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You are invited to take part in a survey to provide insight on the future options for Funded Family Care in New Zealand
Click here to take the survey.
The survey will take about 15–20 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 26 October 2018 at 6pm.

Funded Family Care is when family members can be paid to provide care for another family member. The Ministry of Health, DHBs and ACC each operate their own payment to family care policies.
This survey is concerned about the Funded Family Care and Paid Family Care operated by the Ministry of Health and DHBs. 
Since the introduction of Funded Family Care (also known as Paid Family Care) in New Zealand five years ago, there have been strong calls from many families and organisations for it to be changed. People feel that the current system is discriminatory.  The Government is working to resolve as many of these issues as possible. Some changes may be relatively quick while some may take longer. 

It is very important we hear your ideas on how to make things better under a Funded Family Care type arrangement.
We particularly want to hear from family, whānau or aiga carers that care for a family member with a disabling condition. But we also want to hear from people, who might support family carers or be a disabled person being cared for, as your views are equally as important.

Sapere Research Group is running the survey independently for the Ministry of Health. Your responses are voluntary and anonymous.

The survey is informed by many previous meetings and surveys about FFC. The information you provide will help the Ministry of Health advise the Ministers on improved ways of supporting family carers who might want, need or get Funded Family Care now and/or in the future

Hidden Harm: up to 40% of older Kiwis drink hazardously
New research by Massey University shows that between 35-40% of New Zealanders may drink hazardously. A research team from Massey University’s School of Health Sciences and the University of Auckland’s Centre for Addiction Research, funded by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA), explored the prevalence of hazardous drinking using data from more than 4,000 New Zealanders aged 50 years or older from the Massey University Health, Work and Retirement Longitudinal Study.....

Engagement for the New Zealand Carers' Strategy Action Plan 2019-2023
Do you support a friend or family member who needs help with everyday living because of a health condition, injury, frality or disability? if so, MSD want to hear about your experience, what works, what doesn't and what would assist you in this role to develop their new Carers' Strategy Action Plan. Take part in the online survey

Stroke self-management rehabilitation website
New tools for stroke prevention and recovery are now available. The visual format of this series of self-management video clips and DVDs on stroke care and rehabilitation make it much easier for stroke sufferers and their families to improve recovery post stroke. They show exactly how to manage everyday needs and provide practical demonstrations of exercises and other techniques to improve quality of life after a stroke.

Understanding Incontinence in New Zealand - Incontinence Survey
The New Zealand Carers Alliance of 48 not-for-profit organisations ( is working with the government to update the New Zealand Carers' Strategy Action Plan.  This action plan helps the government decide where to spend money to support carers.  During this work incontinence has been highlighted as a significant and somewhat hidden issue for people and their families. Living with incontinence also costs money and disposing of the products used is likely to be having a significant environmental impact.  
If you or someone in your family manages bowel or bladder incontinence at home, please click here to complete their survey!

The Health and Ageing Research Team from Massey University has released their latest report 'The New Zealand Health, Work & Retirement Longitudinal Study 2006-2016'. This report discusses the key findings from the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Longitudinal study: tracking the health and wellbeing of people aged 55+ in New Zealand. The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement (HWR) study began in 2006 as the first longitudinal study of ageing of its kind in New Zealand. Over 11,000 New Zealand residents have participated in the study.

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is encouraging older people to talk to their doctor about whether they could take fewer medicines. The CMC coordinates the Choosing Wisely campaign, which encourages patients to ask their health professional:

Grandparents' Experiences of WINZ
Recent research of the experience of Grandparents raising grandchildren in getting income support from work and income offices in New Zealand shows a complex set of systems of which grandparents were often extremely critical.....

Preventing Pressure Injuries
NZ Wound Care Society; Ministry of Health; Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand and ACC have recently produced a pamphlet adapted from originals developed by Counties Manukau Health and ADHB on preventing a pressure injuries.

Have you (or a friend or loved one) had a pressure injury or pressure ulcer? Do you (or a friend or loved one) work to prevent pressure injuries or pressure ulcers? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we invite you to participate in an international survey that will provide the “voice of the patient” for clinical guidelines on pressure injury/ulcer prevention and treatment

GP retirement 'wave' to peak over next five years, finds survey.
The ageing GP workforce trend may be slowing but more than a quarter of GPs are looking to retire in the next five yers accordinging to 2017 GP workfore survey.

The 2018 Age Concern North Shore Calendar of Activities is now available. Click here to view pdf

Free-phone service offers budgeting advice
0508 283 438 (0508 BUDGET)
The National Building Financial Capability (BFC) Trust's free phone line offers budgeting help to New Zealanders who are struggling with debt....

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