News

Rise in complaints unprecedented

Published: 3 August 2022

Health and Disability Commissioner, Morag McDowell shares her views on the significant pressures currently facing New Zealand's health and disability sector.

Complaints to HDC involving DHBs July-December 2021

Published: 1 August 2022

HDC’s six-monthly DHB complaint report detailing the trends in complaints received by HDC about DHBs between 1 July and 31 December 2021.

Collective action needed says Aged Care Commissioner

Published: 29 July 2022

Events over the past four months, since I took on my role in the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) have reinforced the important contribution I have to make as Aged Care Commissioner. I am here to protect older people’s rights, advocate for change and make sure they get the best, most appropriate health and disability services.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June 2022

Published: 15 June 2022

HDC’s Aged Care Commissioner, Carolyn Cooper, is encouraging everyone to take a moment to think about how important and precious the older people in our lives are to us - today and every day.


HDC Newsletter - June 2022

Published: 9 June 2022

HDC's stakeholder newsletter, sharing news and issues of interest with the health, social and government sector.
This issue focuses on women's health featuring articles on: Healing from Harm: An evaluation of a restorative process to address harm from surgical mesh; HDC's complaints profile from women's health; Case study on providing clear information to obtain informed consent before undertaking procedures; Response by Select Committee on petition asking for the right to appeal decisions made by HDC; Recent appointments at HDC.

Kaitohu Matamua Māori joins leadership team of the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Published: 26 May 2022

Ikimoke Tamaki-Takarei has been appointed HDC’S first Kaitohu Matamua Māori/Director Māori and started in the role on 2 May 2022.


We must do better on informed consent

Published: 23 May 2022

The Health and Disability Commissioner is deeply concerned about the findings of a study of medical students’ experiences of informed consent in patients’ treatment.

Transformation a focus of Health and Disability Commissioner’s Office Annual Report

Published: 15 February 2022

The ongoing challenges of COVID-19 has thrust the health and disability system to the front and centre of the public’s consciousness.