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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:43 PM

As you will be aware Acclaim Otago is sending two representatives to Geneva in September to be present when the NZ Government has to respond to the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disability's list of issues.

This includes one of the issues we raised in our interim shadow report.

It is an expensive process as you will appreciate so we are raising funds to make this trip a possibility. Even $1 counts on this site and we receive every $ that is donated. If you are able to help we thank you!!

http://www.givealitt...cause/UNProject
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:04 PM

:wub: Hi everyone ...



Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ha of course I will be putting something towards this well deserved effort.



:D Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm might even ask ACC if I can run a sausage sizzle in front of their office ...



What a fantastic TEAM Acclaim Otago is ...

When the going gets tough, The tough get going !!!!!!


Have a great day

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:11 PM

View PostHuggy, on 25 April 2014 - 12:43 PM, said:

As you will be aware Acclaim Otago is sending two representatives to Geneva in September to be present when the NZ Government has to respond to the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disability's list of issues.

This includes one of the issues we raised in our interim shadow report.

It is an expensive process as you will appreciate so we are raising funds to make this trip a possibility. Even $1 counts on this site and we receive every $ that is donated. If you are able to help we thank you!!

http://www.givealitt...cause/UNProject


I gather you will be fundraising until you go, so will send you something when I am a bit more flush. Been running on overdraft the past six weeks. Will be out of it before you go I hope.

Cheers
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 08:15 PM

Thanks Huggy :) and HUGE thanks to those who have donated already! We can do this and you will all be able to watch LIVE on the web in September. Even if all you do is pass our message along to those who are more able to give - we thank you.

The link to forward is

http://www.givealitt...cause/UNProject
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Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:12 PM

Here is a email that you can copy and paste to send to people you want to tell about this - please feel free to broadcast far and wide.

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As you may know, Acclaim Otago developed a shadow report for the United Nations outlining the issues people disabled by injury face. They believed that the NZ Government needed to be asked questions about these issues in light of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. The UN identified the issue "Access to Justice" and has asked the NZ Government to respond to the following question

Access to justice (art. 13)

1. Please explain whether New Zealand law provides access to justice for persons with disabilities engaged in the statutory dispute resolution process with regard to adequate funding, procedural fairness and reliable evidentiary procedures under New Zealand’s Accident Compensation scheme.

Acclaim Otago is raising extra funds required to send two representatives to Geneva to attend the UN 12th session of the CRPD in September when the NZ government will respond to the list of issues identified by the UN. The shadow report can be found by clicking this link

http://www.acclaimot...eport_to_UN.pdf

and should you wish to contribute in even the smallest way (minimum is $1) they are using the Telecom Foundation site “Give a Little” . The great thing about this site is that they receive every single dollar donated and you get an immediate receipt. If you believe this to be a good cause they would love it if you could ‘spread the word’ either through your own networks or media contacts.

https://www.givealit...cause/UNProject

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:17 AM

View PostAcclaim Otago, on 27 April 2014 - 05:12 PM, said:

Here is a email that you can copy and paste to send to people you want to tell about this - please feel free to broadcast far and wide.

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As you may know, Acclaim Otago developed a shadow report for the United Nations outlining the issues people disabled by injury face. They believed that the NZ Government needed to be asked questions about these issues in light of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. The UN identified the issue "Access to Justice" and has asked the NZ Government to respond to the following question

Access to justice (art. 13)

1. Please explain whether New Zealand law provides access to justice for persons with disabilities engaged in the statutory dispute resolution process with regard to adequate funding, procedural fairness and reliable evidentiary procedures under New Zealand’s Accident Compensation scheme.

Acclaim Otago is raising extra funds required to send two representatives to Geneva to attend the UN 12th session of the CRPD in September when the NZ government will respond to the list of issues identified by the UN. The shadow report can be found by clicking this link

http://www.acclaimot...eport_to_UN.pdf

and should you wish to contribute in even the smallest way (minimum is $1) they are using the Telecom Foundation site “Give a Little” . The great thing about this site is that they receive every single dollar donated and you get an immediate receipt. If you believe this to be a good cause they would love it if you could ‘spread the word’ either through your own networks or media contacts.

https://www.givealit...cause/UNProject

Apologies for any cross posting. Acclaim Otago thanks you


Can you give us a little more information, as to how much you require and and a borometor to show how much closer we are to achieiving that goal. I personally think you will find this a effective tool and incentive to reach the goal before Sept. I am thinking that maybe each could afford to put $5 each pay or something like that before September and watch the money tree bloom to frutition!!

