Community, Whānau and Patient Advisors

Community, Whānau and Patient Advisors

Community, Whānau and Patient Advisors

Do you want to get involved to improve health care in the Southern district? Do you want to have a say in how things happen and help the Southern health system understand what you need from health services?

Community, whānau and patient advisors are people who collaborate with health staff to bring about health reforms.

A community, whānau and patient advisor operates at a high level within the Southern health system interacting and influencing staff and participating in co-design aimed at improvements in planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of health services.

The people we are looking for want to be involved in the decisions made by the health service – with the aim of building a better health service for everyone.

If that sounds like you, please fill out this form

Return by email to or post to Southern DHB, Private Bag 1921, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand.


How can advisors participate in a project?

  • The Community Health Council (CHC) maintains a database of people who want to be engaged and support our health system here in the Southern district.
  • The database will help identify advisors who are best suited for particular projects based on their areas of interest, experience and available time.
  • People on the database will be called up to participate when areas of interest are matched to a specific project. The Project Team will confirm which Advisor(s). It is expected this will operate much like a jury service.

For more information about this way of working please contact the Community Health & Clinical Council’s Facilitator Charlotte Adank:

Phone:                 (03) 476 9778

Mobile:                027 2017 852