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Posted 24 March 2004 - 11:20 PM

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Tax-funded therapy gets up your nose
25 March 2004
By NICK VENTER

ACC claimants in Waikato are being given nasal irrigation to help prepare them for a return to work.

The technique, which involves pouring salted water in one nostril and out the other, is one of several unconventional practices being championed by a company contracted to the Accident Compensation Corporation.

NZ First leader Winston Peters told Parliament yesterday that claimants doing the six-week course were "required to undertake a nasal enema by pouring water into their noses, sit cross-legged on the floor with their thumbs in their ears humming and . . . to stand in a paddock and laugh at each other".

The treatment of one woman with a long-term shoulder injury included watching the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on video, he said.

But ACC spokesman Fraser Folster said the nasal irrigation and laughter sessions were voluntary. Most of the nine claimants on the course brought to Mr Peters' attention had complained of sinus problems or headaches to the yoga master supervising the techniques.

"So the yoga nasal irrigation and other pain management techniques

such as humming and laughter were deemed appropriate," he said.

"Humming is a yoga practice that is intended to raise self-awareness and block out distractions. Laughter releases endorphins which also help with pain management."

Most of those who did the course had found the techniques beneficial, he said. Five, including a woman who complained to Mr Peters, had bought equipment to continue the nasal irrigation at home.

Mr Folster said ACC was trying several techniques "which might look a bit off the wall" to help claimants who had extra difficulties.

Alpha Consultants, the company providing the Hamilton course, was the only contractor that included nasal irrigation in its programme.

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson was taken by surprise when Mr Peters raised the course in Parliament.

Asked by the NZ First leader how "such seemingly pointless exercises" could assist with rehabilitation, she said she would investigate.

"It is new information to me. It is information that I find very interesting and I will be following it up with some vigour."

A woman who answered the phone at Alpha Consultants referred The

Dominion Post to ACC.

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Nasal enemas, humming and yoga in ACC recipe

25.03.2004

ACC has been accused by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters of funding "bizarre" injury rehabilitation programmes, including nasal enemas, humming and being forced to stand in a paddock and laugh.

The treatment included watching the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on video.

The participants included former Chiefs player Paul Miller, who told TV3 last night that he felt the treatment was "degrading".

Miller was getting treatment after he ruptured a tendon in his foot.

One woman said she felt humiliated watching Cuckoo's Nest, which starred Jack Nicholson and was set in a mental hospital.

Mr Peters asked ACC Minister Ruth Dyson what she was doing about people being forced to go through the schemes or face losing their payments.

"[One scheme] in the Waikato requires accident victims to undertake a nasal enema by pouring water into their noses, sit cross legged on a floor with their thumbs in their ears humming and also being forced to stand in a paddock and laugh at each other," Mr Peters said.

"How can she have any confidence whatsoever that such seemingly pointless exercises provide any genuine rehabilitative qualities or effect?"

Ms Dyson said Mr Peters had probably given her more information than she needed.

"But it is new information to me. It is information that I find interesting and I will be following it up with some rigour," she said.

Most rehabilitation programmes did good work for accident victims, the minister added.

Mr Peters asked what ACC did to ensure the people they hired were "sane" or whether there was more than one "fruitloop" out there.

Ms Dyson said a number of people provided rehabilitation in different areas and most people were satisfied with their treatment.

Mr Peters said one of his constituents, a 50-year-old woman, went through the treatment programme for a long-term shoulder injury.

"She is deeply upset that she is being treated like an idiot," Mr Peters said.

ACC last night said there were no plans to extend the course beyond the Waikato.

The rehabilitation programme, aimed at helping claimants prepare for work or independence, had "optional elements that included yoga relaxation techniques".

It was made clear to the nine ACC claimants they did not have to participate in the nasal irrigation, which was introduced to improve their ability to cope with pain.

"The treatment provider is emphatic that no one was forced to take part in the yoga techniques," ACC said.

The woman referred to by Mr Peters had voluntarily taken part in the yoga nasal irrigation.