Just an idea.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:38 AM

Hi Mini,

We have a figure at the moment of about $7,000 based on the airfares already purchased, but not including accommodation or any expenses while in Geneva.

The target we have set on the Give a Little site is $5000. There is a running total on that page which currently shows $600 so far.

Obviously we will continue to fundraise until we go but the expense of airfares have already been paid out so the earlier we can reach our target the better really.

https://www.givealit...cause/UNProject
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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

View PostAcclaim Otago, on 28 April 2014 - 09:38 AM, said:

Hi Mini,

We have a figure at the moment of about $7,000 based on the airfares already purchased, but not including accommodation or any expenses while in Geneva.

The target we have set on the Give a Little site is $5000. There is a running total on that page which currently shows $600 so far.


Thanks for the reply. Can we have a draft of your presentation or a tape maybe, of what is being bought up over there. After it has happened of Course.

I am putting my thoughts on paper and have a meeting this week with AGO people, so get my chance to have my say about Justice in this fair land for Claimants of ACC.

It goes places I have never been before, as I am not usually one to question a judge. However, if they are wrong they are wrong. In a big part because of the documentation put in BOD by ACC. What a mess.

I intend to make a big 'splash' with it as I know other ACC lawyer using the case and its decision to assist them depriving another claimant. Very unfair, and so so wrong!! That is not Justice.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:19 PM

Mini,
We will of course be collecting more data for the UN and this will be presented to them in late June. Acclaim Otago has always made our reports and presentations available publicly and we suggest you either follow our webpage or facebook page to keep up to date. You can of course find the shadow report there as well as the links to the list of issues etc. The UN sessions are broadcast live on the internet when they take place so of course you will be able to watch that as well.
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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

View PostAcclaim Otago, on 28 April 2014 - 12:19 PM, said:

Mini,
We will of course be collecting more data for the UN and this will be presented to them in late June. Acclaim Otago has always made our reports and presentations available publicly and we suggest you either follow our webpage or facebook page to keep up to date. You can of course find the shadow report there as well as the links to the list of issues etc. The UN sessions are broadcast live on the internet when they take place so of course you will be able to watch that as well.


I suppose the time on the internet well be the middle of the night, our time. Oh will I turn mine off at five or six and that is that for me. So I will be looking at your websight for feed back etc.

I am so used to tuning into this one for what I need to know that it has become second nature and its like I run out of daylight, time to turn off after doing the other legal stuff etc. No time to get bored!!

All the best wishes go with those in Sept. Maybe we would have got some feedback from govt by then. Not that they will give a rats, its voting year this year!!! Flip a coin time!!

Thanks heaps

Mini
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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:15 PM

The government has to respond to the list of issues identified by the UN as part of the lead up to September. We will continue to keep the information updated on our website and facebook page as it comes to light over the next few months.
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:32 AM

THANK you.

View PostAcclaim Otago, on 29 April 2014 - 08:15 PM, said:

The government has to respond to the list of issues identified by the UN as part of the lead up to September. We will continue to keep the information updated on our website and facebook page as it comes to light over the next few months.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 12:48 AM

We can all look forward to this. TYVM

View PostAcclaim Otago, on 28 April 2014 - 12:19 PM, said:

Mini,
We will of course be collecting more data for the UN and this will be presented to them in late June. Acclaim Otago has always made our reports and presentations available publicly and we suggest you either follow our webpage or facebook page to keep up to date. You can of course find the shadow report there as well as the links to the list of issues etc. The UN sessions are broadcast live on the internet when they take place so of course you will be able to watch that as well.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:11 AM

Just a little update to let you know what is going on behind the scenes. We are currently working on an online survey which will capture people's experiences on the "Access to Justice" issue that Acclaim Otago is taking to the UN in September. Our plan is that this survey will be available online from the 26th May for 2 weeks. We will then analyse the data and include that in our shadow report to the UN.

We will of course send a link out for the survey so you can have your voice heard in Geneva so please send us an email acclaimotago@gmail.com if you wish to go on the mailing list. We would also really appreciate you circulating the link to your networks once it is available, so we can reach as many people as possible in a very short timeframe.

