This post is from the Saving Downs website
Last week new guidelines for screening for Down syndrome in New Zealand were formally issued by the National Screening Unit. These consist of a leaflet for pregnant women and their partners and detailed guidelines for Health Practitioners. These have both been revised following the upholding of our complaint to the Health and Disability Commissioner in 2010. The Commissioner ruled that the previous documents could be “more comprehensive and accessible”. We also made detailed submissions on the drafts of these new documents last April.
The new documents are a significant improvement on their predecessors and an important victory in our ongoing advocacy for the full recognition of human rights for our community.