The latest updates from RDNZ and the rare disorder community.
Reformed health system must deliver for neurological conditions
The Neurological Alliance, with Rare Disorders NZ's support, sent two letters on Monday 3 October on the Alliance's position in relation to the Health Reforms, the new health system and engagement.
Pharmac’s Spinraza announcement welcome but long overdue
While Rare Disorders NZ will be celebrating this news with the SMA community, frustration remains that it has taken so long to approve this life-changing medicine, having long called for a separate assessment pathway for medicines for rare disorders.
Pharmac supports Trikafta being funded for eligible patients 6 years and older
Rare Disorders NZ is pleased to learn that Pharmac’s Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC) has recommended the life-saving drug Trikafta be funded for eligible people for the age groups 6 years and older and 12 years and older.
RDNZ new partner charity of One Percent Collective
Rare Disorders NZ is delighted to be one of the newest partner charities of One Percent Collective.
After years of tireless advocacy, Rare Disorders NZ overjoyed Minister instructs development of Rare Disorder Strategy
Rare Disorders NZ applauds the Government for accepting the Pharmac Review Panel’s recommendation to ‘develop a strategy that will lead to better, more timely services and more equitable support and outcomes for people and whānau with rare disorders’.
Pharmac funding allocation falls far short of what is needed for rare disorders
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.
Governor-General becomes patron of Rare Disorders NZ
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.
RDNZ's statement on Minister Little's comments about Pharmac funding
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.
RDNZ makes submission to Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
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.
RDNZ makes submission to Highest Needs Review
Rare Disorders NZ has made a submission to the Ministry of Education’s Highest Needs Review and is encouraging anyone with an interest in this area to also make a submission by 31st March 2022.