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Consumer Council appoints five new members

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MidCentral DHB has appointed five new members to its Consumer Council.

The five members will bring a range of new perspectives to the Council, which acts as a vehicle for consumers to actively participate at all levels of MidCentral DHB to improve health outcomes.
The Council is chaired by John Hannifin, who is well known for his work in health promotion and prevention of problem gambling.
The five new members are Dorothee Boudelot; Corrections Case Manager and volunteer with youth and LGBTQI+ groups, Hilary Humphrey; Manawatu District Councillor with connections in the education sector, Philippa Brunn; member of the Regional Leadership Group Disability Support System (Enabling Goodlives), Kaylene Kani; Community Support of Hauora Māori Health and Natural Medicine and Bruce Henderson who is actively involved in the community, a retired teacher and has dialysis service experience.
Kathryn Cook, MidCentral DHB Chief Executive, said; “The health and wellbeing of people across our communities is a shared responsibility and the members of the Consumer Council reflect a wide range of ages, ethnicities, employment, location and health sector experience. The Council’s input is critical to our success in making a difference to the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau, and communities. We are very pleased with the response to our call for applications for these roles and the calibre of these appointees is excellent.”
The five new members will join six current members.
These six members are: Indra Dulal, a migrant cross-cultural advisor; Gaye Fell, who has held several roles in community health; Richard Karipa, a community counsellor; Cam Bardell, who has farming connections, Helen Chong, a Past President of the National Council of Women Manawatu; and Stephen Paewai, who has significant health leadership experience in Tararua.
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