The Policy Place Blog

Governance and management policies and procedures

By Kendra Beri | May 21, 2022

Do you have governance and management policies? They are a must for good governance. They are essential for any organisation that is a Trust or corporate body wanting to survive and succeed. If you’re a member of a board or Trust that is too often lost in operational details, or a manager of a social…

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Matariki is a Māori tradition. Māori is on a sign held up proudly by a group of children.

Matariki opportunities and significance in the workplace

By Kendra Beri | April 8, 2022

June 24, 2022 is going to be the first day on which we celebrate Matariki as a country. It’s our first official indigenous public holiday and the first time we recognise the Māori calendar – maramataka. The intention to legislate for Matariki was announced on 4 February 2021. It became law last night – Te…

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Policy review and updating – stepping out

By Kendra Beri | March 28, 2022

The days of 2-3 year cycles for policy review and updating for health, social services, education-related services seem long gone. Regulatory change is all too frequent. So how can you stay on top of the fast-paced regulatory changes in your sector or industry with your policies? It’s important if you want to comply with law…

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Open disclosure for good policy and practice

By Kendra Beri | March 26, 2022

What’s open disclosure and how should your policies and procedures provide for it? Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard requires an  “open disclosure” policy and procedure. So does the Foundation Cornerstone Indicator 1.1. Here’s what it involves and a couple of options to address it. What is open disclosure? Open disclosure means what it…

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Online policies to get that monkey off your back

By Kendra Beri | March 17, 2022

Online policies will lighten your load – your workload, worry and stress. They can be the key to a much improved working life.  Policies and procedures rarely feature on people’s top picks for things to do in the working day.  They can often fall prey to procrastination. But not keeping your policies updated can cause…

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BIG news, Big Changes – online policies

By Kendra Beri | March 14, 2022

NEWS FLASH – Policy Place members now have options to customise and download their online policies. The Policy Place’s online policy system has been upgraded and members can now start to enjoy the benefits. In this post, we look at the new options and implications for members. Online policies Policy Place members have their own…

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Policy tips for cultural responsiveness

By Kendra Beri | February 8, 2022

It’s foundational  Cultural responsiveness is foundational for any social service, health or other agency in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It’s  a core requirement of the new Health and Disability Standards, which take effect on 28 February 2022. It’s also central to the Social Sector Accreditation Standards. The foundational nature of cultural responsiveness should reflect across an organisation’s…

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3 tips for your Use of Restraint policy

By Kendra Beri | January 17, 2022

The new Health and Disability Standards come into effect in February 2022. At the Policy Place we’re updating our online policies for our members. We’ve just finished updating the Use of Restraint policy. If your policies are due for an update to come into line with the new Health and Disability standards then now is…

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How to make policies an atomic habit in your organisation

By Kendra Beri | January 6, 2022

Listening to Brenee Brown’s interview with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, I was reminded about the necessity for policies to be an atomic habit in health, social and education services. Goals are the results we want. Policies and procedures provide a system to get there. But too often policies and procedures are relegated…

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Policies and procedures for vaccination privacy

By Kendra Beri | November 18, 2021

Privacy policy and procedure is a common accreditation requirement in health and disability, social service and education sectors. At the Policy Place we help people and agencies with their policies and procedures for accreditation purposes. We see Privacy policies in all shapes and sizes. The best policies and procedures are simple, accessible and usable. They…

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