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24 judgments found.


Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections v. All Means All

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2014
Court: High Court
Citation: [2014] NZHC 1433
Health Topics: Informed consent, Prisons
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to life
Facts:

In this case, the Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections (“Department”) and the Canterbury District Health Board (“DHB”) sought a declaration of their rights and duties when providing medical treatment to prisoners. Specifically, they wished to receive a declaration that they have a right to provide medical treatment by way of artificial hydration and …Read more

Tags: Compulsory treatment, Forced treatment, Informed choice, Involuntary treatment, Mandatory treatment, Non-consensual testing and treatment, Patient choice, Unauthorized treatment
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B v. Waitemata District Health Board

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2013
Court: High Court
Citation: [2013] NZHC 1702
Health Topics: Health systems and financing, Hospitals, Mental health, Tobacco
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Right to privacy
Facts:

In this case applicants argued that the no-smoking policy of the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB)and the consequent prohibition of smoking in hospitals and surrounding grounds violated their right not to be subjected to torture or cruel treatment, the right to be treated with humanity, the right to respect private life, and the right to …Read more

Tags: Cruel and unusual punishment, Cruel treatment, Health regulation, Mental disorder, Passive smoking, Psychiatry, Second-hand smoke, Smoking, Smoking cessation, Tobacco control, Tobacco regulation
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Right to Life New Zealand Inc. v. Abortion Supervisory Committee

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2012
Court: Supreme Court
Citation: [2012] NZSC 68
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Health information, Health systems and financing, Mental health, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to privacy
Facts:

This case is an appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision of [2011] NZCA 246.  Under the Contraception, Sterlisation and Abortion Act 1997 (the Act), a woman in New Zealand is eligible for an abortion if two certifying consultants agree the pregnancy will seriously harm that woman’s physical or mental health.  The Abortion Supervisory Committee (the …Read more

Tags: Abortion, Abortion counseling, Access to health care, Access to treatment, Confidentiality, Counseling, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Health records, Health regulation, Maternal health, Medical records, Pregnancy, Termination of pregnancy, Therapeutic abortion
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RIDCA Central (Regional Intellectual Disability Care Agency) v. VM

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2010
Court: Court of Appeal
Citation: [2010] NZCA 213
Health Topics: Mental health
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

An order for compulsory care had been made for V.M. for two years, which was extended for an additional two years under s 85 of the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003 (“IDDCR Act”).  On appeal, the High Court found that the Family Court should not have granted the extension and quashed the …Read more

Tags: Compulsory commitment, Involuntary commitment, Mandatory commitment, Mandatory treatment, Mental disorder
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Abortion Supervisory Committee v. Right to Life New Zealand Inc.

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2010
Court: Court of Appeal
Citation: [2011] NZCA 246
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Health information, Health systems and financing, Hospitals, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to life, Right to privacy
Facts:

This case is an appeal from the High Court. An appeal from this case was dismissed by the Supreme Court in [2012] NZSC 68. A cross-appeal was filed by the respondent, the Right to Life New Zealand Inc (RTL), which asserted the lower court erred by finding the unborn child had no right to life and …Read more

Tags: Abortion, Abortion counseling, Access to health care, Access to treatment, Clinics, Conscientious objection, Counseling, Diagnostics, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Health facilities, Health records, Health regulation, Medical records, Pregnancy, Termination of pregnancy, Therapeutic abortion
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Ministry of Health v. Atkinson

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2010
Court: High Court
Citation: [2010] NZHC 1216
Health Topics: Disabilities, Health care and health services, Health systems and financing
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination
Facts:

In 2010, the New Zealand Human Rights Tribunal (the Tribunal) declared that the New Zealand government’s policy that excluded relatives of disabled persons from receiving public payments for providing home-care disability services  (the Policy) was discriminatory and thus, violated s 19 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (NZBoRA). The Tribunal’s declaration was challenged …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Budget, Disabled, Handicapped, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Health expenditures, Health funding, Health insurance, Health regulation, Health spending, Out-of-pocket expenditures, Physically challenged, Reimbursement, Social security, Subsidies
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L v. RIDCA Central (Regional Intellectual Disability Care Agency)