"Five of the nine on the course found sufficient benefit from the technique to purchase extra equipment so they could continue the yoga nasal irrigation at home, including the woman."

ACC said most of the nine claimants had complained of sinus problems or headaches.

"The yoga master supervising the techniques spent 20-30 minutes with each claimant and identified that most had sinus problems and/or headaches.

"So the yoga nasal irrigation and other pain management techniques such as humming and laughter were deemed appropriate.

"Humming is ... intended to raise self-awareness and block out distractions. Laughter releases endorphins, which also help with pain management."
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ACC backs job course
25 March 2004

ACC is rejecting claims that its job skills courses are being used to get people off ACC.

But ACC claimants on the six-week Wanganui course have backed New Plymouth claims last week that the courses are demeaning and can be dangerous for injured people.

ACC media adviser Fraser Folster said yesterday that "Contrary to suggestions made recently by the Taranaki group, Accident Support Services NZ, the law does not allow ACC to simply remove any injured claimant from the scheme."

ASSNZ, based in New Plymouth, said last week that the courses being run across the country were a thinly-disguised way of removing ACC claimants from their weekly compensation.

As a result, there had been a large increase in the numbers on Work and Income invalid and sickness benefits, ASSNZ said.

Two ACC claimants on the New Plymouth course said they had both been re-injured while on the course.

But Mr Folster said the corporation was bound by the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2001 to ensure that if claimants were eligible for ACC entitlements, then they should be receiving them in order to complete their rehabilitation.

The pre-employment programmes were designed to help all claimants who were unable to return to their previous occupation, or who had been out of work for some time, Mr Folster said.

The claimants went on the programme only when medically certified fit to do so, he said.

ACC entitlements were not welfare benefit payments, Mr Folster said.

"ACC finds that a few claimants who have been on the scheme for years have had difficulty engaging in the active rehabilitation processes that (the act) now sets down.

"This small minority of claimants may regard the corporation's regular comprehensive assessments of rehabilitation progress, now as frequent as every six months, as intrusive and a threat to the continuation of their entitlements such as weekly compensation."

Mr Folster said claimants either left the scheme themselves when recovered from their injury or were assessed as work-ready by independent medical and occupational assessors. ACC case managers relied on this independent judgment, Mr Folster said.

The ASSNZ claims have resulted in calls to The Daily News from Wanganui claimants who are also unhappy about a recent ACC job skills course run by Workbridge and Sport Wanganui.

Veronica Turner, of Wanganui, said she was sending a letter of complaint to ACC.

She was on the course for four weeks before her back was re-injured.

"The course was supposed to have eight people on it. It ended up with only four."

All four who left had been re-injured during the course, she said.

The physical exercises were not individually tailored, as ACC claimed.

"They had me on a treadmill. I was in just so much pain. I could do aqua aerobics before going on the course, I can't even do that now.

"I don't want anyone else to go through this. It's just not right. I've paid my ACC levies all my life. It's the first time I've been on ACC.

"I agree, get people back to work but the right people; people that aren't still injured," Mrs Turner said.

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 01:27 PM

miss all this on tv3 news? nasal enema humming in paddock.

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ACC blocks nasal enemas
25 March 2004
By SID PICKERING AND NZPA

ACC has told a Hamilton health consultant to stop offering its clients nasal enemas.

Alpha Consultants is contracted by ACC to help people back to work. Yesterday details of its six-week course were ridiculed in Parliament by New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters.

He told how claimants doing the course were "required to undertake a nasal enema by pouring water into their noses, sit cross-legged on the floor with their thumbs in their ears humming and...to stand in a paddock and laugh at each other".

Nasal enemas –- –- was one of a number of left-field practices the company championed.

Today ACC said Alpha Consultants "overstepped the mark" by providing nasal enema's to its clients.

David Rankin, general manager of Healthwise, the ACC division which oversees the corporation's contracts, said the aim of the six-week course was to provide people encouragement to get back to work, not medical treatment.

He said ACC had told Alpha Consultants to stop the practice.

