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3DHB Disability Responsiveness

Our role

Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs provide the planning and funding functions of disability support services for people aged 65 years and older, who generally experience disabilities due to the increasing complexity of their health needs. Younger people with disabilities who are more likely to have the same health needs as the rest of the population - but may require greater linkages across sectors such as housing, education, transport and vocational support - have disability support services funded by the Ministry of Health.

Disability Support Services in the sub-region

Sub-regional Disability Forums

Sub-regional Disability Implementation Plan 2013-2018

The 3DHBs announce a Significant plan to improve disability planning policy and services within health across all parts of our health system.
This has been developed in consultaiton with a range of different communities across the five localiites and has involved a collaboration of disabled people, Board members, clincial staff and community providers.

Sub-regional Disability Advisory Group

A combined 3DHB disability advisory group has been established to ensure people with disabilities have a forum to enable their voices to be heard across the Wairarapa, Capital & Coast, and Hutt Valley District Health Boards (DHB).

Disability Action Group

The Disability Action Group was set up in 2011 to improve the way the way the whole organisation works with people who have long term health conditions and other kinds of impairments.

Disability Responsiveness Champions/Facilitators

More than 30 staff, who represent departments across the 3DHBs, have committed to working with the Sub-regional Disability Advisory Group (SRDAG) established in November 2013 as ‘champions’. These champions will ensure people with disabilities or impairments can successfully use the health services provided by each DHB – which can often be difficult for people with complex needs and/or those who have found it difficult in the past.

Disabled children: voluntary out-of-home placement review

Disability Support Needs Form + Disability Alert

Is there anything you want health staff to know about you, to help keep you safe and improve your experience as a patient?
Entering your support needs in a disability alert will help staff know what support you need, and means you won’t need to tell us what you need every time you see us. We now have a simple form to help you do this.

Accessibility Audits

New and ongoing projects


Health Passport

Are you tired of being asked the same health and disability questions by medical staff? If you have disabilities and/or communication issues, completing and carrying your own personal Health Passport with you will provide medical staff with the information they need to support you.

You can read more and download your own Health Passport here




Disability Support Links

Disability access to GP offices

Contact Us

This page is always under review and open to consultation. Please send comments and your stories to:

Pauline Boyles, Senior Disability Advisor
Disability Responsiveness
Service Integration and Development Unit
Phone: (04) 806 2436
Fax: (04) 385 5430
Email: Pauline.Boyles@sidu.org.nz

Bryony Murray, Programme and Performance Co-ordinator
Disability Responsiveness
Service Integration and Development Unit
Phone: (04) 806 2434
Email: Bryony.Murray@ccdhb.org.nz

Archived Strategies

  • Promoting Participation - Kotahi Tatou: The New Zealand Disability Strategy
    Promoting Participation – Kotahi Tatou was the framework for implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy for the Capital and Coast District Health Board 2006-2010. Information and Guide for Implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy is designed to guide people involved in the delivery, management, and governance of health and disability services in Capital & Coast District Health Board to implement the principles of the New Zealand Disability Strategy.