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2010
Court: High Court
Citation: HC WN CIV-2010-485-1279
Health Topics: Mental health
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

The claimant (L), a 45-year-old woman with an intellectual disability, appealed a decision by the Family Court which had ordered a 12-month extension to the compulsory care order that L was under. The care order had been initially ordered under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003 (“IDCCR Act”) because of L’s violent …Read more

Tags: Compulsory commitment, Compulsory confinement, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Involuntary commitment, Involuntary confinement, Mandatory commitment, Mandatory confinement, Mental competence, Mental disability, Mental disorder, Mental illness, Psychiatry, Psychology
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Right to Life New Zealand Inc. v. Abortion Supervisory Committee (Judgment on Declaratory Relief)

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2009
Court: High Court
Citation: [2009] NZHC 1215
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Health systems and financing, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to life
Facts:

In an earlier decision – Right to Life New Zealand Inc v the Abortion Supervisory Committee [2008] NZHC 865 – the presiding judge reserved his opinion on whether he ought to order declaratory relief in favour of the applicant, Right to Life New Zealand Inc (RTL). In that case RTL successfully argued that the respondent, …Read more

Tags: Abortion, Access to treatment, Health regulation, Pregnancy, Termination of pregnancy, Therapeutic abortion
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VM v. RIDCA Central (Regional Intellectual Disability Care Agency)

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2009
Court: High Court
Citation: [2009] NZHC 545
Health Topics: Mental health, Public safety
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Right to due process/fair trial, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

The appellant, VM, challenged a renewal of her detention under a compulsory care order governed by the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003 (the “Act”). In 2005, the appellant was charged with possession of a knife in a public place when she became fixated on one of her care workers and showed up …Read more

Tags: Community-based care, Compulsory commitment, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Incapacity, Involuntary commitment, Mandatory commitment, Mental competence, Mental disability, Mental institution, Psychology
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Te Koeti v. Otago District Health Board

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2009
Court: Human Rights Review Tribunal
Citation: [2009] NZHRRT 24
Health Topics: Health information, Hospitals, Mental health, Violence
Human Rights: Right of access to information
Facts:

. (The tribunal noted that the request should have been made under the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, but accepted that this was immaterial for the purposes of the case.)  TK made it clear that he specifically wanted all the names of the nurses who had attended him. Although accepting that these names were part …Read more

Tags: Assault, Disclosure, Freedom of information, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Health records, Medical records, Mental illness, Non-disclosure, Public hospitals, Secrecy
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Trevethick v. Ministry of Health

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2008
Court: High Court
Citation: [2008] NZHC 415; (2008) 8 HRNZ 485; [2008] NZAR 454
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Disabilities, Health systems and financing
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Right to social security
Facts:

The appellant, a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis, brought a claim against New Zealand’s Ministry of Health for discrimination contrary to s. 123(2) of the Human Rights Act, 1993. She claimed that if her disability had been caused by accident rather than illness, she would have received significantly greater disability benefits from the government under …Read more

Tags: Disabled, Handicapped, Health funding, Health regulation, Neurological diseases, Noncommunicable diseases, Physically challenged, Social security
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Walsh v. Pharmaceutical Management Agency

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2008
Court: High Court
Citation: [2008] NZHC 441; [2010] NZAR 101
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services, Health systems and financing, Medicines
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial, Right to health, Right to participation
Facts:

Herceptin was a drug used to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer called Her2, and it cost roughly $68000 to $70000 for a 12 month course.  The first defendant, the Pharmaceutical Management Agency (Pharmac), was responsible for determining which pharmaceutical treatments would wholly or partially be subsidised by District Health Boards (DHBs). From 2001, …Read more

Tags: Access to drugs, Access to medicines, Access to treatment, Budget, Cancer, Clinical trials, Drug testing, Health expenditures, Health funding, Health insurance, Health regulation, Health spending, Noncommunicable diseases, Out-of-pocket expenditures, Pharmaceuticals, Pricing, Reimbursement, Subsidies
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Right to Life New Zealand Inc. v. Abortion Supervisory Committee

