Summary of Consumer Council Meeting – August 2018
Consumer Council members reflected on the previous month and its activities.
- Members have attended Community Health Forums around the region which was a fantastic opportunity to speak with our communities, listen to local concerns/issues, and provide an update on areas that the Consumer Council have been involved in to date. Members have also been attending wānanga regarding the Health System Plan and see this as a key opportunity for the community to have input into DHB planning for future services.
- Council members have met with the DHB media and communications team to work together to improve messaging to our community so that people know who we are, what we do and they can keep up to date with our mahi.
- Members heard from the Hauora ihub team. The Hauora ihub (situated in the Meade Clinical Centre at Waikato Hospital) provides an opportunity for whānau to access health and wellbeing information, advice, and opportunistic health services. The council were particularly keen to hear about how Hauora ihub can connect services with our priority groups and those who have traditionally had poorer health outcomes.
- BreastScreen Aotearoa connected with the council to work together to widen their reach into communities and identify barriers to accessing screening services. Discussion was held around ensuring that we are using all avenues available to connect into communities that we traditionally haven’t been able to before, and ensuring support is available for those who fall outside the criteria.