: for telephone costs to a person with a disability only when the ongoing cost of the telephone is directly related to the person’s disability.

Transport – disability: for additional travel costs that a person has because of their disability. These additional travel costs can be incurred when a person with a disability is carrying out everyday activities. Examples of everyday activities may include (but is not limited to) shopping, vocational services and work.

Transport – personal health: to cover the costs of regular travel to a health practitioner for supervision or treatment of the person’s disability.

Housing Forum in Auckland 21 March 2013

Housing Forum

  • Where: CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland
  • When: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Thursday 21 March 2013

Featuring Guest Speakers from:

  • Whangarei Accessible Housing Trust
  • Auckland Council

This is an opportunity to share your experiences of Auckland’s housing issues and discuss possible solutions, with a focus on affordable and accessible housing options.

Together we can make a real change!

Please RSVP to Jacqui Carlson at Jacqui.Carlson@CCSDisabilityAction.org.nz or (09) 625 9378

This is an accessible venue but if you require specific support please contact CCS Disability Action by 15 March.

 facebook.com/accessyourwhare  for more information.

2012 Monitoring Report on the Rights of People with Disabilities in NZ Released

How NZ Treats People with Disabilities

In case anyone has missed this, here is a link to the full report launched last Wednesday 24 October.