In the meantime our fundraising is ticking along - Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed, we have raised $875 via Give a Little so far. Our goal is $5000 which will help defray expenses of the flights and accommodation while in Geneva,

http://www.givealitt...cause/UNProject
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 02:24 PM

Survey is now online for 2 weeks only

https://www.surveymo...sticenewzealand

Please circulate far and wide to help get injured NZers voices heard at the United Nations

Do injured Kiwis get access to justice?” asks Acclaim Otago
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 10:45 am
Press Release: Acclaim Otago

28th May 2014

“Do injured Kiwis get access to justice?” asks Acclaim Otago

Acclaim Otago Inc has prepared an online survey for injured New Zealanders. The survey aims to capture the extent to which ACC claimants get access to justice and the protection of the law.

“The UN has asked about access to justice for injured New Zealanders. The Government will respond to the UN based on what the Government knows – but to accurately answer this question, the Government needs to hear from injured kiwis. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard. The survey will directly inform our report to the United Nations.” says Warren Forster, the lead author of Acclaim Otago’s report.

The United Nations will be examining the New Zealand Government about whether its laws and policies comply with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in September this year. A key right under the convention is the right to access to justice. Every ACC decision on a claim entitles the claimant to a right to review that decision. The Committee of experts responsible for administering the Convention met in Geneva in April 2014. In response to Acclaim Otago’s interim report, they asked:

“Please explain whether New Zealand law provides access to justice for persons with disabilities engaged in the statutory dispute resolution process with regard to adequate funding, procedural fairness and reliable evidentiary procedures under New Zealand’s Accident Compensation scheme.”

Denise Powell, spokesperson for Acclaim Otago says “Many people tell us about the experiences they have when they challenge ACC decisions. It’s important to remember that every New Zealander has the potential to be an ACC claimant, and in fact there would be very few New Zealanders who have never made a claim for ACC entitlements. This survey offers a meaningful way for people to tell their stories so we can present a comprehensive shadow report on behalf of all New Zealander4es” Dr Powell concludes.

“Effective access to the dispute resolution process under the ACC legislation is an essential part of checking that ACC is getting it right. It’s also a fundamental measure for ACC to check that it’s making decisions properly”. Mr Forster says. “A judge was recently able to say that even a casual glance at the ACC 167 form indicated it went well beyond ACC’s legal authority. Perhaps that decision would have come sooner if ACC claimants had better access to justice.”

The NZ Law Foundation provided a grant to assist with costs of this shadow report and Acclaim Otago is now fundraising through the online donation portal Give-A-Little www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/UNProject to gain the extra funds needed to send representatives to Geneva for the September session.

The survey will be online for a two week period, from 28 May to 13 June 2014.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/accesstojusticenewzealand

Acclaim encourage all New Zealanders to have their say via the survey, “This is a terrific opportunity to have your voices heard” concludes Dr Powell.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:37 PM

Thank you Fairgo.

View Postfairgo, on 28 May 2014 - 02:24 PM, said:

Survey is now online for 2 weeks only

https://www.surveymo...sticenewzealand

Please circulate far and wide to help get injured NZers voices heard at the United Nations

Do injured Kiwis get access to justice?” asks Acclaim Otago
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 10:45 am
Press Release: Acclaim Otago

28th May 2014

“Do injured Kiwis get access to justice?” asks Acclaim Otago

Acclaim Otago Inc has prepared an online survey for injured New Zealanders. The survey aims to capture the extent to which ACC claimants get access to justice and the protection of the law.

“The UN has asked about access to justice for injured New Zealanders. The Government will respond to the UN based on what the Government knows – but to accurately answer this question, the Government needs to hear from injured kiwis. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard. The survey will directly inform our report to the United Nations.” says Warren Forster, the lead author of Acclaim Otago’s report.

The United Nations will be examining the New Zealand Government about whether its laws and policies comply with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in September this year. A key right under the convention is the right to access to justice. Every ACC decision on a claim entitles the claimant to a right to review that decision. The Committee of experts responsible for administering the Convention met in Geneva in April 2014. In response to Acclaim Otago’s interim report, they asked:

“Please explain whether New Zealand law provides access to justice for persons with disabilities engaged in the statutory dispute resolution process with regard to adequate funding, procedural fairness and reliable evidentiary procedures under New Zealand’s Accident Compensation scheme.”