But Dr Rankin defended other techniques, including "laughing therapy", saying they were clinically sound and had proven benefits.

The six-week course was run by medical professionals and he was confident it was suitable.

Alpha Consultants is paid to help ACC claimants back into to work.

The company's contract was renewed this year until 2006.

There were eight to 20 people on the course at any one time.

Alpha Consultants, which is registered in Tauranga and has a Hamilton branch, was the only contractor which included nasal irrigation in its programme.

Alpha Consultants says on its website it was established to offer a needs driven "occupational rehabilitation service to claimants in the Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Coromandel, and surrounding areas".

The "outcomes" were achieved by working in a holistic environment that would motivate and inspire self-confidence in the claimants.

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson was taken by surprise when Mr Peters raised the course in Parliament.

Asked by Mr Peters how "such seemingly pointless exercises" could assist with rehabilitation, she said she would investigate. "It is new information to me. It is information that I find very interesting and I will be following it up with some vigour."

Alpha Consultants refused to comment about the course, and referred the Waikato Times to the ACC.

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ACC defends nasal irrigation
25 March 2004

A senior ACC official today defended injury rehabilitation programmes that include such techniques as nasal irrigation, humming and yoga.

The programmes were highlighted yesterday when New Zealand First leader Winston Peters asked ACC Minister Ruth Dyson what she was doing about people being forced to go through the schemes or face losing their payments.

"(One scheme) in the Waikato requires accident victims to undertake a nasal enema by pouring water into their noses, sit cross-legged on a floor with their thumbs in their ears humming and also being forced to stand in a paddock and laugh at each other," Mr Peters said.

The technique known as nasal irrigation involves pouring salted water in one nostril and out the other.

Today ACC Healthwise division general manager David Rankin told National Radio such programmes ran five days a week for six weeks to try to introduce structure back into people's lives.

"It's extremely effective, 65 per cent or more of people that go into the programme are back in the workforce or actively job-seeking within three months of finishing the course," Dr Rankin said.

"At any one time we'll have about 200 to 250 people, ACC claimants on the programme, and as part of that the psychologist offering the programme will develop a syllabus that involves a wide range of services to help people get through some of the after-effects of their injury."

People were required to take part in such programmes if their GP said there was no medical reason why they could not and their case manager believed it was best for them, but they were given a choice about the components and could opt out.

"We take three approaches. We look at their psychological needs. We look at their physical needs, help them to get fit, and we look at their vocational needs, helping them to get skills to return to the workforce," Dr Rankin said.

"Humming is very much part of the process of relaxation and we believe that it is an appropriate component to the programme. The nasal irrigation was offered to claimants after they recognised that it may be a therapy that would be of help to them. It was voluntary to participate. It goes beyond the requirements of the programme and gets into medical treatment which was not appropriate in this situation."

The psychologist coordinating the Waikato programme referred to by Mr Peters had discussed at some length with the nine participants what they would like to do. They had identified yoga but it was voluntary and he understood two of the members chose not to participate, Dr Rankin said.

A reputable yoga teacher had been engaged and following individual sessions with this person, the participants had been offered a nasal irrigation instruction programme.

Following the instruction, five of the nine participants had bought some equipment because they felt the service was useful, Dr Rankin said.

The provider normally got people to watch the movie Patch Adams, but that had not been available, so as a second choice One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest had been chosen.

"I'm sure if you'd watched the movie, you would realise it deals with a number of very important psychological issues."

