A nationwide transformation of the existing disability support system is under way.
The aim of the transformed system is to ensure disabled people and their families have greater choice and control in their lives.
The disability sector has been calling for change for a long time. In 2011, a group from the sector presented a vision and principles called Enabling Good Lives to the government.
The vision is based on disabled people having greater choice and control. The principles of how disabled people would like to live their lives include self-determination, with the system investing early, being person-centred, being easy to use, supporting disabled people to live an everyday life like others at similar stages, able to access mainstream services, being mana enhancing, and building and strengthening relationships between disabled people, their whānau and community.
You can find out more about the principles on the Enabling Good Lives website.
Based on Enabling Good Lives’ vision and principles, a high-level design has been created which will form the basis of the transformed system.
A team, including disabled people, worked intensively for several months on the co-design.
There will be an information hub, capability funding for disabled people and whānau to build their skills, support to expand peer and whānau networks, and a new funding model.
The transformed system will be different to the demonstrations because the aim is to change the existing system rather than add another layer to it.
It will be implemented initially in MidCentral, from 1 October 2018, on a try, learn and refine approach, and then rolled out across the country.
Budget 2021 provides continued funding for three regional disability support service programmes, and will enable work on the overall System Transformation programme to continue. The three regions are Christchurch, Waikato and Mid-Central.
The additional funding is $72.7 million over four years, which will provide certainty and continuity of support for disabled people, and for the essential workforce in those regions. It will also enable work to continue towards a national implementation.
Monday 1 October sees the launch of the transformed disability support system, Mana Whaikaha, in MidCentral. The locations for the various Connector Hubs were confirmed and the members of the MidCentral Governance Group announced. Read more about the Mana Whaikaha launch.
Two directors for the new disability support system in MidCentral have taken up their roles. Lorna Sullivan and Marshall Te Tau are getting ready for the launch on 1 October, 2018.
The System Transformation team has also been focusing on with recruiting people for both teams within MidCentral, developing business processes and continuing work on Cabinet papers.
Check out the Enabling Good Lives website to find out more about what the team has been doing this month.
Disabled people and their whānau are encouraged to apply for new positions within the transformed disability support system.
More information about the Connector/Kaitūhono role and other vacancies in the MidCentral prototype can be found on the Enabling Good Lives website.
The System Transformation team is recruiting for the new teams in MidCentral, with the new disability support system launching there on 1 October.
Through June the team will be focussing on:
- Livestreaming question and answer sessions
- Terms of reference and selection process for the MidCentral governance group
- Further recruiting for the two teams
Disabled people and their whânau are encouraged to apply for roles within the new system. Once the ads are listed, you can find the links on the Enabling Good Lives website.
To access Sacha O’Dea’s May update, please go to the Enabling Good Lives website.
- 30 April: System Transformation’s Sacha O’Dea talks about disability support in the new system and why two teams are being set up: Monthly update - Enabling Good Lives website
- 26 April: A new disability support system will be trialled in MidCentral, with roll-out on 1 October 2018. Find out more.
Disabled people to meet with new Ministers about the transformation of the disability support system. Find out more.
New Ministers have been meeting System Transformation staff to gain an understanding about the progress in designing a new disability support system. Find out more.
The System Transformation team has had a busy year engaging stakeholders across the disability sector to design both the high level and detailed aspects of the new disability support system. Find out more.
Working groups developing the detailed design of the transformed disability support system have been holding regular workshops over the last month. Find out more.
Working groups have been formed to start creating the detailed design for the transformed disability support system. Find out more on the Enabling Good Lives website.
A group, which includes disabled people, representatives from families with disabled members and from disability service organisations, held a series of workshops to develop the high-level design for the transformed system.
The workshops have been an intense period of work for those involved. You can find out more about each workshop at the following links.
June 13 workshop
At the final workshop, disabled people reflected the co-design process allowed them to contribute in an equal way and they felt confident bringing their experience and views to the table.
June 7 workshop
The co-design group finalises a high-level design for creating a new disability support system and meets Minister Nicky Wagner.
May 30/31 workshop
The high level design of the new disability support system is tested, review and refined by the co-design group charged with creating it.
May 16/17 workshop
Mapping the ideal experience for disabled people and their families/whānau was a focus of the two day co-design workshop. The group look at what was needed to deliver that experience.
May 11 workshop
Key design challenges around funding, control and choice were discussed while a review of evidence highlighted what to do and what not to do for a new system at the fourth workshop.
May 4 workshop
Designing for the diversity of the disability community and the beginning of mapping what a new system could look like were the focus of the third workshop on transforming the disability support system.
April 26 workshop
The scope of transformation of the disability support system was explained and a working definition of the Mainstream Frist principle was agreed to at the second workshop.
April 11 workshop
The first workshop on designing the transformation of the disability support system has been held in Wellington. Those attending discussed how they would work together.