Submissions

We regularly write submissions on behalf of our members, both individually and in partnership with other organisations.

Feedback on the Draft revisions to the Guidelines to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992

Platform|Atamira, Changing Minds and Balance Aotearoa made a joint submission on the guidelines. 

Read the joint submission (January 2020)

 

Submission on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

Platform and Community Housing Aotearoa made a joint submission on the bill with a focus on its need to be bigger than the health system and the importance of creating legitimacy.

Read the joint submission (December 2019)

 

Submission on the Abortion Legislation Bill

Platform made a submission on the bill based around the mental health impacts of the current process on accessing abortion healthcare services.

Read Platform's submission (September 2019)

 

Submission on the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill

Platform made a submission on the bill with an equity and mental health and addictions focus.

Read Platform's submission (August 2019)

 

Review of the Health and Disability

Platform made a submission on the Health and Disability review by describing the key features of a successful Health System sometime in the future - albeit via a mental health and addiction lens.

Read Platform's submission (May 2019)

 

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

As a national network of community-based mental health and addiction support services, Platform has a particular interest in ensuring that appropriate settings exist in legislation to protect the rights of tenants who experience mental health or addition issues.  Platform also has an interest in the proposed changes as a network that includes community housing providers.

Read Platform's submission (October 2018)

 

Reform of the State Sector Act 1988

The State Sector's responses to complexity are notoriously siloed and fragmented, in part because of limitations on it under current legislation.  Platform made a submission on the proposed reform seeing it as an opportunity for the State Sector to offer more connected and cohesive responses to the public.

Read Platform's submission (October 2018)

 

Investing in New Zealand's Future Health Workforce

Platform made a submission on the draft paper by Health Workforce New Zealand as part of a consultation process.

Read Platform's submission (May 2017)

 

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill

Platform made a submission on this proposed legislation mainly to highlight some of our concerns about the information sharing aspects of it.  The sharing of identifiable information across agencies, and the aggregation and analysis of it, is still an emerging area.  That the Privacy Commissioner has indicated concern about these changes, and is actively investigating MSDs new requirement that non-government organisations provide individual client data, would suggest that there are sufficient grounds for these aspects of the legislation at least to be held back and consulted on further.

Read Platform's submission (March 2017)

 

Health of Older People Strategy

The Ministry of Health released a consultation draft of the Health of Older People Strategy.  Platform has made a submission for the Ministry's consideration.

Read Platform's submission (September 2016)

 

Charities Amendment Bill (2016)

The Government Administration Committee is considering amendments to the Charities Act.  The changes proposed affect timelines for charities to provide information and charities' ability to appeal decisions made by the chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).  Platform has provided a submission for the committee's consideration.

Read Platform's submission. (July 2016)

 

Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill 2015

The Health Select Committee is considering the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill 2015.  This bill will replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966, and provides for the compulsory assessment and treatment of individuals who are considered to have a severe substance addiction and who do not have the capacity to participate in treatment.  Platform, with the help of members, has provided a submission for the committee's consideration.

Read Platform's submission. (April 2016)

 

Productivity Commission - more effective social services

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper on its new inquiry into improving outcomes for New Zealanders from social services. You can read Platform's submission document here.(360KB). Thank you to all members who contributed to this submission.

The Treasury - Request for Information asking ‘How can government improve results for our most vulnerable (at-risk) children and their families?’

Read Platform's response to the RFI.

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