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 11:40 PM

Compensation Act 2001 to ensure that if claimants were eligible for ACC entitlements, then they should be receiving them in order to complete their rehabilitation." From the Daily News article: ACC backs job course 25 March 2004

It strikes me as evident in most of the statements by this mouthpiece that Pernament Injury no longer exists.
ACC appears to be of the opinion that all they need to do is stick a rubber hose up their clients nose and all their injuries will be washed away. Or Hire lying medical charletons to assess the injured back to health so ACC can meet the Governments fiscal demands.
Winston seems to be on the right track with his very astute question : "Mr Peters asked what ACC did to ensure the people they hired were "sane" or whether there was more than one "fruitloop" out there."
Now thats not news to many of us we have known that from the start and that it starts right at the top.
Its time for a clean out from the top down. The only trouble seems to be is that the current mis-administration has been busy closing down all the psychriatic facilities so there is nowhere to put them. One wonders if there is some toxic chemical in the halls of madness we call parliment that is affecting all and sundry.
Meanwhile ACC continues to Misuse the legislation to abuse the injured.
Well we have the answer to that , it is use the legislation back.
It may be costly but many of us can get legal aid at the moment, and until they plug that as well with some panic legislation those of us that can, should challenge each and every abuse of power in the courts right to the highest level.
Take heart me hearties and take it to them and give them a rectal enema in the courts and their pockets.
I declare tomorow FLUSH A MONGREL DAY.
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Posted 26 March 2004 - 08:10 AM

Stop 'nasal enemas' ACC tells contractor

26 March 2004
By NICK VENTER

An ACC contractor has been told to stop offering accident victims nasal irrigation as part of a back-to-work programme.

The instruction was issued by ACC Healthwise general manager David Rankin a day after NZ First leader Winston Peters ridiculed a Hamilton programme in which participants were offered "nasal enemas", required to sit cross-legged on the floor humming, laugh at each other and watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Mr Rankin said he had instructed course provider Alpha Consultants to stop offering nasal irrigation because a medical treatment was not an appropriate part of a work-preparation programme.

However, he defended the humming and "laughter therapy", saying they were standard relaxation techniques taught around the world.

"These people have suffered a significant injury. They are off work. They are being encouraged by case managers to get back into work. All three of those things are stressful."

He also defended the movie-watching, saying One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was a tool for stimulating discussion about overcoming difficulties.

Work-preparation programmes offered to about 2000 people a year nationwide were extremely successful, he said.

About 65 per cent of the people who went through programmes in Waikato either found jobs within three months or were actively seeking jobs.

Before doing the courses they had all been on ACC for six months or more, had become dependent on ACC benefits "and were showing no motivation at all about looking for or finding a job".

The main purpose of the programmes was to put structure back into people's lives, he said.

"People with serious injuries get into the habit of watching TV all day, getting up at midday, and lose the routine, lose some of the self-presentation skills.

"This course is a structured programme to get people out of bed, presenting at 9 o'clock every morning to a certain place (and) organising their transport."

In Parliament yesterday, Mr Peters asked ACC Minister Ruth Dyson to explain why "a woman with a bad shoulder needs a teapot of salt water up her nose".

Ms Dyson said nasal irrigation was not an appropriate component of the course and was no longer being offered.

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 08:21 AM

"People with serious injuries get into the habit of watching TV all day, getting up at midday, and lose the routine, lose some of the self-presentation skills."

what a load of CRAP!! :angry: who the hell does Rankin think he is making such broad sweeping statements. Bugger me I must've missed that particular aspect of being injured!!

I get up every damn morning between 7- 7:30 eat breakfast with my family, have a shower, go for a walk to get the paper, then admittedly I actually take time to read it.... I DO NOT watch daytime TV, never have, its too damn depressing! LOL

I feel a rubuttal coming for this statement, but I guess will have to turn off the TV and get out of bed and have my hair done to do that.... ;)
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Posted 26 March 2004 - 08:25 AM

No Worries Fairgo, at least you can be rest assured that humming and smiling are still approved.. :wacko:

ACC halts nose jobs, keeps on laughing

26.03.2004
By AINSLEY THOMSON and KEVIN TAYLOR

Nasal irrigation is no longer on offer at a controversial ACC rehabilitation course, but the laughter and humming will go on.

ACC yesterday told Alpha Consultants, which it employs to run the six-week course in the Waikato, that it was not to repeat the nasal irrigation exercise because it was a type of medical treatment and the company was not contracted to offer it.

