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Child Health Advisory Council

The Child Health Advisory Council (CHAC) was formed in July 2010 to provide an organised way for parents and guardians to offer input on issues that impact the care of children.

The council also provides a family perspective for the Canterbury DHB Child Health Service on decisions that need to be made or changes that are being developed. The council comprises 8 parents, 1 representative from Māori and 1 from Pacific communities, 3 hospital staff representatives and a space is held open for a representative from the West Coast.

We work with hospital leadership and staff to:

  • Promote and improve family-centred care, in which the voices of parents and, when appropriate, children are involved in decision-making related to care
  • Review written educational material to be shared with families
  • Focus on improved quality in health care, patient satisfaction, and maintaining an attractive environment
  • Serve in an advisory role to help hospital leadership plan programmes and services valued by patients and families.
  • Update adolescent rooms in Ward 21 with financial support from Riccarton Rotary Club
  • Update the Canterbury DHB Children's Health website

Current Members

  • Jacqui White (Chair)
  • Tracy Jackson, Nursing Director, Women's and Children's Health
  • Graeme Webb, Quality Coordinator, Child and Youth Health
  • Helen Thorne (Staff Representative)
  • Linda Hogg (Staff Representative)
  • Bronwen Meredith
  • Megan Bryant
  • Toriana Hunt
  • Shannon Williams
  • Natalie Lamborn
  • Jenny Mosley
  • Cindy Crampton-Cairns

View a printable copy with photographs of the current membership of the Child Health Advisory Council (PDF, 400KB)

Goals and Expectations

This document outlines the purpose of CHAC members being involved as whanau consumer representatives on various health groups. Child Health Advisory Council – Goals and Expectations

Feel free to contact us

For more information about the Child Health Advisory Council, how you can incorporate family input into your project, or if you have a suggestion for the Child Health Advisory Council, just send an email to

Page last updated: 28 May 2021

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