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2008
Court: High Court
Citation: [2008] NZHC 865; [2008] 2 NZLR 825
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Health information, Health systems and financing, Hospitals, Medical malpractice, Mental health, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Right to liberty and security of person, Right to life
Facts:

This case was amended by a Judgment on Declaratory Relief and then overruled by the Court of Appeal in [2011] NZCA 246. The applicant, the Right to Life New Zealand (RTL), argued that the high rate of abortion in New Zealand indicated women were accessing “abortions on request” in contravention of the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion …Read more

Tags: Abortion, Abortion counseling, Access to health care, Access to treatment, Clinics, Counseling, Depression, Diagnostics, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Health facilities, Health records, Health regulation, Maternal health, Medical records, Pregnancy, Standard of care, Termination of pregnancy, Therapeutic abortion
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Cumming v. The Queen

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2008
Court: Supreme Court
Citation: [2008] NZSC 39
Health Topics: Mental health
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial
Facts:

In 2002, the High Court convicted C on eight counts of sexual assault, including rape, unlawful sexual connection, and other offences against the person including detaining with intent to have sexual intercourse. C was subsequently sentenced to preventive detention. C conducted his own defense during the trial. The jury addressed its concerns about the manner …Read more

Tags: Incapacity, Incompetence, Mental competence, Mental disability, Mental disorder, Mental illness, Mental retardation, Psychology
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Trevethick v. Ministry of Health (Decision No. 1)

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2007
Court: Human Rights Review Tribunal
Citation: [2007] NZHRRT 7
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Disabilities, Health systems and financing
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Right to social security
Facts:

This case concerned whether there was unlawful discrimination under New Zealand’s Human Rights Act (1993) (“HRA”), where legislation provided financial support for a disability arising from an accident, but not for a disability arising from a degenerative process or the manifestation of a disease. Ms. Trevethicks (Plaintiff) suffered from multiple sclerosis. She could only drive …Read more

Tags: Disabled, Health expenditures, Health funding, Health spending, Neurological diseases, Noncommunicable diseases, Out-of-pocket expenditures, Physically challenged, Reimbursement, Social security, Subsidies
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Trevethick v. Ministry of Health (Decision No. 2)

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2007
Court: Human Rights Review Tribunal
Citation: [2007] NZHRRT 21
Health Topics: Disabilities, Health systems and financing
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination
Facts:

This case has comes after Decision No. 1 and before the judgment of the High Court. The Plaintiff challenged the government’s interpretation of the definition of “disability” in s.21(1)(h) of the Human Rights Act (“HRA”). The New Zealand government distributed different levels of funding to people with the same types of disabilities depending on the …Read more

Tags: Disabled, Handicapped, Health funding, Health regulation, Physically challenged
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Sestan v. Director of Area Mental Health Services Waitemata District Health Board

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2006
Court: Court of Appeal
Citation: [2006] NZCA 350; [2007] 1 NZLR 767
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Mental health
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

Mr. Sestan had depression and bipolar/schizoaffective disorder, which included manic stages where he would be psychotic. He had been admitted to hospital for his condition numerous times. After a suspected manic episode where Mr. Sestan attempted to force another car off the road and bought two apartment, Mr. Sestan went to the emergency department for …Read more

Tags: Bipolar, Compulsory commitment, Compulsory confinement, Depression, Involuntary commitment, Involuntary confinement, Mandatory commitment, Mandatory confinement, Mental disorder, Mental illness, Mental institution, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia
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Huitema v. PGK

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2005
Court: Family Court
Citation: FAM-2005-009-003589
Health Topics: Mental health, Violence
Human Rights: Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

PGK, age 56, was convicted for a sexual violation and placed in a compulsory care facility pursuant to the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003 for a period of three years. PGK has been in the care facility for the past 18 months. PGK has a history of sexual offenses and felonious behavior and …Read more

Tags: Community-based care, Compulsory commitment, Compulsory treatment, Health care workers, Involuntary commitment, Involuntary treatment, Mandatory commitment, Mandatory treatment, Mental disability, Mental illness, Mental institution, Sexual abuse, Sexual assault
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Waitemata Health v. Attorney-General

