Transforming Respite: Disability Support Services Respite Strategy 2017 to 2022

The Ministry of Health’s disability respite strategy, Transforming Respite, will make it easier for carers of disabled people to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Published online: 
19 July 2017
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Transforming respite sets the future direction for improving disability respite support. Changes to the respite model will include:

  • offering disabled people and their families/whānau a flexible respite budget that they can use to take breaks in the ways that suit them best
  • increasing the range of quality respite options available – this includes the development of new and expanded respite services
  • recognising the value of respite and taking a lifelong approach to allocation and funding
  • making the administration and payment methods easier
  • providing better access to information about respite and support to find and use the respite options available.

The strategy responds directly to what disabled people and their families/whānau told us about their aspirations for the future.

To discuss any aspect of the strategy, please email us at [email protected].

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    19 July 2017
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-850273-1 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2017. Transforming Respite: Disability Support Services Respite Strategy 2017 to 2022. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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