Rare Disorders NZ is incredibly disappointed about the inadequate funding allocated to Pharmac in this year’s Budget announcement, as it means life-saving medicines that many in the rare disorder community are desperately awaiting access to will not be funded for another year, and lives will be lost as a result.
We are honoured to have received confirmation that Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, has accepted our invitation to become patron of Rare Disorders NZ.
Rare Disorders NZ is extremely frustrated to hear the Minister of Health this week dismiss the call to increase funding for Pharmac to fund the medicines on its Options for Investment list due to budget constraints.
Rare Disorders NZ has made a submission to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission on the He Ara Āwhina (Pathways to Support) framework, which describes what an ideal mental health and addiction system looks like.
A new survey on the impact of living with, or caring for, people with a rare disorder in New Zealand finds alarming failings in the health system, particularly when it comes to timely diagnosis, treatment access and coordinated care for people living with a rare disorder.
To mark International Children’s Day, messages from children from the rare disorder community throughout New Zealand will be handed to the Prime Minister to tell her what it means to live with a rare disorder.