News

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.

HDC welcomes appointment of first Aged Care Commissioner

Published: 14 February 2022

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today welcomed the appointment of Carolyn Cooper into the role of Aged Care Commissioner.

HDC Newsletter - November 2021

Published: 10 November 2021

HDC's stakeholder newsletter, sharing news and issues of interest with the health, social and government sector. In this issue: Assisted dying covered by the Code; Concerns raised about medication brand changes; Complaints to HDC involving DHBs; Aotearoa Patient Safety Day; Latest investigation decisions.


HDC welcomes appointment of new Deputy Commissioners

Published: 27 July 2021

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell welcomes the appointment of two new Deputy Health and Disability Commissioners.

Commissioner raises concerns with the Director-General of Health

Published: 28 May 2021

The Health and Disability Commissioner has raised concerns over how changes to medication brands are managed across the health system.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission launch event

Published: 5 May 2021

On Wednesday 14 April 2021, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission held a launch event to acknowledge the establishment of the Commission. 

Health and Disability watchdog’s Annual Report highlights pandemic challenges

Published: 19 March 2021

The challenges faced by people using health and disability services are highlighted in HDC’s latest annual report, says Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell.

Health and Disability Commissioner welcomes mental health and wellbeing report

Published:  05 March 2021

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell has welcomed Mā Te Rongo Ake
, the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission’s report on the Government’s progress towards transforming the mental health and wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.


HDC Newsletter - February 2021

Published: 24 February 2021

HDC's stakeholder newsletter, sharing news and issues of interest with the health, social and government sector. In this issue: HDC welcomes the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission; new resources for consumers with learning disabilities; and HDC's report on complaints involving DHBs.


Consumers with disabilities

Published: 22 February 2021

HDC’s work for people who use disability services contributes to better, safer, and more equitable care. Deputy Commissioner, Disability Rose Wall works to increase awareness among consumers living with disability about their rights under the Code, and ensure HDC is accessible and responsive to all people.