History

A history of Local Area Coordination in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District

1980s

Local Area Coordination was developed in Western Australia in the late 1980s.

2009

In 2009 it was suggested to the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues that Local Area Coordination be started in New Zealand.

2011

The Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, launched the Local Area Coordination demonstration in August 2011 at Huria Marae in Tauranga, as part of the Ministry’s New Model for Supporting Disabled People.

Inclusion Aotearoa was contracted to run the Local Area Coordination demonstration.

Local Area Coordinators (LACs) first started working in parts of the Western Bay of Plenty.

2012

In late 2012, the demonstration was extended to include the Eastern Bay.

2013

In February 2013, LAC areas of work were further extended to cover the entire Western Bay.

A late 2013 evaluation of the demonstration showed that Local Area Coordination was helpful to many disabled people and their whānau. The Ministry of Health decided to continue Local Area Coordination.

2014

In August 2014, the Ministry of Health selected ImagineBetter to provide Local Area Coordination in the Bay of Plenty and to extend it to the Lakes District.

Local Area Coordination also began as a trial in the Otago/Southland and Hutt Valley areas through two Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) organisations – AccessAbility and Life Unlimited.

2015

ImagineBetter introduced Local Area Coordination in the Lakes District in late March 2015.

More information

Read about the New Model for Supporting Disabled People, which included the Ministry of Health’s Local Area Coordination demonstration.