The latest updates from RDNZ and the rare disorder community. 

May 5, 2021, 6:14 PM
Media release: Health access must be based on need not diagnosis as disease does not discriminate

Rare Disorders NZ (RDNZ) supports Patient Voice Aotearoa’s nationwide ‘Lie Down for Life’ to call for better access to modern medicines for genetic, undiagnosed and rare disorders.

Apr 14, 2021, 4:01 PM
Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

RDNZ’s Chief Executive Lisa Foster attended the launch of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission in Wellington yesterday.

Mar 29, 2021, 1:00 AM
Fair for Rare NZ campaign milestone

Last Wednesday RDNZ’s collective petition calling for urgent reform of the health system to include all people living with a rare disorder was handed over at Parliament.

Mar 17, 2021, 5:34 PM
Media release: Are the odds fair on Rare Roulette?

Living with a rare health condition can be a genetic lottery as well as a complete game of chance in terms of the support and healthcare available in New Zealand.

Mar 9, 2021, 1:09 PM
New Zealand's lack of rare disorder policy highlighted at UN meeting

RDNZ's CE Lisa Foster and Chair James McGoram had a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a Rare Disease International Policy Event on a UN Resolution for Rare Diseases last week.

Mar 1, 2021, 5:13 PM
Media release: Briny brew wins the inaugural Rare Beer Challenge award

The Pāua Man Porter, a robust 8.4% Baltic Porter brewed with the addition of fresh pāua, has won the first ever Rare Beer Challenge.

Mar 1, 2021, 1:00 PM
Meeting with the Minister of Health

RDNZ CE Lisa Foster, Chair James McGoram and mum Sue Haldane met with the Health Minister Andrew Little today on behalf of the 300,000 New Zealanders living with a rare disorder.

Feb 28, 2021, 9:00 AM
NZ Herald - 'Sliding around in the dark': What it's like to have a rare disorder in New Zealand

Medical advice from Facebook, waiting years for a diagnosis, juggling dozens of specialists and even wishing it was cancer instead: these are the realities faced by the thousands of New Zealanders living with a rare disorder.

Feb 23, 2021, 12:58 PM
The Detail: Urgent call for framework to treat Kiwis with rare disorders

Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis have rare disorders but there is no official definition of what is rare, no register, no dedicated health policy and no co-ordinated support.

Feb 17, 2021, 2:10 PM
Media release: Be Rare Aware and support an inclusive health system for all New Zealanders

The New Zealand Government’s support of vulnerable people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic should be applauded - but more should be done to help the 6% of the population living with a rare disorder.