The Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was formed in 2014 to provide a youth voice for our health services and the Canterbury health sector overall.
The council advocates for young people aged 12–24 years old within youth health services in Waitaha/Canterbury.
We work with Te Whatu Ora and Canterbury health sector to:
- Advocate for young people going through Canterbury’s Health System
- Provide a youth perspective on Te Whatu Ora youth health policies, projects and campaigns
- Create youth health resources, including a talk series called YAC Yarns
- Focus on improved quality in health care, patient satisfaction, and maintaining a youth-friendly environment
- Work with young people transitioning from Paediatrics to Adult services
- Run fundraising events
- Create service of the month awards to recognise health professionals that are great at working with young people in Canterbury
- Speak to young people about how they can advocate for their own health and to health professionals about how to work with young people
Back: Jodie Faagase, Savannah Curran, Jessie Cournane, Isla Hindin, Hannah Bernasconi, Angus Gifford, James Griffin. Front: Maddy Tainui-Little, Chelsea Skinner (Chair), Anna Ashton. Absent: Paige Sullivan, Jasmine Irving, Luke Alderton, Nicola Scott, Rebecca Rickards, Abi-Rose Withers, Dakota Smith.
List of Current Members:
- Chelsea Skinner (Chairperson)
- Jasmine Irving (Secretary)
- Paige Sullivan (Treasurer)
- Luke Alderton (Member)
- Rebecca Rickards (Member)
- Isla Hindin (Member)
- Hannah Bernasconi (Member)
- James Griffin (Member)
- Maddy Tainui-Little (Member)
- Savannah Curran (Member)
- Anna Ashton (Member)
- Dakota Smith (Member)
- Abi-Rose Withers (Member)
- Jodie Faagase (Member)
- Jessie Cournane (Member)
- Angus Gifford (Member)
- Nicola Scott (Staff Facilitator)
If you have any questions, suggestions, or advocacy concerns/recommendations, you can contact the Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury Youth Advisory Council via email.