A Life for Ashley Peacock
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This petition is calling for the Minister of Health, Hon Jonathan Coleman to intervene under Section 32 of the Public Health and Disability Act 2000 in the case of Ashley Peacock. We request that Ashley Peacock be urgently relocated to an individualised service in the community with appropriate levels of support, with a clear time frame.
Ashley is a 38 year man with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a mild intellectual disability and mental health issues.
He has been held in an isolation wing of a mental health unit in Porirua for over five years. Only over the last two years has he been allowed outside for an average of 90 minutes a day.
His parents say they want their son out and living in a supported community setting as soon as possible and an unpublished National Intellectual Disability Care Agency (NIDCA) review document agrees.
The Ombudsman and Human Rights Commission consider his case one of prolonged seclusion, a practice subject to a reduction policy in New Zealand.
Opposition politicians called for Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to intervene. Dr Coleman passed responsibility for the case to Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga, who defended Ashley's treatment.
The Chief Ombudsman has labelled Ashley’s living situation "cruel, inhuman and degrading" in contravention of New Zealand’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture, one of only four such cases since 2010.
Updates about Ashley’s case will be posted on the “A Life for Ashley” Facebook page.
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