The Ministry of Health and Standards New Zealand are working together with the sector to review standards related to health and disability services.
Following consultation with the health and disability sector in 2017 and the passing of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, the decision was made to develop one new Standard. This amalgamation has significantly reduced duplication across the standards. The revised Standard reflects the shift towards more person- and whānau-centred health and disability services. People are empowered to make decisions about their own care and support in order to achieve their goals, with a stronger focus on outcomes for people receiving support.
The revised standard also changes the framework to separate high-level overarching criteria within DZ 8134:2021 that apply to all services from the Sector Solutions (service-specific guidance on how the criteria may be met across the various health and disability service settings).
Public Consultation on the draft Health and Disability Services Standards DZ 8134 is now open on the Standards New Zealand website. You can submit your comments through the Standards New Zealand portal - New Zealand Draft Standards.
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