We need your help.
At South Canterbury District Health Board we really value our partnership with the community. Your input shapes who we are and how we provide health care. In July we are looking to build on this process with the introduction of a Consumer Council.
What is the purpose of the consumer council?
The Consumer Council will have input in to, and be consulted about, a variety of aspects of health service provision and policy. This input will assist with planning, promoting, and providing services that meet the needs of our community.
The Consumer Council will be a strong and viable voice in the planning and provision of health services across South Canterbury. Using the banner of “Inform, Involve, Influence,” it is envisaged that the Consumer Council will have both a communication role and a quality improvement role, with the focus being on community engagement and the promotion of innovation and best practice.
Who can be a member of the consumer council?
You! The membership of the Consumer Council will come from consumers (users past or current) of DHB services. Members will not be expected to represent one organisation but rather be able to relate to or have experience across the user groups described in the nomination form.
How do I get involved?
Expressions of Interest to the Consumer Council are welcomed and need to be submitted for consideration by 5 pm Wednesday 12 July 2017. Successful applicants will be endorsed by the CEO (or delegate) and notified during the week 17 July 2017. The first meeting is currently scheduled for 26 July 2017. It is expected that initially the Consumer Council will meet quarterly.