Transforming Respite – Disability Support Services new strategy

21 August 2017


Publication cover MOH strategy Transforming Respite sets the future direction for improving disability respite support. Changes to the respite model will include:

  • offering disabled people and their families/whānau a flexible respite budget that they can use to take breaks in the ways that suit them best
  • increasing the range of quality respite options available – this includes the development of new and expanded respite services
  • recognising the value of respite and taking a lifelong approach to allocation and funding
  • making the administration and payment methods easier
  • providing better access to information about respite and support to find and use the respite options available.

The strategy responds directly to what disabled people and their families/whānau told MOH about their aspirations for the future.

To discuss any aspect of the strategy, please email MOH at