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Community Health Council

The Community Health Council (CHC) is an advisory council for Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern and WellSouth Primary Health Network (hospital and community health services including GPs) and has enabled a stronger patient voice to be heard across the Southern district. The CHC was established in February 2017.

The Community Health Council’s Strategic Statement:

"The Community Health Council is dedicated to empowering community voices, championing positive change, and promoting equity within the Southern health system. By fostering strong and valued relationships with Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern and WellSouth, the council actively supports the consumer engagement space, amplifying the consumer voice to enhance patient experiences and improve health outcomes.“

The Community Health Council's role is to:

  • Ensure and enable communities, whānau and patient participation across the Southern district and national health systems. 

  • Identify and advise on health systems and services for communities, whānau and patients, including input into the development of health service priorities and strategies. 

  • Ensure reports, developments and initiatives relating to health services have appropriately engaged, or been developed with, communities, whānau and patients. 

  • Ensure regular communication and networking with the communities, whānau and patient groups. 

  • Link up with special interest groups as required, for specific issues and problem solving.

Interested in joining the Community Health Council? Please find the Expression of Interest form below.