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May 2024 there is a Petitions Committee hearing at Parliament at which Louise and the government departments who did submissions about Barbie’s Bill, presented to the Committee. Click on this link to watch the hearing.

Feb – Apr 2024 after considering the petition, Louise’s submission is published by the Petitions Committee and further submissions are called for from the Ministry of Health, Health NZ and the NZ Health, Quality & Safety Commission to date. Read the reports here.

Aug 2023 a submission is sent to the Select Committee by Louise to give a fuller understanding of the current system, what Barbie’s Bill would change and what this would mean for people wanting real choice and control over their care and future.

Jul 2023 the petition, with just over 7,000 signatures, is presented to Parliament by Brooke van Velden of ACT, with the support of David Seymour.  Barbie’s Bill will be considered by a Select Committee in 2024.  

Feb – May 2023 three month media coverage to increase awareness of Directives / Care Plans, the petition and what Barbie’s Bill aims to achieve.

Jul – Dec 2022 Barbie’s daughter, Louise – with input from a lawyer, doctor and nurse – pulls Barbie’s Bill together to create standardised advance directive forms in everyday language that have all care options (including withdrawing care), a central database so medical teams have access to forms anywhere, anytime and lastly, legislative backing to make sure people’s wishes are followed eg ‘directive doctors’ to give a timely, objective and accurate prognosis.