Denise Powell, spokesperson for Acclaim Otago says “Many people tell us about the experiences they have when they challenge ACC decisions. It’s important to remember that every New Zealander has the potential to be an ACC claimant, and in fact there would be very few New Zealanders who have never made a claim for ACC entitlements. This survey offers a meaningful way for people to tell their stories so we can present a comprehensive shadow report on behalf of all New Zealander4es” Dr Powell concludes.

“Effective access to the dispute resolution process under the ACC legislation is an essential part of checking that ACC is getting it right. It’s also a fundamental measure for ACC to check that it’s making decisions properly”. Mr Forster says. “A judge was recently able to say that even a casual glance at the ACC 167 form indicated it went well beyond ACC’s legal authority. Perhaps that decision would have come sooner if ACC claimants had better access to justice.”

The NZ Law Foundation provided a grant to assist with costs of this shadow report and Acclaim Otago is now fundraising through the online donation portal Give-A-Little www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/UNProject to gain the extra funds needed to send representatives to Geneva for the September session.

The survey will be online for a two week period, from 28 May to 13 June 2014.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/accesstojusticenewzealand

Acclaim encourage all New Zealanders to have their say via the survey, “This is a terrific opportunity to have your voices heard” concludes Dr Powell.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 05:19 PM

We need as many people as possible to fill in this survey. Those of you who know your GPs. surgeons, psychiatrists etc etc are also aware of others who have experienced the disputes review process - good or bad - please bring this survey to their attention and ask for it to be circulated widely.
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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:01 PM

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 05:22 PM

Survey by ACC claimant group

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An Otago ACC claimant support group has launched an online survey aimed at adding weight to its submissions to the United Nations over ACC-related access to justice issues.

The survey focuses on injured New Zealanders and aims to show the extent to which ACC claimants get access to justice and the protection of the law, organisers say.

The support group, Acclaim Otago, last year received a shadow report grant amounting to $8650 from the New Zealand Law Foundation.

This funding enabled the group to prepare a report on New Zealand's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Such ''shadow'' reports are often produced by community groups, rather than by government agencies.

The final Otago report, including the survey feedback, will be sent to a UN committee of disability specialists that will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, in September to consider New Zealand's compliance with the convention.

Acclaim Otago spokeswoman Dr Denise Powell said the group had already sent a draft report to the committee, which had subsequently asked the Government to explain ''whether New Zealand law provides access to justice'' for people with disabilities engaged in the statutory dispute resolution process under the ACC scheme.

Warren Forster, lead author of the group's report, said the survey allowed ''injured Kiwis'' to have their voices heard.

The survey would ''directly inform'' Acclaim Otago's final report to the UN, he said.

Dr Powell said 800 people had taken part in an online survey organised by the support group in 2012, and she hoped 1000 people would participate in the latest survey.

The survey, which runs until June 13, can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/accesstojusticenewzealand.


Acclaim Otago had raised more than $1200 to meet additional costs involved in its UN submission but about $3800 was still needed, she said.

- john.gibb@odt.co.nz
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Posted 05 June 2014 - 05:31 PM

ACC claimants invited to have say on UN disability report

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Reynald Castanedarcastaneda@nzdoctor.co.nzWednesday 04 June 2014, 10:07AM

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Acclaim Otago is interested in hearing from ACC claimants who are keen to contribute to a shadow report to be presented to the UN in September.

The support group for ACC claimants was awarded the New Zealand Law Foundation Shadow Report Award last year, worth $10,000, to produce and present a report on how well New Zealand complies with UN conventions on disability.

Interested parties can answer an online survey, which consists of nine questions, asking for responses on issues including their experience during the ACC claim process as well as their personal perceptions of how ACC works.

Dunedin-based disability rights advocate Warren Forster says the survey aims to cover the extent to which ACC claimants get access to justice.

In September the UN will be examining the New Zealand Government about whether its laws and policies comply with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr Forster, one of the lead authors of the report, says in a media release.

“This is your opportunity to have your voice heard,” he says.

The survey will close on Friday 13 June.

Related link:

Acclaim Otago survey: Access to justice in New Zealand
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