Information sharing schemes taking effect soon
Two new information sharing schemes come into effect on 1 July 2019, promoting collaboration across Government to enhance the safety and wellbeing of families, whānau, communities, and children and young people. The schemes are:
a new information sharing scheme introduced by the Family Violence Act 2018
a new information sharing scheme introduced by sections 65A to 66D of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.
All health workers need to understand what the information sharing changes mean for them, whether they work in government or non-government organisations, in hospitals or the community, or in primary, secondary or tertiary care.
Practical guidance for health professionals will be available in July. These resources are being designed to help health practitioners decide if they can share information with, or request information from, another agency. Our website also has additional information about the schemes.
The Ministry of Health has worked with Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Justice, ACC and other agencies to support the introduction of these changes across the social sector. .