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Advice: Making Your Voice Heard

Being assertive is all about making sure your voice is heard and being able to clearly explain how you feel about something, what you need, or why you feel something should be changed. It means saying ‘yes’ when you want to and ‘no’ when you don’t agree with something or someone (rather than agreeing to something just to please someone else).

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Your Human Rights And Making Complaints

Download the Human Rights Commission’s Your Human Rights and Making Complaints – A Guide for Disabled People and Their Families and add it to your own electronic carer infopack! 



Advice: Enduring Powers of Attorney

BigTickFor those of us supporting an older person, someone with a disability, or other health condition, you should consider looking into setting up enduring powers of attorney (EPA). 

You'll find helpful information about the two different types of EPA, choosing your attorney, existing EPAs, and much more on these websites:

Supporting Others

Publication: Good Medical Practice

The Medical Council's publication Good Medical Practice sets out the standards the public and the profession expect a competent doctor to meet. These standards have been developed through discussion with the public and the profession.

Good Medical Practice also provides guidance to help doctors understand, and comply with, the requirements of legislation.

While the publication is addressed to doctors, it is also intended to let the public know what they can expect from the profession.

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Advice: Communicating With Medical Professionals

CommunicatingWithProfessionalsFamily carers have regular contact with GPs and many other health professionals, government agencies, and support organisations. Being able to communicate well with a wide range of professionals is an important part of caring.

It can be hard to build comfortable partnerships with medical professionals, who see many patients and their families every day, and have limited time to spend with individuals.

Supporting Others

IHC Advocacy Toolkit

IHC Advocacy Toolkit

IHC's free Avocacy Toolkit has important and useful information for parents/family/whanau of children with an intellectual disability, self advocates with disabilities, and disability support agencies.


Your Rights as a Consumer of Health and Disability Services

If you would like to know more about your rights when using health and disability services, have your questions answered, or make a complaint about a health or disability service, then do have a look at the website of the Health and Disability Commissioner. 

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