Child Health Advisory Council

​​​​​The Child Health Advisory Council 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.

  • Updating adolescent rooms in Ward 21 with financial support from Riccarton Rotary Club

  • Updating the Canterbury DHB Children's Health website​

Current Members

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Sarah Vane.JPG Sarah Vane
(Deputy Chair)
Anne Morgan.JPG​Anne Morgan
(Service Manager, Child Health)
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Haley Nielsen.JPG Hayley Nielsen             Linda Hogg 
(Staff Representative)
            Jacqui White CHAC.jpg Jacqui White 20180213_122421.jpgSteve Truscott

​Toriana Hunt(Staff Representative)




Jackie Koortse

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

​​​Related information

Find out about the Canterbury DHB's Consumer Council

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Page last reviewed: 18 July 2018