22 Jun 2012

Health Ministry names advisors on paying family carers

5:07 am on 22 June 2012

The Ministry of Health has named the 10 people it has asked to help rewrite the policy on payment for family caregivers.

The list confirms that none of the parent plaintiffs in the long-running legal row are included.

The ministry says it set up its new technical advisory group this month, after deciding to abandon its policy of refusing to pay family carers of disabled offspring.

Parent plaintiffs and others criticised the ministry on Tuesday for failing to consult or include them in the group, and for being secretive and keeping them in the dark over its membership.

Membership of group

Angus Capie; independent advisor to Social Services Select Committee Inquiry into quality of care and services provision for people with disabilities.

Laurie Hilsgen; co-founder and CEO of Carers New Zealand, involved with Carers Alliance Board.

Tania Kingi; works with Te Roopu Waiora Trust.

Allison Franklin; former vice-president of the disabled persons assembly and member of the Health Ministry's DSS consumer consortium.

David Darling; manager in disability services, member of the ministry's New Model National Reference Group.

Bronwen Foxx; former president of Federation of Disability Information Centres, general manager of the Eastern Bay of Plenty disabilities resource centre, member of the New Model National Reference Group.

Shelley Payne; family carer, IHC board member, chair of Arohanui art and education trust, disability day service provider.

Beverley Grammer; national president of the Disabled Persons Assembly.

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams; director and founder of What Ever It Takes -- U ki Te Whanau Ora.

Pati Umaga; disability advocate among Pacific people.