An Otago ACC claimant support group has launched an
online survey aimed at adding weight to its submissions to the
United Nations over ACC-related access to justice issues.
The survey focuses on injured New Zealanders and aims to show
the extent to which ACC claimants get access to justice and
the protection of the law, organisers say.
The support group, Acclaim Otago, last year received a shadow
report grant amounting to $8650 from the New Zealand Law
This funding enabled the group to prepare a report on New
Zealand's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities.
Such ''shadow'' reports are often produced by community
groups, rather than by government agencies.
The final Otago report, including the survey feedback, will
be sent to a UN committee of disability specialists that will
meet in Geneva, Switzerland, in September to consider New
Zealand's compliance with the convention.
Acclaim Otago spokeswoman Dr Denise Powell said the group had
already sent a draft report to the committee, which had
subsequently asked the Government to explain ''whether New
Zealand law provides access to justice'' for people with
disabilities engaged in the statutory dispute resolution
process under the ACC scheme.
Warren Forster, lead author of the group's report, said the
survey allowed ''injured Kiwis'' to have their voices heard.
The survey would ''directly inform'' Acclaim Otago's final
report to the UN, he said.
Dr Powell said 800 people had taken part in an online survey
organised by the support group in 2012, and she hoped 1000
people would participate in the latest survey.
The survey, which runs until June 13, can be accessed at
Acclaim Otago had raised more than $1200 to meet additional
costs involved in its UN submission but about $3800 was still
needed, she said.