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New Consumer and Clinical Councils announced

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MidCentral DHB has finalised the make-up of its Consumer and Clinical Councils, which will provide an independent perspective on health services through their combined experience and regular meetings.

Kathryn Cook, MidCentral DHB CEO, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of people across our communities is a shared responsibility and the members of these councils are drawn from a wide range of ages, ethnicities, employment, location and health sector experience. Their input is critical if we are to make 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 Clinical Council will provide a strategic clinical perspective and advice on plans and initiatives. It is chaired by Simon Allan, a palliative care specialist.

The other 11 members are: Janine Stevens, a Māori Public Health Physician; Don Baken, Clinical Psychologist; Fiona Bradley, Community pharmacist; Nader Fattah, General Practitioner; Nicola Pereira, Paediatrician; Jane Ayling, Clinical Director; Michael Fleete, First Year House Officer; Michael Bowey, Charge Nurse; Jan Dewar, Nurse Director; Brian Field, Social Worker; and Bruce Lockett, Pathologist.

The Consumer Council is a vehicle for consumers to actively participate at all levels of MidCentral DHB to improve health outcomes. It is chaired by John Hannifin, well known for his work in health promotion and prevention of problem gambling.
The other nine members are: Indra Dulal, migrant cross-cultural advisor; Deborah Burns, research and policy consultant; Gaye Fell, several roles in community health; Epenesa Tafa, significant connections with Pasifika communities; Rebecca Gommans, involved with women’s health; Richard Karipa, community counsellor; Cam Bardell, with farming connections, Helen Chong, Past President, National Council of Women Manawatu; and Stephen Paewai, significant health leadership in Tararua.

The two councils will meet separately each month, with their first meetings scheduled at the end of July.              
Some applicants who were not successful have also been offered the opportunity for consumer participation and strategic clinical input.

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