At its first meeting in 2004 there was a call for a Carers’ Strategy, and in April 2008 the Alliance achieved this goal when the then Labour government launched the first ever New Zealand Carers’ Strategy and Five Year Action Plan. The current Government updated the Carers’ Strategy and launched a new five year Action Plan for carers in March 2014. We are in discussions with the Government for a third Action Plan when the current one finishes next year.
The Carers Alliance works closely with government agencies to ensure family carers have a voice in public policy and delivery of Carers’ Strategy actions.
Sometimes progress for carers is slower than we’d like it to be. We would like a better fairer Carer Support Subsidy and respite services for carers of all ages, a fair payment system for carers, and a continence system that is transparent and fair for all New Zealanders. These are some of the goals the Carers Alliance is working toward, with your input and support.
NZ Carers Alliance participants
Age Concern NZ, Allergy NZ, Alzheimers NZ, ANZMES (Associated NZ ME Society), Anxiety NZ Trust, Aotearoa Maori Whanau Carers Network, Arthritis NZ, Autism NZ, BALANCE NZ, Blind Foundation, Cancer Society of NZ, Carers NZ, CCS Disability Action, Cerebral Palsy Society of NZ, Complex Care Group, Cystic Fibrosis Association of NZ, DHB Mental Health Family Advisors, Diabetes NZ, Epilepsy NZ, Federation of Disability Information Centres, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, HeartKids New Zealand, Hospice NZ, IHC, Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation (iNRF), Kidney Kids, Lysosomal Diseases NZ, MND New Zealand, MS Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ, Neurological Alliance, NZ Continence Association, NZ Down Syndrome Association, NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders, NZ Spinal Trust, Parent to Parent, Parents of Vision Impaired NZ Inc, Parkinsons NZ, Rescare NZ, Retina NZ Inc, SAMS, Supporting Families in Mental Illness NZ, Stroke Foundation, The Angelman Network, TOA Pacific, and Young Carers NZ.
NZ Carers Alliance Guiding Principles
National non-government organisations who are participants in the New Zealand Carers Alliance have developed, and are committed to, these Guiding Principles.
Please phone the National Carer Resource Centre, 0800 777 797, or email firstname.lastname@example.org