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2001
Court: Court of Appeal
Citation: [2001] NZCA 312; [2001] NZFLR 1122; (2001) 21 FRNZ 216
Health Topics: Mental health, Public safety, Violence
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

The appellant, H, had a history of sexually violent behavior toward women, and he experienced his first imprisonment and compulsory treatment order in 1998. H had been receiving treatment at the Mason Clinic since prisoners were not permitted outpatient community treatment. In 1999, H completed his prison sentence, but none of his physicians initiated proceedings …Read more

Tags: Community-based care, Compulsory commitment, Involuntary commitment, Mandatory commitment, Mental disability, Mental disorder, Mental illness, Mental institution, Psychiatry, Psychology, Sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Sexual violence, Sociopath, Threat of violence, Violence against women
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Living World Distributors Ltd. v. Human Rights Action Group Inc. (Wellington)

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2000
Court: Court of Appeal
Citation: [2001] 2 LRC 233
Health Topics: HIV/AIDS, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Freedom of expression
Facts:

Living World Distributors (“LWD”) attempted to import two videos from the USA into New Zealand. The videos, which discussed aspects of homosexuality, opposed the granting of special rights to homosexuals and stated that homosexuality is one of the causes of the spread of HIV/AIDS. The videos were deemed suitable for audiences over 16 years old …Read more

Tags: AIDS, Bisexual, Gay, Gender identity, HIV, Homosexual, Lesbian, LGBTI, Queer, Sexual orientation, Transgender
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A v. New Zealand

Country: New Zealand
Year: 1999
Court: United Nations Human Rights Committee
Citation: U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/66/D/754/1997 (Aug. 3, 1999).
Health Topics: Mental health
Human Rights: Right to due process/fair trial, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

The applicant had developed an obsession with a young woman he had met and had begun pursuing her persistently. He was convicted of assault after grabbing her by the wrists to make her stop and talk to him. He was subsequently examined by a psychiatrist and was diagnosed as having elements of a paranoid personality. …Read more

Tags: Compulsory confinement, Involuntary confinement, Mental disorder, Paranoia, Psychiatry
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Shortland v. Northland Health Ltd.

Country: New Zealand
Year: 1998
Court: High Court
Citation: Shortland v. Northland Health Ltd., [1998] 1 NZLR 433 (HC) (N.Z.).
Health Topics: Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, Health care and health services
Human Rights: Right to life
Facts:

W suffered from Type II diabetes and was admitted to the hospital of the respondent (Northland Health Ltd) with chronic renal failure and brain damage in September 1996. He was discharged after he received dialysis and his condition improved. He was readmitted to hospital in June 1997 with end stage renal failure, the only cure …Read more

Tags: Access to health care, Access to treatment, Kidney disease, Noncommunicable diseases
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Julian, et al. v. New Zealand

Country: New Zealand
Year: 1997
Court: United Nations Human Rights Committee
Citation: Communication No. 601/1994
Health Topics: Disabilities, Health systems and financing
Facts:

Julian (J), a former fighter pilot, and Drake (D), who had become a naturalized New Zealand citizen in 1964, had been incarcerated by Japan during the Second World War in conditions where torture and maltreatment took place regularly. It was claimed that, as a direct consequence of this, they still suffered residual disabilities and incapacities. …Read more

Tags: Differently abled, Disabled, Handicapped, Health expenditures, Health funding, Health spending
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Lawson v. Housing New Zealand

Country: New Zealand
Year: 1996
Court: High Court
Citation: M.538/94
Health Topics: Aging
Human Rights: Right to health, Right to housing, Right to social security
Facts:

From 1990 onwards, the government implemented a policy whereby houses formerly owned by the state were transferred to Housing New Zealand (HNZ) (the first defendant), a corporate body with strong parallels to a state-owned enterprise, and their rents were progressively increased from their former subsidised level towards market rents. The plaintiff, a tenant of HNZ, …Read more

Tags: Aged persons, Elderly, Older persons, Senior citizens
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