Consumer Council

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Canterbury Health System is continuously looking at ways of improving service and the user of those services is the best person to answer how we can do that. We have a number of different ways of gathering feedback to help us "listen to the voice of the consumer".

When a consumer's experience of our health services doesn't meet their expectations, we want to hear about it.

Another way we get feedback on how we can improve the consumer experience of our health care services is through the Canterbury DHB Consumer Council.

The Canterbury DHB Consumer Council was set up in 2008 as a way for consumers to have a strong voice in planning, designing and delivering services in the Canterbury Health System.

The Consumer Council's slogan is "Nothing about us, without us", because we believe health care should always be planned with consumer involvement, right from the beginning.

The consumer council is invited to participate in, and comment on, many of the CDHB initiatives to enhance the patient's experience.  It has a regular commitment to the Xcelr8 – the business of caring programme that has been designed to develop our health system leaders.

Over the past year this has included consumer input into the development of  eSCRV – Electronic clinical information sharing, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Working Group (PRWG),  the development of Advanced Care Plans and participation in the design forum for the new  Burwood Hospital to name just a few.
Council members also sit on most of the Canterbury Clinical Network's Service Level Alliances including the overarching group, the Alliance Leadership Team. These Service Level Alliances are made up of groups of people with expertise in a particular health service. The group works together on ways to improve the way services are provided. This enables consumers to work in partnership with clinicians and health managers at a senior level, to influence the transformational change of our health system.

​Consumer Council Members​

The council is made up of a diverse range of people with ethnic backgrounds and areas of interest that include Māori health, Pacific health, mental health, people with long term conditions, people with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities, older people, youth, men,women, rural communities, people with visual and h​earing impairment and people with alcohol and other drug addictions.

 Consumer Council Bios latest May 2018 (PDF, 340 KB)

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Back row,  Left to right:  Kevin Murray**, Jaimee Thomas*, Julie Whitla, Dr Salina Dhakal, Kerry Maw, Dr Zhiyan Basharati, Gary Endacott, Dr Sarah Zino, Miles Jackson

Front row, Left to right:  Darryn Williamson, Stephen Phillips (Deputy Chair), Trish Adams (Chair), Bev Edwards 

​(Absent: Henare Edwards, Carolyn Gallagher, Toe Smith, Marg Coberger and Valda Reveley)

* Jaimee Thomas 2016 Youth Rep, now Chloe Biddick 2017 Youth Rep

** Kevin Murray Sensory/Disability Rep, now Lesley McKone

Click the link below for a list of consumer representative and meetings attended by Consumer Council Representatives.

Consumer Representation spreadsheet latest.pdf  (PDF, 198KB)

Structure of Consumer Council

Council members are nominated by consumers and consumer lobby and advocacy groups. Collectively they have a broad range of understanding and experience of how it feels to be a consumer and what consumers need.

Consumer Council Structure June 2018 (PDF, A3, 61 KB)

Terms of Reference

Consumer Council Terms of Reference 2017 Latest (PDF, 367 KB)

News and Publications

Resources (IHI and HQSCommission documents)

Minutes 2018

The Consumer Council meets on the last Monday of each month.

29 January 2018 Minutes Consumer Council Meeting. (PDF, 295 KB)

26 February 2018 Minutes Consumer Council Meeting (PDF, 297KB)

March Meeting held as Consumer Council 10 year Anniversary event

 30 April 2018 Minutes Consumer Council Meeting (PDF, 297KB)

28 May 2018 Consumer Council minutes.pdf (PDF, 379KB)

25 June 2018 Minutes Consumer Council Meeting.pdf  (PDF, 365KB)

Minutes 2017

Minutes are available for all meetings, please contact if you would like copies.

Contact us

Wayne Turp, Project Manager, Canterbury ​DHB
Phone: 03 364 4130

Physical Address

Planning & Funding
32 Oxford Terrace

Postal Address

Planning & Funding
Canterbury DHB
P O Box 1600

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Page last reviewed: 25 July 2018
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