The United Nations is preparing to conduct a review of human rights issues in New Zealand. This process is called the Universal Periodic Review, and interested parties are given the opportunity to prepare submissions for the United Nation’s consideration.
Hazel Armstrong Law has completed a submission addressing discrimination against hearing loss claimants in the ACC legislation. Under the Act, claimants can only be covered for noise induced hearing loss if at least six percent of their total hearing loss was caused by occupational noise exposure. There is no threshold for cover for any other injury under the Accident Compensation Act.
You can find Hazel Armstrong Law’s submission to the Universal Periodic Review below. If you have any questions on this submission, or any other ACC problems, please contact us.
A report into noise-induced hearing loss, by Professor Peter Thorne, of the University of Auckland.
Attached is a guide regarding the assessment of occupational noise-induced hearing loss, provided by ACC.
Department of Labour 2010
A presentation by Hazel Armstrong and Karen Pullar (Audiologist), regarding the politics of hearing loss.
Consultation regarding two separate regulatory proposals on how ACC responds to injury-related hearing loss claims: prescribing the proportion of the costs that ACC is liable to pay for hearing loss entitlements and updating procedures for noise-induced hearing loss assessment procedures.
Submission of the New Zealand Audiological Society on Regulations for Noise Induced Hearing Loss under the Accident Compensation Act 2001 pursuant to sections 323 and 324.
The Minister for ACC, the Hon. Dr Nick Smith, has announced that new regulations on financial support for people with hearing loss will come into force on 1 January 2011. The regulations will introduce changes to entitlements, processes and claim management for hearing loss at ACC. This document provides vendors with details of the changes and helps them prioritise their preparations to enable the easiest possible transition from the current Audiology Services contract to operating in the regulated environment.
A survey of noise in saw-milling and wood processing industries, commissioned by ACC and carried out by the University of Otago, with the aim of assessing noise within the industry and identifying simple solutions to reducing the noise.