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Key Messages From Final Co-design Disability Workshop

Gerri explains her thinking at the workshop

The co-design group held the final in a series of workshops, in Wellington on 13 June, to finalise a high-level design for a new disability support system.  At the workshop:

  • Co-design members gave feedback on the Ministerial Group meeting
  • We reviewed  the high-level design and Cabinet paper
  • We looked at draft roadmap of work programme going forward
  • The group reflected on the co-design process
  • We had a kōrero with Wai Campbell

Ministerial Group meeting and presentation of high-level design

At the beginning of the day, members of the co-design group provided updates about what had happened since the previous workshop.

It was an opportunity for the sector co-design members to tell the group about their experience at the Ministerial Group meeting. The five co-design group members who presented to Ministers Adams, Tolley, Woodhouse, Ngaro and Wagner were Shane McInroe, Helena Tuteao, Lawrence Chok, Jade Farrar and Gerri Pomeroy.

They were really positive about the meeting. They said:

  • The Ministers were so interested in what we had to say - we weren’t ‘the disabled people’, they were genuinely interested and respected us as a project team
  • There was a shift from the beginning when it was quite scripted to it then morphing into a real conversation
  • There were challenging questions but the energy was right, the conversation flowed, it was a good experience for us
  • It felt like they were beginning to think about the investment.  I felt like we really achieved something that night.

Reviewed the high-level design and the Cabinet paper

The team reviewed the updated high-level design following the last workshop. You will remember this included:

  • Further work on funding allocation and team roles
  • Language and names.

The  co-design group also reviewed the draft Cabinet paper and its accompanying visual showing the high-level design.

Draft high-level roadmap of work programme

The co-design group then looked at the high-level roadmap for the work going forward, including:

  • What needs to be done before this can be implemented in MidCentral? (detailed design)
  • What policy and legislation needs to be changed?
  • Who do we need to engage with across the sector and when?
  • What and who do we need to communicate with?
  • What do we need to do to support and manage the change with different groups (eg disabled people, whānau, providers, government agencies, NASCs, community)?
  • What do we need to do to ensure people can continue to receive their current support during the transition if it meets their needs?

Reflected on co-design process

As this was our final workshop, the group then reflected on what they felt was the benefit from the co-design process.  People said:

  • Speaking from the perspective of a disabled person, the process has allowed us to contribute in a really equal way and helped to build our confidence to engage
  • I feel confident bringing disabled people’s views to the table
  • Everybody has worked in collaboration and partnership so the power hasn’t sat with a single group or a single person
  • It was good to be able to address issues from my personal experience
  • Going into the future, Maori identity and the issue of natural supports [will be heard]
  • I really liked the challenge of sharing perspectives with the group and having those crunchy discussions that changed the way we interacted
  • Having a clear vision on moving forward with a solid foundation for families
  • Personally I’m going to be able to create a life for my daughter and we will all be able to have good lives
  • Enjoyed watching disabled people taking charge
  • It really challenged my own personal preconceptions, I made a conscious decision to step back -  I was there to support
  • The power of groupthink – not just sitting around having conversations, problem solving and getting on with it.

Kōrero with Wai Campbell

The last hour of our workshop was a facilitated process with Wai Campbell, a parent, in her words, of a unique child.

Wai took the group through a creative and organic process of whakawhanaungatanga (connections and genealogy) through Mihi Mihi (introductions and sharing) while introducing the concept and framework of Te Wheke (Maori health models).

The group was thrown into the deep end by being asked to express their whakapapa (genealogy) and who they were - in pairs, and then present back to the group using a sound and symbol to represent their kōrero (talk). We then broke into male and female groups for discussion of the framework - with each group selecting 4 elements of the 8 elements of Te Wheke, and our individual and collective understandings and its application and demonstration in our own lives.

Over the next month, we will be working on taking the high-level design to Cabinet. We will be in contact again towards the end of July 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact us through STfeedback@moh.govt.nz.

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