But other components of the course, such as getting participants to sit on the floor with their thumbs in their ears and hum, stand in a paddock and laugh at each other, and watch videos such as Patch Adams, will continue.

"Humming is a yoga practice that is intended to raise self-awareness and block out distractions," ACC said.

"Laughter releases endorphins, which also help with pain management."

At any given time between 200 and 250 people on ACC around New Zealand do the programme, which is meant to introduce structure back into their lives so they can move back to fulltime employment.

In the 2002-03 year the Government spent $910,900 on work preparation programmes.

The unusual treatment offered on the programme was highlighted in Parliament this week by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who had been contacted by a woman on the course.

Yesterday, the woman, Liz Bartlett, spoke to the Herald.

Ms Bartlett is in the fifth week of the course, which she has been made to do as part of her rehabilitation after an operation on her shoulder.

The 50-year-old Hamilton woman believes the course is a waste of taxpayers' money.

"My needs are physical, not mental," she said. "I don't need mental preparation to go back to work."

Ms Bartlett, who ran a distribution company before her injury, said the course should focus more on rehabilitation such as gym and physiotherapy work.

She had tried the nasal irrigation exercise run by a Hamilton yoga instructor known as Kailash.

"I'm not ridiculing his beliefs, but why do I need to do that? How is that rehabilitating my shoulder?

"And sitting down meditating with my thumbs in my ears and humming - how is that helping my shoulder?"

Kailash told the Herald that he had been doing nasal irrigation for years and knew many other people who also did it.

He had had a positive response from people who did the ACC course.

When yoga was applied to medical conditions it could "bring great improvement very quickly", he said.

ACC said it knew that "yoga relaxation techniques" had been used, but did not know specifically that nasal irrigation would be employed.

Yesterday in Parliament, Mr Peters asked ACC Minister Ruth Dyson why "a woman with a bad shoulder needs a teapot of salt water up her nose".

She said the practice was "not appropriate" for the provider to offer even although it was offered on a voluntary basis.

But she then defended the practice, saying some people suffered from sinus irritation and it was considered one of the non-drug related treatments that was helpful.

She denied a claim by Mr Peters that private providers of ACC rehabilitation services were paid a bonus for each client moved from their books on to the books of Work and Income New Zealand.

She said it was standard that individual providers received additional payments for a "successful outcome" but transferring somebody to Winz was not such an outcome.

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 09:53 AM

"Struth, Ruth!"

written by Rod Hinchco - 25 March, 2004

"The ‘Truth’ Ruth."

Ah Mate….! She’s at it again.

Everyday almost, no matter where you turn, it is likely that it will be Ruth Dyson in the headlines.

Just these last 7 days it has gone from allegedly misleading the house, and via the media at least, misleading the public.

Now, her former cabinet colleague Lianne Dalziel got the right royal shaft from the Queen of Spin herself, Helen of Helengrad, for doing something similar, so why is it that Ruth manages to come out the other end of countless brushes, covered in roses?

I mean, she is never even made to account for her utterances, or misdeeds, save that is for temporarily getting the bum’s rush for a DIC, and like I say, that was very temporary.

But in fairness, she is not alone. When Helen was flavor of the month, her believers unquestioningly accepted what she said was right and Ministers were given the benefit of a sliver of doubt if one existed, or were given time to concoct one, to slip out from under.

That’s why I say, ignorance of the law is only an acceptable defense for District Court Judges and Cabinet Ministers.

ACC as you now well know, is one of Ruth’s portfolios, and yesterday I took up Winston Peters tip on the belittling treatment dished out to ACC claimants that included ‘Nasal Enemas’ that one contracted health provider subjected claimants to.

They’ve stopped. According to ACC Healthwise GM, David Rankin, and I assume that is his real name and not a pseudonym. They,…. ‘Nasal Enemas’ were ‘Offered’ to claimants he said.

Anyone out there want to back up the information I already have and say that they were prescribed, rather than offered as an option? Drop me a line.

As for the requirement to stand facing each other across a paddock and laughing out loud, or sitting cross legged with your thumbs in your ears humming, well they are to stay he says, as they are standard techniques used around the world for relaxation. (and intimidation, belittlement etc.)

