The purpose of this group is to ensure people with disabilities in the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Board areas have the health services they need, and feel included in decisions about their health.
The disability steering group (DSG) has been selected to ensure the right balance of representation and has a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise or experience living with a disability.
The DSG has the Canterbury and West Coast Health Disability Action Plan as the focus for its work.The Plan identifies short term goals to be achieved in the first two years, and longer term goals over the ten year lifespan of the Plan.
Disability Steering Group member profiles (PDF, 225KB)
The DSG meets approximately monthly. The main points discussed, the advice it provides, and the work it instigates are all recorded as key messages. The key messages are public, and are also sent by email to identified stakeholders and any person that has asked to go on the mailing list.
DSG Key Messages April 2017 (PDF, 210KB)
DSG Key Messages May 2017 (PDF, 210KB)
DSG Key Messages June 2017 (PDF, 213KB)
The DSG also produces an electronic newsletter which is circulated approximately quarterly. It has more information and is addressed to the reader, whereas the key messages are a report of what has already happened.
This is to ensure their work is open and transparent and people have the opportunity to provide feedback on the work of the DSG and make suggestions.
DSG Newsletter - June 2017 (PDF, 220KB)
It is hoped that over time the DSG can increase engagement and exchange ideas and views with the wider community - but in particular those who experience disability, have some one in their whānau who does, or work within the disability sector and/or in health.
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