Help Shape The Waiariki Disability Action Plan


There is less than a week left to share any thoughts and
ideas on how people with disabilities can live their best
life. Before the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health
Boards (DHBs) prepare their regionwide disability action
plan, they want to hear from the people that it involves
first. Everyone who has a disability, cares for some with a
disability or works in the sector can contribute to the plan
by completing a survey on www.momenta.org/actionplan.
The survey closes on Wednesday 1 December.

Peter
Chandler, CEO of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board,
says: “The survey has been given the fitting name
Whakarongo pīkari, meaning ‘listening attentively’ and
that is exactly what we will be doing. There is no point in
us developing a plan if we don’t know what the disability
community needs. Their input is essential and will not only
determine the actions, but also the priorities in the action
plan.”

Together with Momenta – who have a long
history in the Bay of Plenty working and advocating in the
disability sector – and a group of representatives from
the disability community, the DHBs have set up a survey
covering topics such as health, access and employment. The
input from the survey will lead to practical actions to be
included in the Waiariki Disability Action Plan, which will
be completed by February 2022. These actions will address:
removing barriers, providing greater access and improving
the health outcomes for all people with disabilities in the
Waiariki region, while ensuring equity to health services
for everyone with disabilities.

Have your
say

To have your say on the Waiariki Disability
Action Plan visit www.momenta.org.nz/actionplan
by Wednesday the 1st December. Apart from the standard
version, the survey is also available in te reo Māori, as
an easy read document and in New Zealand Sign Language. To
fill out a printed version or braille, please contact
Momenta at [email protected]
or download at www.momenta.org.nz/actionplan.
Follow Momenta on Facebook for updates regarding the plan:
/WaiarikiDisabilityActionPlan.

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