He also defended the requirement to watch the movie ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’ the story of life within a mental asylum as he says it is seen as a tool for stimulating discussion about overcoming difficulties.

Is it really? Or is it again, intimidation or belittlement, designed to frustrate, and break one’s resolve?

Rankin went on to say,

"These people have suffered a significant injury. They are off work. They are being encouraged by case managers to get back into work. All three of those things are stressful."

"People with serious injuries get into the habit of watching TV all day, getting up at midday, and lose the routine, lose some of the self-presentation skills.

"This course is a structured program to get people out of bed, presenting at 9 o'clock every morning to a certain place (and) organising their transport."

About 65 per cent of the people who went through programs in Waikato either found jobs within three months or were actively seeking jobs.

Before doing the courses they had all been on ACC for six months or more, had become dependent on ACC benefits "and were showing no motivation at all about looking for or finding a job". And this, to my way of thinking, about sums up ACC’s attitude to their so called ‘clients’, you and I. Joe and Jenny Public.

Now I, recently suffered a shoulder injury. A pathway gave way under me sending me crashing down an embankment. The ACC prescribed and supported treatment was a trip to my GP, for which I paid a surcharge (a dubious requirement under ACC’s own articles) and ten sessions with a physiotherapist.

All up, after paying ACC’s surcharges, which incidentally doubled once ACC decided that the public wouldn’t stand another levy (tax) increase, I’m out of pocket about $180.

At the end of that prescribed and supported treatment, I was miraculously cured according to ACC, and the continued loss of the full use of my left arm, and the pain and discomfort were purely figments of my imagination. Had it not been for Peters raising this issue with Dyson and the practice in her own words being "an appropriate component of the course", I would be lining up to be ‘offered’ nasal enemas.

Under normal circumstances, before this much maligned ‘no blame’ abomination we suffer, I could have sued the owner of that walkway for the costs of my treatment and due recompense for lost wages, not to mention pain and suffering. It was a formed access way that I was fully entitled to use, and its owner or those responsible for its maintenance were clearly liable, as was the case with DOC at Cave Creek for instance.

Dyson’s next ‘Boo Boo’ came while being legitimately questioned by National MP, Katherine Rich, a member of a Parliamentary Select Committee, Dyson referred to Ms Rich as an ‘Irresponsible tart’.

Ms Rich, rightly, took umbrage at being called a promiscuous woman or prostitute and demanded an apology.

Dyson denied making such a comment, even after being offered a chance to study a taped playback of the incident, saying "It's not the usual sort of language I'd use,"

She did later however, accept that she had passed such a remark, and gave a halfhearted apology saying, "Katherine Rich is wrong about unallocated cases".

"My under-the-breath comment about Ms Rich was not intended to be on the record and was simply a measure of my frustration at her attempt to make political advantage out of notifications of child abuse and neglect. I apologise for any offence I may have caused her."

But Minister….these cases exist. They are part of the reason this Government is the subject of international ridicule and criticism.

You can take it from this then that the questioning was at the time, about another of Dyson’s portfolios, and the select committee were asking her questions about the shuffling of CYF referral lists of children at risk of abuse, which she categorically denied was taking place.

There were incidentally, 5331 cases of child neglect and abuse, unallocated as at that time.

Labour, unfortunately, has an appalling record when it comes to child health and welfare. We have seen it time and again. Children abandoned by ACC even, in their time of need.

We have seen the Minister of Health right off a tiny babies life as

‘ a humanitarian thing’ and then stand by while that child is virtually committed to death without any chance being taken on her account, to improve her chances.

Hopefully, by next week I will be able to lift the warps on "why it is virtually impossible to secure the services of a neurologist for an ACC assessment" and why, almost all of them say, "we don’t do work associated with ACC".

And why, referrals almost always come right back to one man. A man well established as an ACC Consultant, with a good record of ‘Exits’.

I will be taking an in-depth look into toxic poisoning in the workplace.

