The Consumer Council promotes and oversees consumer involvement in the planning and delivery of Waikato DHB services, and provides advice to the Waikato DHB’s board and senior management.
All members bring their own experiences to the Consumer Council. They are not representatives of any specific organisation or community.
The Consumer Council works in partnership with the DHB to:
- provide a consumer perspective
- help shape health services and make sure they meet the needs of Waikato communities.
Members are paid for meeting attendance. They are also eligible for travel expenses to meetings.
In September 2017 a public call for expressions of interest went out through public and community channels to establish the initial membership of the Consumer Council. The closing date for those expressions of interest was 15 October 2017.
All expressions of interest are considered by a small panel consisting of DHB staff, a board member and consumers/members of the community. The selection panel will make recommendations to the DHB’s chief executive for appointment to the Consumer Council.