thought i'd do an update on a couple of posts i've put up recently.
in amongst the buffoonery and jerking off at parliament today, there was this question:
Hon DAVID PARKER (Labour) to the Minister for ACC: How will the proposed changes to the treatment of sensitive claims meet the legal requirements of the ACC scheme to provide “for a fair and sustainable scheme for managing personal injury that has, as its overriding goals, minimising both the overall incidence of injury in the community, and the impact of injury on the community”?
and related supplementaries, regarding changes to ACC funded counselling services for victims of sexual abuse. the minister's response was interesting, and i'll reproduce part of it here:
Hon PANSY WONG (Acting Minister for ACC) : ACC’s proposed changes to the treatment guidelines for mental injury resulting from sexual abuse are based on a comprehensive 5-year programme of clinical research commissioned by the corporation. The Massey University school of psychology undertook this research with a team comprising 23 researchers and an advisory committee of 13 people. A multi-method approach was taken, utilising quantitative and qualitative analysis, literature reviews, questionnaires, and focus groups. The research team included specialists in survivor advocacy, psychology, counselling, education, migrant resettlement, indigenous issues, and the mental health of children and older people.
the research report was tabled, but i don't know how to find tabled reports on-line yet. however, the reason i found the answer interesting was because i read luddite journo's post (hat tip: lew's excellent post at kiwipolitico) about one of the researchers funded by ACC. i don't want to reduce traffic to LJ's blog, so i suggest you read about it over there. i don't know that this particular researcher was one of the 23 that the minister refers to.
i'd also be interested in finding out if the report actually recommended that victims of sexual abuse see at least 3 different health professionals, or that an arbitrary cap be placed on funding for counselling services.
[ETA: toad has a great post about this issue here, with a link to the research report (pdf) the minister refers to.]
on the issue of pay equity between white women and women of colour, there has been some news about funding for wages to maori health providers being less than to non-maori providers. it's an issue that the nurses organisation has been trying to get addressed, but with little success so far. waatea news covered it this morning (morning report, radio nz, 8.48am, towards the end) and there is a post up at red alert about the issue as well.
and finally, nice to get a very brief but honourable mention by dennis welch in his run down of nz political blogs and their impact on the MSM this morning (nine to noon, radio nz, 11.50am).