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Safer Walking Framework

"Supporting, educating and reducing the risk of people that, potentially or actually, get lost of go missing due to cognitive impairment in NZ." 

This page is a resource centre for members of the safer walking stakeholder reference group. If you have resources to be added to this page, please contact the Secretariat.

The purpose of developing this ‘Safer Walking’ strategy is to enhance connectivity and awareness of the ‘safer walking’ (known by SAR agencies as ‘wander’) sector in order to achieve greater alignment and coordination in the support and provision of services for people with cognitive impairment who potentially and actually get lost or go missing.

Safer Walking (Wander) Partnership Framework (March 2013) 

Supporting the Framework

"To collectively engage and provide sector leadership and governance, in order to achieve positive outcomes for the wander sector." 

The Safer Walking Stakeholder Reference Group provides collective leadership to the safer walking sector.

Safer Walking Stakeholder Reference Group - Terms of Reference (December 2013)

LandSAR NZ provides coordination and support to the Reference Group, and to the groups involved with safer walking and the wander search system.

Safer Walking / Wander Search

WanderSearch NZ

NZ Police and Alzheimers NZ MOU (August 2011)

The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) has provided advice on the ethical issues associated with the use of tracking devices for people living with dementia. The use of this technology is a positive step, but needs to be considered on a case by case basis. The full advice is available here.  

Safer Walking Profile

The Safer Walking Profile is a risk reduction tool designed for anyone who is at risk of going missing when walking. The Safer Walking Profile form contains vital information about the person at risk which can be given to police at the time the person is reported as missing.

Safer Walking Profile - Information and FAQs

Safer Walking Profile - Form

Current Member Organisations of the SWSRG

  • Age Concern
  • Alzheimer's NZ
  • Autism NZ
  • Dementia NZ
  • Disabled Persons Assembly
  • Grey Power
  • Health Care NZ group
  • Home and Community Health Association
  • Idea (IHC)
  • LandSAR NZ
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • NZ Police
  • Retirement Village Association
  • Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

WSRG meeting - December 2013


NZSAR has hosted workshops focusing on wander issues:

Safer Walking - Wander Workshop (November 2019) - Notes

Wander Symposium (August 2014) - Presentations

Wander Symposium (August 2014) - Notes

Wander Workshop (March 2010) - Presentations

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