Funded Family Care stakeholder engagement report released

Carers NZ welcomes the Government’s release of a paper outlining issues and possible solutions about paid family care policy. Undertaken by Sapere, research for the paper included an online survey which had more than 900 responses.

Actions noted by the Government include the need to re-evaluate the scheme for funding disabled adults to pay their family carers, the suitability of defining the disabled person as the employer, and the complexity of the overall system. It also questions why partners aren’t able to be paid as carers.

We at Carers NZ agree that these are pressing issues. Now it’s time to take action!

Media Release

Funded Family Care stakeholder engagement report released

18 December 2018

The Ministry of Health has published a report as a result of targeted engagement on the Government’s intention to change Funded Family Care.

On 27 September 2018, the Government announced plans to change the Funded Family Care policy, including its intention to repeal Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (the Act).

Targeted stakeholder engagement has been carried out with affected families, care organisations and other stakeholders, coordinated by independent facilitator Jo Esplin from Sapere Research Group.

The report Targeted engagement on Funded Family Care and Paid Family Care  includes results from the online survey.

In summary, there was strong support to:
·        repeal Part 4A
·        enable payment of spouses and partners of people eligible for Funded Family Care
·        for family carers to receive equivalent pay to other care and support workers
·        support for a simple process, with more choice and flexibility.

“Over 900 affected families and care organisations made their views known in meetings and an online survey,” says Mathew Parr, the Ministry of Health’s Acting Deputy Director-General, Disability.

“Hearing the direct thoughts of the people who are affected by Funded Family Care was incredibly important, and underpins our commitment to work with those affected by the legacy of Funded Family Care and ensure any replacement works as well as possible for them.”

“We know there is a huge amount of investment in this issue, and this stage was about hearing from the people directly. This engagement has been invaluable, and I thank everyone who gave feedback,” says Mr Parr.

“It is now on the Ministry to ensure any advice we give to Government is an accurate representation of this feedback, and honours the experiences of those people.”

“Many challenging issues have been raised and need to be properly considered,” says Mr Parr.


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