Champions of the community

The Community Health Council (CHC) plays a vital role in ensuring the patient voice is well-represented at Southern DHB and WellSouth.

The CHC is made up of 10 community representatives from across the Southern district. All have strong networks within their local communities so they can best represent the interests of the people in their area.

“The Southern District is the country’s largest geographic region and the most sparsely populated, bringing a unique set of needs,” says Karen Browne, CHC Chair. “We provide the consumer perspective to ensure better health outcomes and improved quality of service.”

Currently, the CHC is advising or working on around 25 different health care issues and initiatives, including frailty, vaccinations, diabetes, telehealth, mental health and digital transformation.


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