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Privacy statement
Published: 04/06/2014



Disability is the collective term for the percentage of our population who identify as having an impairment, which includes the significant number of elderly in our population who because of an age related frailty, are no longer able to function independently or without  support. ADHB subscribes to the social model of disability, which identifies systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society (purposely or inadvertently) that mean society is the main contributory factor in disabling people.

ADHB operates a statutory advisory committee in conjunction with the Waitemata DHB, which is concerned with:

  • Ensuring that we are responsive to the needs of residents within our population who are living with a disability

  • Subscribing to a vision which is inclusive, accommodating and reflects the needs of all residents within our population

  • Providing oversight to the development and implementation to a new Rehabilitation Strategy for our collective DHB areas

  • Ensuring that we follow best practice in all issues relating to our built environments and infrastructure, particularly when new capital projects are undertaken

  • Advocating for clients that have experienced barriers in accessing service within either of the DHB boundaries

  • Achieving common board priorities

  • Advancing the concerns of frail elderly

  • Collectively supporting local, regional and national initiatives that promote our common goals, such as Be. Accessible

  • Promoting equity of access through involvement in activities around prioritisation, including principles and framework

  • Promoting the interests of Maori and ensuring that Disability features strongly in DHB  Maori health plan/s

  • Promoting Community / patient views and preferences

  • Improving collaboration between the two DHBs

  • Improving the use of resources across boundaries and reducing bureaucracy.

Although confounded by the fact that ADHB does not currently have the funding for people aged under-65 with a disability (persons deemed to have a support need lasting for longer than 6 months), there is a strong advocacy role required by the DHB for this key population group. Further, the significant percentage of persons with a disability who are impaired or frail elderly makes this a key strategic priority group for future development.

ADHB recently worked with the Auckland City Council and AUT University to complete a significant piece of inter-agency policy work entitled “Step Up Auckland’, which was launched to significant interest and is now being used as a call to action across each of the agencies.  ‘Civic Engagement’ is the theme for current year and we are embarking upon several key initiatives both collectively and individually to improve the ability of our disability community to participate in the work of the DHB and the council. This report is available by clicking here.

ADHB also recently commissioned a comprehensive review of Accessibility to its services, and of our responsiveness to people with impairment both from a physical and cultural perspective. A full copy of the report is available here. 

The Auckland DHB has a Paid Family Carer policy in place that is consistent with the region’s district health boards. To view Paid Family Carer policy


Kate Sladden, Planning and Funding Manager Health of Older People, Disability & Palliative Care 630 9943 x 26714 KateS@ADHB.GOVT.NZ