What we are doing about it, and ACC’s attitude toward it.

Join me then, as I attempt to

‘Write The Wrongs.’

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All a bit potty for ACC claimants
26 March 2004

What happens when Alpha Consultants run a course for ACC? Sid Pickering finds out from three people who are currently taking part in the six-week programme.

Paul Wheeler knew things were "getting a little bit weird" in the first week of a course he was sent on by ACC.

The six-week course, paid for by ACC, is provided by Alpha Consultants in Hamilton. It champions meditation, "laughing therapy" and, until yesterday, nasal enemas as a way of helping ACC claimants back to work.

Not long after the course began, Mr Wheeler was encouraged to "stand around in a group and just look at each other". He was told it stimulates laughing, but Mr Wheeler did not find it funny, and refused to do it.

"It's not rehabilitating me back into the workforce," the Te Awamutu former rugby player said.

He also refused to do the nasal enemas which were administered by a yoga expert through a teapot.

"You put the teapot with salt water in it in one nostril and let the water flow out the other nostril. They said it stimulated the mind, it was a cleansing process.

"It's quite humiliating when you talk to friends and family about it. `What did you do today? I almost stuck a teapot in my nose."'

Mr Wheeler said the more than $300 he has already been paid to travel from Te Awamutu to Hamilton to attend the course would be better spent on a six-month gym membership to rehabilitate his foot which was injured on the rugby field eight months ago.

Hamilton's Liz Bartlett said while she respected the beliefs of other people it was unfair to force them on ACC claimants.

"If we don't go to this course, we get our ACC cut. We have the right to be treated as individuals. I'm angry about this because I'm a taxpayer too, and I should not be paying for it."

Ms Bartlett said the meditation involved "putting your thumbs in your ears and humming".

But the final straw for her was being sat down to watch the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

"They said it was a documentary about life. I think it's a great movie, but I don't think the taxpayer should be paying for me to watch it."

Valerie Pahl, who injured her wrist in an accident during her factory job in February last year, said the meditation sessions were on at 11am, and it was a "terrible time to be lying around on your back".

ACC required her to do another more active course, and the combination of the two courses aggravated her wrist injury because it was not getting enough rest, she said.

After speaking to the Times yesterday, the trio returned to the course, being held at Old Boys Rugby Club in Hamilton. They are in their fifth week.

"Heaven help you if you break your leg," Mr Wheeler said. "It could be you next."

ACC ordered Alpha to stop offering nasal enemas to claimants yesterday. The enemas "overstepped the mark" of the support Alpha was contracted to provide, ACC said.

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 02:04 PM

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Alpha fees 'commercially sensitive'

26 March 2004
By SID PICKERING

ACC is refusing to say how much it is paying a company that provides meditation and "laughing therapy" as ways to encourage claimants back into the workforce.

Alpha Consultants has been ridiculed in Parliament by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. He told how claimants were "required to sit cross-legged on the floor with their thumbs in their ears humming and...to stand in a paddock and laugh at each other."

Alpha charges the taxpayer $12,000 to $20,000 for each six-week course it provides.

But ACC's Healthwise division general manager David Rankin refused to say how many courses Alpha did each year. That information was "commercially sensitive" because it would allow people to work out how much Alpha's contract was worth, he said.

Alpha was one of 25 to 30 companies ACC contracted to provide the programmes.

Alpha was contracted to provide courses for eight to 20 people at any one time. There were nine people doing the course at Hamilton's Old Boys Rugby Club. The company also had offices at Tauranga, Auckland and Dargaville.

People were required to take part in such programmes if their GP said there was no medical reason why they could not and their case manager believed it was best for them, but they could opt out, ACC said.

Dr Rankin said the corporation offered the courses five days a week for six weeks to try to introduce structure back into people's lives. At any one time there were 200 to 250 people involved in such courses nationwide.

Each programme was run by qualified health professionals, Dr Rankin said. "There is a standard set of aims and goals for the programme, each person is at liberty to run their own syllabus."

