4 Apr 2009

Group cleared over sex training for disabled

6:14 am on 4 April 2009

The Ministry of Health has cleared a group which provides training in sexuality for disabled people.

Six women caregivers said they felt they were treated like sex workers after an NZ Care training session in Nelson where they alleged they were instructed to masturbate patients.

However, a ministry report says there is insufficient evidence to show that NZ Care's training was inappropriate.

NZ Care group general manager Donna Mitchell says the complaints were from a small minority of those who attended the course and the allegations have made life difficult for other caregivers.

NZ Care says it will resume its intimate support training which was suspended during the ministry's investigation.

Ms Mitchell says the sexuality of disabled people is a sensitive and often unacknowledged issue.