The client information pamphlet provides the disabled person and their family/whānau with the following information.
- Equipment and Modification Services – The Ministry of Health is responsible for the funding of support services for disabled people. Equipment and modification (housing and vehicle) services are part of this support and may be available to people of all ages who have long-term physical, intellectual, sensory or aged related disabilities and who meet set access criteria.
- Prioritising services – The key reason for prioritisation is that demand exceeds available budget and that effective, transparent, equitable and sustainable means of prioritising need and allocating resources is required. A web-based Prioritisation Tool has been developed that will determine which disabled people will get funding for equipment and modifications. It will provide national consistency for funding based on the person’s need and their ability to benefit from the proposed equipment or modifications.
- Outlines the process to follow when a person, or their family/whānau, chooses to see if Ministry funding is available for their equipment or modifications.
The EMS Assessors (mainly occupational therapists and physiotherapists) will hold stock of the printed client information pamphlets and give the person a copy when they undertake an assessment of the person’s needs if it is likely that equipment or modifications to their home or vehicle will be recommended to meet their disability-related needs.
The client information brochure is also available in different languages and accessible formats, including:
- Cook Island Māori
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
- New Zealand Sign Language
- large print
- audio tape.