2015 AGM of Dunedin Council of Social Services

Dunedin Council of Social Services are hosting our 35th Annual General Meeting on 8 September 2015 at noon. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Dr Denise Powell, Spokesperson for Acclaim Otago is our guest speaker.

The agenda will Include the adoption of a new Constitution – Found here.

Nomination for the Board of DCOSS are welcome and must be received by 4 September 2015 on the Nomination Form.

For catering purposes please RSVP to alan@connectsouth.org.nz or phone 03 471 6177 by 4 September 2015

 

 

Meet the GM of Hui E! on Monday with COSSD

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is a new national entity that aims to connect, support and promote the whole community sector.

General Manager Peter Glensor of Hui E! is visiting us at Dunedin Community House at Noon on Monday to discuss:

  • What’s happening in Dunedin that we need to know about nationally
  • Who Hui E! is and the issues we’re working on
    • Contracting and funding
    • Productivity Commission responses
    • Charity Services dialogue
    • National umbrellas meeting
    • A sector voice
  • How you can be involved

Come along and join the conversation!

Consultations Unpacked: More Effective Social Services

DCOSS and Commuity Law Otago invite you to our next Consultations Unpacked event around the Productivity Commission’s More Effective Social Services draft report.

12:15 – 13:45 Friday 5 June 2015 at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place

The Productivity Commission has been tasked with looking at current arrangements in Government funded social services, housing, crime reduction and more. They’ve issued a draft report for comment and this is your opportunity to join DCOSS, Otago Law Centre  and Law for Change to discuss what’s been raised and what we have to say about it.
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Following the meeting we’ll write up a submission based on what was discussed and organisations and individuals will be able to add their names to this if they wish. This is a big issue and we hope that this will be an effective way to have a say.
Different groups will see the issues differently and we hope to accurately represent smaller Otago organisations’ views.
Also available on the Commisison’s website are case studies on Employment services, Whänau Ora, Services for people with disabilities, Home-based support of older  a report on The economics of social services and Handing back the social commons, a report by James Mansell, an intereting read on information sharing to deliver better outcomes.
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New rules for COSSD

COSSD adopted new rules at a Special General Meeting on 10 June 2014. We’ve now submitted our new rules to the Charity Commission for approval.

The new rules better reflect COSSD’s role supporting community lead organisations undertaking all sorts work, not just social services.

You can read the new constitution online or download it.

Consultations Unpacked: Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board (MAB) Process an exploration of how the Work and Income medical criteria decision review process is working

Council of Social Services Dunedin (COSSD), Dunedin Community Law Centre (DCLC) & Community Law Canterbury Community Forum (CLC) are hosting a  Community Forum on Friday 6 June 2014 12 – 1.30pm at Dunedin Community House.

The subject is Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board (MAB) Process an exploration of how the Work and Income medical criteria decision review process is working.

Everyone is welcome – we want to hear your experiences so that we can look at ways of supporting beneficiaries who are taking medical appeals.

You can find out some information on the current situation by reading our Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board Process Background Paper as a PDF or Web page. Or add to your calendar.

Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board (MAB) Process an exploration of how the Work and Income medical criteria decision review process is working

Consultations Unpacked Background Paper.

Friday 6 June 2014 12-1.30pm
Dunedin Community House

 a Dunedin Council of Social Services, Dunedin Community Law Centre &
Community Law Canterbury Community Forum

 

The MAB is the place to go to appeal a Work and Income decision made on medical criteria (such as eligibility for Supported Living Payment, Jobseeker Support and the Child Disability Allowance). The board is independent of Work and Income. The MAB has the power to change decisions made by Work and Income. It can either agree with the decision, or change the decision. There is no right of appeal against a decision of a Medical Appeal Board. This means it is very important that a case going to the MAB is well prepared, there is strong medical evidence to back up your case and if you need it, you have someone to support or represent you at the hearing.

The MAB is a decision making panel made up of three people. MAB members are appointed by MSD’s Chief Executive and are paid by MSD for their time taking part in hearings. MABs consist of three members* who are:

  • Doctors
  • People with expertise in rehabilitation, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and psychologists.
  • Other people with the right expertise.

* The board members at your hearing must not have had any involvement in your case or treated you as a patient.

Concern has been expressed locally at the length of time it can take for an appeal to go through, and the composition of the board. While it is recognised that board membership does require people with the right expertise, some clients have indicated that the expertise is limited to specific areas of medicine and their case may fall outside of this area, other clients have expressed concern the board is not gender and culturally diverse.

