On 1 July 2019 two new information sharing schemes resulting from changes to the Family Violence Act 2018 and the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 came into force.
These promote collaboration across government to better enable the safety and wellbeing of families, whānau, communities and children and young people in care.
All health workers whether they work in government or non-government organisations, in hospitals or the community, or in primary, secondary or tertiary care need to understand what the information sharing changes mean for them.
Support to introduce the 1 July changes
The Ministry of Health has designed a practical guide for health professionals to support decision making regarding the sharing of information.
The Ministry has also been working together, with Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Justice, ACC and other agencies, on resources to support these new information sharing schemes.
Overview of the Family Violence Act 2018 information sharing provisions (docx, 36 KB), (pdf, 421 KB)
- Overview of changes to the information sharing provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 (docx, 36.8 KB), (pdf, 139 KB)
In addition the Ministry of Justice and Oranga Tamariki have published two separate but aligned documents on their websites to support the introduction of the new information sharing schemes.