He said the course was "extremely effective" and that about 65 per cent of people that do it were back in the workforce or actively job seeking within three months of finishing.

The Times invited the Alpha to comment about its business, but it refused. The company's Hamilton branch manager Catherine Hodges said she had been told not to comment. "Maybe in the next two or three months I can."

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 06:28 PM

I have the answer to these useless whacky cockamamie scemes,
all recipients of these courses take an immediate bowel evacuation on the perpetrator.

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 12:30 PM

And another thing it is bloody obvious what these ACC cretins are doing with scemes like this, their sound reasoning behind these assaults on claimants dignity.
is: "THE CLAINANT WILL BECOME TOO HUMILIATED TO CONTINUE WITH ACC AND FIND IT EASIER TO GO ON THE WINZ INVALIDS BENEFIT" just another quick exit sceme from these murderers.

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 12:40 PM

From the MSN site
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Dr. David Rankin.

His comments must be challenged - on Monday, every claimant must pick up the phone, dial the 0800 number for the Office of the Complaints Investigator and lodge a formal complaint under the Code of Claimants' Rights - Rights 1, 2, 3 and 8.

Use the words in billy's posting - denigrating, discrediting and demonising ACC claimants.

Follow up your phone complaint with a written complaint on ACC 709 form, seeking redress in the form of:
1) Rankin's dismissal
2) Written apology to every claimant.
3) Withdraw and publish a formal apology in all daily newspapers and TV news bulletins.

If your complaint is not upheld, lodge an application for review, we can all use the one submission. That has the potential to seriously embarrass ACC, tie up the review system and cost ACC a tidy little sum.

Whatever you do, do not sit on your backside and do nothing, here is your chance to strike back - take it!!!!

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 12:50 PM

Name: RANKIN, David Bruce
District: Wellington
Registration Type: Vocational
Qualifications: MB ChB 1982 Otago; MPH 1990 Loma Linda;
FRACMA 1995
Probationary Registration Date: 6 December 1982
General Registration Date: 24 November 1983
Vocational Branches: Medical Administration (16 November 2001)
Practising Certificate: Yes
Restrictions on Practice: No
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Medical administration
Managers and planners in the health service, using their medical knowledge to bring effective healthcare to people.
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oh and look.... a WEB Based qualification..... I'm not saying this is how David got his though... he may have actually attended this 'christian' school...
Loma Linda University School of Public Health

You Can Make a Difference !
At the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, you get a top-quality Christian education where the School's mission is to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ to "make man whole" – body, mind and spirit. You'll learn with others in an environment where diversity and healthy living are embraced and promoted, and you'll receive personal attention from, and participate in research with respected faculty. LLU School of Public Health uniquely qualifies you to work in public health as you not only learn about public health, but practice it while you're learning. Earn degrees in the following areas:

Biomedical Data Management (BSPH)

Biostatistics (MPH, MSPH)

Environmental & Occupational Health (MPH, MPH/MIP)

Epidemiology (MPH, DrPH)

Health Administration (BSPH, MHA, MPH)

Health Education (MPH, DrPH)

Health Geographics (BSPH)

Global Health (MPH, MPH/MIP, DrPH)

Maternal and Child Health (MPH)

Preventive Care (DrPH)

Public Health Nutrition (MPH, DrPH)

Public Health Practice (MPH)

Wellness Management (BSPH)

Work in conjunction with the Peace Corps in Environmental Health or Global Health. Participate in some of our on-going research projects such as lifestyle and health, the environment and health, or others. Join us, Fall Quarter, 2004, in our on-line/Web-based MPH degree program with a major in Public Health Practice. Choose a career in public health and join others in an exciting and ever-growing field where you can make a difference serving, educating and improving the lives of populations at home and throughout the world.
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Posted 28 March 2004 - 02:46 PM

complaints are accepted via email.

[email protected]


The more that go in the better.
mines gone.

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Posted 31 March 2004 - 08:27 PM

This in the Dominion Post 31 march 04
Letters to the Editor

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