Disability Sector Strategic Reference Group

This group, which includes representatives of disabled people, providers, carers and the Ministry, provides an inclusive forum where key stakeholders can discuss strategic disability issues and identify opportunities for improvement, with the aim of informing the Ministry’s strategic direction for, and purchasing of, disability support services.

It meets 6-monthly and a summary of the latest meeting will be made available below.


Disability Sector Strategic Reference Group Members

People with disabilities

  • 1 representative of the Disability Consumer Consortium
  • 1 representative of the Faiva Ora, the Pasifika Leadership Group
  • 1 representative of Te Ao Marama, the Māori Disability Leadership Group
  • 1 representative of Disabled Persons’ Assembly
  • 1 representative of People First, with a Learning Disability

Service providers

  • 1 representative of NASCA (Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Association)
  • 1 representative of a māori provider
  • 1 representative of NZ Disability Support Network
  • 1 representative of Home and Community Health Association


  • 1 representative of Carers’ NZ

Ministry of Health

  • 1 representative of Disability Policy Team
  • Group Manager Disability Support Services
  • Manager Strategy and Contracts, Disability Support Services

For more information on the Disability Sector Strategic Reference Group, contact Barbara Crawford, Manager Strategy and Contracts at Barbara_Crawford@moh.govt.nz.

December 2016 meeting of the Disability Sector Strategic Reference Group

The group met on 9 December 2016 and the following topics were covered:

  • Brief updates by the Group Manager Disability Support Services Toni Atkinson on projects and strategies that DSS are currently working on, including Faiva Ora – National Pasifika Disability Plan, Behaviour Support Services, Disability Information Advisory Service (DIAS) and Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC).
  • DSS Purchasing Guidelines.
  • DSS Service Strategies: Community Rehabilitation, Residential, Supported living, Respite and Child development. 
  • Feedback received from five hui on the refresh of Whâia Te Ao Mârama. 
  • Update on the New Zealand Disability Strategy from Megan Megan McCoy, Office of Disability Issues.
  • Report on feedback from people with disabilities living in Ministry-funded community residential services by Malatest International. 

The Group will meet again in May 2017.


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