What is the purpose of the consumer council?
The Consumer Council has input in to, and may 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 is a strong and viable voice in the planning and provision of health services across South Canterbury. Using the banner of “Inform, Involve, Influence,” the Consumer Council has both a communication role and a quality improvement role, with the focus being on community engagement and the promotion of innovation and best practice.
You can contact the Consumer Council on firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest minutes can be downloaded below:
- Minutes - 14 June 2018
- Minutes - 16 August 2018
- Minutes - 1 November 2018
- Minutes - 14 February 2019
- Minutes - 4 April 2019
- Minutes - 13 June 2019
The Consumer Council consists of the following seven members:
I’ve been involved in governance for over 20 years, including YMCA both locally and nationally. Presently I’m on Mountainview High School Board of Trustees.I’m self employed on a part time/casual basis with a background in Banking, Finance, Tutoring and Auditing.. Our own family experience with primary, secondary and private health care includes Heart, Kidney, Gastro, ENT, Physio……As the primary caregiver for our two boys, now aged 16 and 13, I’ve enjoyed the fun and challenges this presents, along with the flexibility to manage my workload. I’ve been actively involved with their primary and secondary schooling. For the past 2 and a half years, I’ve been involved with our local DHB’s Credentialing programme and as consumer for the Advisory Panel who assess year 1 doctors.
I have over a decade of experience as a youth worker. I worked with 13-18 year olds on personal physical and mental health issues which included wider family and social/spritual well-being. I am currently a home-based early childhood educator. I see all too often how social, physical and mental health issues can compound and overwhelm our young people and families. I utilised the mental health services after the birth of my twin girls. The experience was fantastic and I was quickly able to return to health. I believe I am aptly suited to be a voice for the younger consumer. Areas of interest: Children and young people, Mental health and Addictions services.
My background encompasses 30years experience as a social worker in services such as men's and women’s prisons, CYF, military camp, Family Works and for Corrections. I currently describe myself as an author. I am physically active and have two adult children. I believe I will bring my passion for health and welfare, together with my professionalism, melded with my own working class background to this Consumer Council. Areas of interest: Children and young people, Mental health and addictions services, the elderly consumer, Women's health, immigrant/minority groups.
Retired but not retiring, and hoping to do something to enhance the consumer experience as people pass through the SCDHB primary and secondary health services. My background in quality systems can be useful in assessing current and future care programmes from a consumer perspective. Resident in Timaru for more than 40 years, my immediate and extended family have used these services in many ways. I believe that our experiences, both good and bad, give me the incentive to contribute to the SCDHB's focus on consumer engagement
My personal consumer experiences cover mental health and addictions services, and recently ICU. I am also a member of CAFAC and the Clinical Board. Areas of interest: Children and young people, Mental health and addictions services, the elderly consumer and Women's health.
I am married to Andrew and we have three children, aged 9, and 3 and a son who died at two weeks old in February 2015. We have lived in Timaru for 12 years.
I have been a practicing lawyer since 2001 (with some time off for maternity and bereavement leave). I specialise in criminal, family and employment litigation.
I have had varied governance and committee management experience over the last 14 years. Currently I am on the board of Trust Aoraki Limited which distributes funds into local communities and I am the Chairperson of the South Canterbury Hockey Turf Trust.
My consumer experiences with the SCDHB involve giving birth to three children at Timaru Hospital, each with varying personal experiences. Having young children we are heavy users of General Practitioner services and we have also had a number of visits to the Accident and Emergency department.
The death of our infant son and our experiences in the health care system has driven me to want to get involved in a consumer role. I wish to ensure that all consumers have access to the health care they require and ensure that their experiences are as positive as possible.
KO AORAKI TOKU MAUKA
KO WAITAKI TOKU AWA
KO TAKITIMU TOKU WAKA
KO KAI TAHU TOKU IWI
KO KATI HUIRAPA ME RUAHIKIHIKI OKU HAPU
KO AROWHENUA ME OTAKOU OKU WHENUA
KO TE HAPA O NIU TIRENI ME TAMATEA OKU MARAE
KO ERU (NED) RUSSELL TOKU POUA NO OTAKOU
KO KATHERINE NGAHINE RUSSELL (Nee SOLOMON) TOKU TAUA NO AROWHENUA
KO ERU (JOE) RUSSELL RAUA KO JUDY SIMEON OKU MATUA
KO ADRIAN TOKU HOA RANGATIRA
KO ATAWHAIA TOKU TAMA
KO TE RANGIHAU TOKU TAMAHINE
KO KATRINA WHIU AHAU
As a smokefree facilitator for Arowhenua Whanau Services I meet an array of people trying to quit their smoking addiction.
Through my hairdressing career i talk and converse with the public on a daily basis and hear peoples concerns and worries and also ideas from the Maori perspective. I am an active member of the Arowhenua Runaka, I whakapapa to Arowhenua and Otakou and am very passionate for my people.
I currently also help with Maori health promotion within Arowhenua Whanau Services and am a current board of trustees member for Te Kura Maori O Arowhenua. I am engaging, personable, confidentially aware and live with Maori values in the workplace and taka kainga. I am aware of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and Te whare tapa wha. I like to make sure everything is tika (correct) in the workplace and the home.