DHB launches consumer council

Expressions of interest sought

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by Alexia Johnston

South Canterbury residents will soon get a chance to help improve patient care and health outcomes across the district.
The South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) has launched a consumer council initiative to ensure the community can express concerns or offer ideas to improve healthcare in the area.
Among those working behind the scenes to set up the initiative is SCDHB director of organisational capability and safety Robbie Moginie.
Ms Moginie is now calling for expressions of interest from people keen to sit on the council for two years.
The initiative was new for the SCDHB, but was being used in other parts of the country, she said.
It was designed to give consumers of all health services a voice in everything the SCDHB did, including policies.
“It’s a journey we are starting, which we are very excited about because it’s very much in line with where we want to be – to make sure the consumer voice is core and central in everything we do,” she said.
“We encourage people to give more feedback.
“The whole point of having a council is to make a difference and improve healthcare in South Canterbury.”
People encouraged to sit on the council included direct users of health services and future users of the services, Ms Moginie said.
The initiative, launched in recent days, had been in the planning phase for “a long time”.
Next on the agenda was to hear from people who wanted to sit on the council. People of various ages, from both rural and urban areas, were sought.
About 10 people were needed for the council.
When expressing their interest people would need to confirm where they were from and where their interests lay.
“We want a council that will be effective and will be able to make a difference to patient quality and safety.”
It was likely the council would meet quarterly and would have a connection with the SCDHB’s clinical board.