The forum is interested in hearing local stories and experiences with the Medical Appeals Board so that we can look at ways of supporting beneficiaries who are taking medical appeals.

 Sources and links for further Information

 Work & Income New Zealand

 About medical appeals:

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/community/health-and-disability-practitioners/about- medical-appeals.html

About the medical appeal board hearings:

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/individuals/brochures/a-guide-to-medical-appeals-board- hearings.html

COSSD's new constitution: your comments wanted

The executive committee of Council of Social Services Dunedin thinks we need a new constitution to better fit the organisation we have become and want to to be.

We want your comments on the proposed constitution.

You can download it as a PDF below, pick up a copy from our offices in Dunedin Community House or call Alan or Rob on 03 471 6177 or email admin@councilofsocialservices.org.nz and we’ll post you one.

Comments have to be with us by 9am Monday 12 May 2014.

Comments can be emailed to admin@councilofsocialservices.org.nz or delivered to COSSD, Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin 9012 or just post them in the form below.

 COSSD Rules for comment April 2014 Please leave your comments below[contact-form-7 id=”217853″ title=”Comments box”]

Consultations Unpacked: Caring for the Carers an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives

Council of Social Services Dunedin (COSSD) & Dunedin Community Law Centre (DCLC) are hosting a  Community Forum on Friday 2 May 2014 12 – 1.30pm at Dunedin Community House.

The subject is Caring for the Carers: an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives.

Everyone is welcome – we want to hear your experiences and relay them to the Government.

You can find out some information on the current situation by reading our Caring for the Carers Background Paper as a PDF or Web page. Or add to your calendar.

 



Caring for the Carers: an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives

Consultations Unpacked Background Paper

Caring for the Carers

an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives

a Dunedin Council of Social Services (DCOSS) &
Dunedin Community Law Centre (DCLC) Community Forum

Friday 2 May 2014 12 – 1.30pm
Dunedin Community House

In October 2013 the government released a Budget package that would enable some family carers to receive payment for looking after family members. The package was formulated in response to a Court of Appeal decision that a policy of not paying family carers to provide support services to family members living with disabilities constituted discrimination, on the basis of family status. The 2013 Budget provides $23 million a year to pay carers who look after a disabled family members aged 18 years or older who are assessed as having high, or very high needs. Funding enables payment at the minimum wage.

Eligible people can employ a family carer to provide personal care and household management, or continue to use a commercial provider.

The decision was hailed as a step in the right direction, but was not without criticism:

  • Concern has been expressed at the high & very high needs eligibility criteria.
  • There is disappointment that spouses and partners of disabled people are excluded from the scheme.

  • The new legislation (NZ Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2013) states that people can no longer bring unlawful discrimination complaints about the new law or family care policy to the Human Rights Commission.
  • Some family members leave good paying jobs and take a cut in pay to care for a family member at the minimum wage rate.

Other concerns which have been informally raised include issues around professional development opportunities, support for family carers and the vulnerability of carers in terms of employment rights.

The forum is interested in hearing local stories about how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives.

What is working? What is not working?

Sources and links for further information

Ministry of Social Development: The New Zealand Carers’ Strategy Action Plan for 2014 to 2018

www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/policy-development/carers-strategy/

New Zealand Herald: Editorial

www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10884930

NZ Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2013

www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2013/0022/latest/whole.html

Download this page as a PDF.

Add to your calendar.

Consultations Unpacked: The Legal Framework for Burial and Cremation in NZ

Council of Social Services Dunedin & Dunedin Community Law Centre invite you to a community forum to discuss the Law Commission Issues Paper: The Legal Framework for Burial and Cremation in New Zealand and assist with formulating a submission due by 20th December.

This is the first substantial review of New Zealand’s burial and cremation laws, and the terms of reference are deliberately broad. As a result of this forum we will put together a submission which addresses local issues on burial and cremation – and we are very keen to hear your stories and views on burial and cremation in NZ.

The forum is from [new date] 12 – 1:30 Thursday 5 December 2013 at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016

The new date is to allow for the Law Commission meeting on the subject on Thursday 28 November from 1.00pm –3.00pm at Otago Museum, Kakapo Room, 419 Great King Street, North Dunedin.

We’ve prepared a discussion paper you can download as a PDF including a list of questions the Review is looking to address:

Burial and Cremation in NZ

You can easily add the forum to your calendar here: Calendar entry