Disability community representatives sought for Canterbury health steering group

Friday October 21, 2016

Care about disability issues affecting your community? The Canterbury Health System, and your community, needs you.

Members and a Chair are being sought for the Canterbury Health System's Disability Steering Group. The Disability Steering Group will be responsible for progressing the Canterbury objectives of the Canterbury and West Coast Health Disability Action Plan, launched in July this year (2016).

Stella Ward, Executive Sponsor for the Action Plan, says ideal candidates would be people who have a record of active disability advocacy, or have personal experience or knowledge of issues affecting people with a disability.

The formation of the group is one of the Plan's promised actions.

"We want people with strong personal networks in the disability sector, well-developed communication and effective consultation skills, and a proven ability to work cooperatively and positively in a group environment," Stella says.

She says applications from people who are living with disability would be particularly welcome.

"They will provide valuable insight, and enhance the work of the Disability Steering Group by virtue of their connections with the community, their knowledge and lived experience," Stella says.

"In addition to the membership skillset, the Chair will also need to have experience in a governance or senior management role, experience overseeing successful projects, excellent communication skills that equip them to represent the Disability Steering Group, and be able to commit additional time outside the meetings, estimated at up to eight hours per month."

DSG members will need to commit to attending meetings of around 90 minutes, one Friday per month, usually in Central Christchurch. Disability Steering Group members will receive a fee for each meeting they attend, and may also be reimbursed for additional parking costs or additional transport costs, such as taxi vouchers.

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for Disability Steering Group membership or wish to nominate someone else (with their consent), applications must include

  • a covering letter, including whether there are particular areas of the Canterbury DHB and West Coast Disability Action Plan that are of interest to you and whether you wish to be considered for the position of Chair

  • a brief resume/CV outlining your relevant experience

  • a letter of support from within the disability community.

Applications should either be emailed to angela.heard@cdhb.health.nz or posted to Angela Heard, Canterbury DHB, PO Box 1600, Christchurch 8140, or hand delivered by Friday 4, November 2016 to 32 Oxford Terrace, Disability Steering Group application, attention: Angela Heard.

The Action Plan can be found at http://www.cdhb.health.nz/About-CDHB/corporate-publications/Pages/Canterbury-West-Coast-Health-Disability-Action-Plan.aspx

For information contact: 

Mick O'Donnell, Canterbury DHB Communications Team Leader on 027 261 4824 or mick.odonnell@cdhb.health.nz ​

Page last reviewed: 25 October 2016