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DPA's Information Exchange - 12 December 2020

In this week's Info Exchange:

New DPA NEC members elected

Three new DPA National Executive Committee (NEC) members have been elected. Congratulations to Joanne Dacombe (re-elected), Erin Gough and Henrietta Bollinger!

The DPA NEC 2020/2021 are: Nathan Bond (President), Gerri Pomeroy (Immediate Past President), Kim Robinson, Helena Tuteao, Joanne Dacombe, Erin Gough, Henrietta Bollinger.

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Erin Gough

Erin has extensive disability advocacy experience; experience working in Government - in both policy and advocacy spaces; and legal expertise. 

A well-known and regarded member of the disability community locally and nationally, Erin has extensive local, national and international networks in disability spaces and human rights and policy spaces more broadly.

She brings an intersectional lens as someone who is young and queer.
Henrietta Bollinger

Henrietta comes from a new generation of disabled community advocates.

She is committed to ensuring DPA’s long history is honoured while bringing a new generation into the kaupapa and listening to their vision for an inclusive future.

She brings particular experience in improving the accessibility of education, arts and our democratic process.
Joanne Dacombe

Joanne is active in many disability organisations in a governance capacity including DPA, ASAN AU-NZ, ASK Trust, My Life My Voice, and Autism NZ. She is also active in the Kapiti Disability Advisory Group trying to improve accessibility at a local level.

Joanne tries to actively engage with members and is open to discussions with them on or off line.

Joanne is passionate about disability rights, universal design, and specifically autistic rights. She has directed much of her work in the area of education and health.   

DPA submission - Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission monitoring framework

This week DPA submitted on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission's (MHWC) development of a monitoring framework for mental health services and addiction services.

We were pleased to see that the MHWC was consulting on the development of the framework prior to its formal set up and recommended: 

  • that the MHWC has as a strategic priority to improve wellbeing outcomes for disabled people and to have disabled people on its Board and reference groups.   
  • that the monitoring and advocacy framework for mental health services and addiction services monitors the accessibility of such services and advocates for improvements in accessibility.
  • that the framework monitors the quality of service provided to disabled people by mental health and addiction services and advocates for specialist impairment specific services where necessary.

Read DPA's full submission to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission (Word Doc)


Telehealth survey

Have you had at a consultation with your GP, nurse practitioner or practice nurse by phone or video since March 23 (when the Covid-19 alert levels started)?

Researchers from University of Auckland and Massey University invite you to take part in a survey about how phone or video consultation worked for you and if you are likely to use the service again. The survey will inform future use of telehealth in general practice.

Take the online survey.

Visit the Facebook page for the research with additional information and the survey links.

Outward Bound Courses 2021


There are still spaces available next year for some of the adapted courses run by Outward Bound:

New course for younger teens

Outward Bound are now offering a new joint course for young disabled people (aged 13 - 16 years) and their parents / caregivers. The 8-day course aims to give the teens and their parents / caregivers the experience of working in partnership as part of a wider team.

The course includes outdoor and physical activities such as high ropes, camping and journeys at sea. Some nights will be spent staying in a bunkroom at the school in Anakiwa and others exploring the Marlborough Sounds.

The course runs from 14 – 21 April 2021 and is fully funded.

Download the Leaps and Bounds Activate course flyer (PDF)

Activate course for people 18 years +

There are still a few spaces left on the 8-day Activate course for disabled people aged 18+.

This course is designed to assist students to test their boundaries, break physical preconceptions and build confidence. Activities include rafting, sailing, high ropes, camping and more.

A range of funding opportunities available.

Download the Activate Course flyer (PDF)


Kiingitanga Ombudsman Internship opportunity

As a result of engagement with Kiingitanga, now the Office of the Ombudsman is now offering an internship for a tertiary student with a relevant area of study (such as Law, Health Sciences or Arts and are interested in disability/human rights) within the Disability Rights team.

The Disability Rights team is part of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism which monitors New Zealand’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The Disability Rights team also do a range of work including: providing guides for agencies, reports, participating in working groups relating to the disability sector, writing submissions on bills and policies which impact the lives of disabled New Zealanders and providing training and information to agencies.

For more information about the internship, visit the Office of the Ombudsman website.

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