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Thursday, 29 December 2011 17:53

Wheelchair-bound woman seeks help for servant

A Palmerston North woman is asking for the public to help get her dog – which she relies on for day-to-day tasks – back to full health.Pam Allen, who is in a wheelchair, said her dog Rusty had started to develop gunk in his ear a few weeks ago.A visit to the vet revealed Rusty had a burst eardrum. A growth had also calcified onto his jaw, which was causing the dog pain, Ms Allen said.
Monday, 26 December 2011 17:24

Holiday injuries cost ACC millions

Nearly 24,000 people were injured during the last Christmas/New Year holiday period costing the country nearly $11 million.The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) says the biggest cause of injuries were falls.Nearly 10,000 people were seriously hurt at home - including on stairs, in badly lit hallways, from tripping over Christmas clutter or falling in and around swimming pools.
Thursday, 15 December 2011 12:19

Police take hard line on bikers

A two-month crackdown on motorcycles and riders is under way across the Western Bay of Plenty.Tauranga police, with ACC and the New Zealand Transport Agency, are holding checkpoints throughout the region to examine motorcycles for warrants of fitness and registration until February.Sergeant Wayne Hunter said bikers would be encouraged to wear high-visibility vests.
Thursday, 08 December 2011 05:57

December ACC claims add $3m to bill

People who lodge Accident Compensation Corporation claims in December stay off work longer on average than at any other time of the year and it adds $3 million to the annual weekly compensation bill, ACC says.General practitioners have been asked by ACC to ensure they do not issue ACC certificates to people when they should be receiving holiday pay.The issue is raised in the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners electronic newsletter to GPs in which ACC states analysis has identified patients with an accident in December take longer to return to work than patients who have an accident…
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:53

Feedback sought on plan to reduce manufacturing work toll

A plan aimed at addressing the number of people dying and being seriously injured working in the manufacturing sector has been released for consultation.Between 2005 and 2010, 26 manufacturing workers died in New Zealand. The sector has the highest rate of ACC claims, costing the country $124 million alone in the 2009-2010 year.The Department of Labour is seeking feedback on the draft Manufacturing Sector Action Plan part of the National Action Agenda to reduce the work toll in the five sectors where the most harm is occurring; construction, forestry, agriculture, manufacturing and fishing.
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:09

ACC applies the brakes

Following a review of business and IT projects at the Accident Compensation Corporation by incoming chief executive Ralph Stewart, several longer term strategic projects have been put on hold. According to ACC, additional preparatory work needs to be completed before a commitment is made to proceed.In response to questions from Computerworld, ACC says in an email that Stewart has decided to proceed with short and medium-term projects.“[He] has asked for additional work to be completed before committing to longer-term strategic projects. Decisions on the latter projects, which include one project with a significant IT component, will now be made early…
Thursday, 17 November 2011 11:38

ACC draws on SAS acquisition to clean data

Accident Compensation Corporation may look to cross-match data with police records of road accidents The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), with the help of data analysis specialist SAS, has begun a project to raise the quality of its data, eliminating inconsistencies, inaccuracies and duplications, as well as ensuring consistent naming of data fields across the corporation’s various departments.The effort sits within a larger strategy of improved data governance in ACC, which involves structural changes in the organisation. Data quality is often seen as an IT or systems issue when it is really an organisational issue, says information services manager Jane Hardy.…
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