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Nominations open on 15 July for MidCentral District Health Board elections

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Nominations open tomorrow (15 July) for people interested in standing for one of seven elected positions on the MidCentral District Health Board.

​This is a great opportunity for those interested in improving the health and wellbeing of local communities to get involved.

The district health board is a very large organisation, with income of over $620 million and 2,700 employees.  It is responsible for planning, purchasing and providing health and disability services using Government funds allocated to it on a population-based funding formula. The DHB is accountable for the full continuum of care, from health promotion, protection and disease prevention, to the early detection of illness, assessment, treatment and diagnosis, to rehabilitation and support, to palliative care, and research and evaluation.  Prioritising where investment should be made can be challenging, as is living within budget.

Board members of a DHB are responsible to the Minister of Health.

The nomination period lasts until noon Friday 12 August, and is undertaken in conjunction with national local body elections which are held every three years. Voting will take place by postal vote from Friday 16 September until the close of polling at noon on 8 October.

Nominations are to select seven representatives ‘at large’ from throughout MDHB’s region, which includes Palmerston North City, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua District Councils, and the Otaki ward of Kapiti District Council. Four other members of the board will be appointed by the Minister of Health.

Local authorities conduct the DHB elections on DHBs’ behalf, under the leadership of the DHB’s electoral officer, Dr John Annabell.

Elections for the DHBs are conducted using the Single Transferable Voting (STV) system.

MDHB has determined that candidate names will be listed in random order on the ballot (voting) paper.

For people interested in standing for a seat on the MDHB, general information about the elections will be available on the MDHB’s website; an information booklet for candidates has been prepared, and hard copies will be available from local district and City Councils and MDHB’s board office, Heretaunga Street.

A deposit of $200 (incl. GST) will also be required along with two nominators for each nomination.

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