ILS August Newsletter 2016

In this August Newsletter from the Independent Living Service you'll find information about:

  1. Seminar for health care professionals, students and those supporting seniors
  2. ILS & NZJYA celebrating wellbeing
  3. Suffering from sleepness nights?
  4. Looking for a venue for your Christmas Party?
  5. Transition Expo 2016
  6. Free trial swim initiative
  7. Ronelle's jump for freedom
  8. Changes to Britomart Station are happening
  9. Do you want to help shape the future health of older people?
  10. Join the conversation and help build a new disability strategy for NZ
  11. Arthritis Exercise and choosing shoes
  12. International Asian & Minority Health and Well Being Conference 2016
  13. Keen to do some volunteering?
  14. Parting Thought

1. Seminar for health care professionals, students & those supporting seniors 

The next seminar for educating those in support roles on equipment and services to enable safe and independent living will be held in August. The details are:

Date: Thursday 18th August 2016 from 7pm 
Location: ILS Conference Room, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

To reserve a seat please click here or phone Kaz Howlett on 09 625 0322 or email

2. ILS & NZJYA celebrating wellbeing

ILS coming together with NZJYA to celebrate Wellbeing. Through this event NZJYA and ILS aim to work together to support migrant families and provide support to seniors. 

3. Suffering from sleepness nights?

Did you know that you spend nearly a third of your life in bed so it's important to get a good night sleep and invest in quality.

ILS now have the IC333 Homecare Bed range available. With height adjustment, Trendelenburg, head lift and knee breat, this is the perfect homecare bed. Available in a full choice of sizes, fabric colours and accessorires to give you style and comfort.

Click here to view on our website or click here to see a video overview.

4.  Looking for a venue for your Christmas party?

Are you looking for accessible venue to hire for your group or work Christmas party? All ILS conference facilities are fully accessible with kitchen facilities available for self catering or we can put you in contact with caterers. 

Competitive rates, to find out more email

5. Transition Expo

The progression from school to community lift. Hosted by Disability Connect & Ministry of Social Development (MSD). 

There will be

  • free entry
  • plenty of street parking
  • a fully accessible venue
  • information pack given to each family
  • coffee van and bakery stall for purchase of refreshments – bring along plenty of $1 and $2 coins to make purchasing easy

The details are:
When: Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Where: Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland (map link below)
Time: 9am – 2.00pm

Click here or please contact Disability Connect for futher information on phone (09) 636-0351 or email  No need to RSVP - see you on Tuesday 2nd August.

6. Free Trial Swim Initiative

Developed specifically for people with medical, mobility and/or disabilities…all ages and all levels…it is about having a go and having some fun.

Funding provided by Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and the expertise of AUSTSWIM’s Jennifer Schembri – Portelli have enabled this awesome new initiative.

The details for the first "Have a GO" session are: 

When: Wednesday 3rd August
Where: Glen Innes Pools
Time: 2.45pm

The class is 45 minutes long and this Trial Session is FREE, hosted by YMCA Glen Innes Pools.
Following the “Have a GO Day”, we will be running a 12 session programme that will run Mondays and Wednesday starting on Wednesday 10th August. Mondays will run from 11:30am – 12:15pm & Wednesdays from 2:45pm – 3:15pm.
YMCA Auckland have subsidised this course even further to make it as affordable as possible and to help it gain some momentum at its onset.  So the cost for this first 12 session programme will be $35.00 per person, or $5.00 casual.


7.  Ronelle's Jump for Freedom

The MDA NZ Chief Executive Ronelle Baker has been challenged to jump off the Sky Tower. She has agreed to take up the challenge if MDA can raise $5000 in 40 days. 

Every dollar raised will go towards publishing a book of MDA member stories, which will be an inspirational resource for the whole community. Please click here to find out more or to donate.


8. Changes to Britomart Station are happening

The main activities for July and August are:

  • Site establishment - Sunday 24th July
  • Removal of Tyler Street and Galway Street bus shelters - Monday 25th July to early August
  • Changes to the station's Commerce Street drop off/pick up areas.
  • Pedestrian diversions will be in place during works being carried out in Galway & Tyler Street.

Click here for more information

9. Do you want to help shape the future health of older people?

The Ministry of Health is inviting you to be part of the process to finalise the Strategy. The draft Strategy aims to ensure that we have a sustainable health and disability support system that adds life to years, not just years to life.  It sets out a direction for people-centred health and social services, with policies, funding, planning and service delivery that: 

  • prioritise healthy ageing and resilience throughout people’s older years 
  • enable good acute care, effective rehabilitation, recovery and restoration from acute events 
  • ensure people can live well with long-term conditions 
  • better support people with high and complex needs 
  • provide end of life care that respects personal, cultural and spiritual needs. 

The draft Strategy can be viewed here

How to have your say 
Now, to finalise the updated Health of Older People Strategy, the Ministry of Health is inviting you to make a submission on the draft Strategy.  You can make your submission by: 

During the consultation period, we will be holding workshops in major centres.  Click here to find out the dates and locations of those meetings, and register your interest. 

We also invite you to be part of the discussion online.  A range of general questions are online to start the conversation, and we will be adding discussion topics throughout the consultation period.  You can write to us at if you would like to suggest any other discussion topics.   

The consultation process concludes on 7 September 2016. 

10. Join the conversation and help build a new disability strategy for NZ

A draft Disability Strategy has now been written based on what you told us you wanted the future for disabled people in New Zealand to look like. 

The draft strategy sets out eight key outcome areas for targeted action. These are: education, employment, health and well-being, justice, accessibility, attitudes, choice and control, and leadership.

You can have your say and tell them what you think until Sunday 21st August by visiting or attending one of the workshops being held around the country.  For more information see


11. Arthritis Exercise and choosing shoes

Arthritis New Zealand, in collaboration with The University of Auckland’s Health and Performance Clinic and AUT University, is presenting a series of interactive educational sessions, discussing different conditions with information about the management of arthritis, techniques for relief and alternative therapies for people living with arthritis.

The presentations are suitable for people living with arthritis, their family, friends and health professionals interested in knowing more about arthritis.

Details for the next presentation are: 

Topic: Arthritis Exercise and choosing shoes with Dr O'Brien, Physiotherapy Lecturer
Date: Wednesday 24th August from 7 - 8.15pm
Where: AUT University, AF Block Foyer, Main Entrance, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

For more information or to register, phone 0800 663 463 or mail

12. International Asian & Minority Health & Well Being Conference 2016

With a theme of “Working Together to Achieve Better Health Outcomes” the 2016 CAHRE conference brings  together health practitioners, service providers, service managers, policy makers, researchers, community leaders and students to share their knowledge and experiences in Asian and ethnic minority health. This conference offers an invaluable opportunity to connect with local and international participants and build multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral and community networks.

The details for the conference are:
When: Tuesday 6th - Wednesday 7th September
Where: AUT Tamaki Campus

For more details please contace Cecilia Wong-Cornall on 09 923 7682 or email or visit

14. Keen to do some volunteering?

We are looking for a Board Secretary to assist with monthly minute taking and a small amount of Board administrative work.  

This is typically 4 - 5 hours per month. The Board meetings are scheduled the last Friday of every month from 7am -9am. Ideally we are looking someone with experience in minute taking.

If this sounds of interest to you, please contact Karen Beard-Greer via email for more information.

15. Parting Thought

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over"  F. Scott Fitzgerald

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