Community Health Council Members

Community Health Council Members

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Karen Browne (CHC Chair) – Term commenced : Feb 2019

Karen was born, and spent her early life, in Middlemarch, she now lives in Dunedin. Karen has worked in various locations around New Zealand as an Enrolled Nurse, Cardio-pulmonary Technician, CPR trainer, Ambulance Officer and as a shift supervisor of the Wellington Free Ambulance Communications Centre. She also has worked in health administration, and more recently, until retiring in mid-2018, at the Otago Medical School. The health system has always played a huge part of her working life, and, in more recent years, as a consumer of health services. She is well positioned to bring both a consumer perspective to discussions around health provision and service, particularly around musculoskeletal and long-term conditions, as well as an understanding of the delivery of health services. Karen has worked on various projects through being a member of the Health Consumer Advisory Service of Health Navigator, and also has been involved locally as a consumer voice regarding re-stratification of patients in primary care to ensure the right level of care reaches the right people – the CLIC programme. Karen is also a member of the Health and Disability Commissioner’s
Consumer Group, and has recently been appointed to the Health, Quality and Safety Commission Leadership Group for Aged Residential Care.​​​​​​​

Mrs Bronnie Grant - Gore - Term commenced: Feb 2017

Bronnie is a secondary school trained Physical Education Teacher who has worked both in Southland and overseas. Bronnie has been out of teaching for 7 years, raising her three children on a farm outside of Gore. Most recently Bronnie has been involved with co-leading the establishment of the Gore Kids Hub project which was successfully completed and opened in February 2016. Bronnie's health fields of interest include youth and children, women's health, and rural health.

Mrs Hana Halalele - Oamaru - Term commenced: Oct 2017

Hana has over 15 years’ experience working as a Probation Officer for the Department of Corrections. Hana is a New Zealand born Samoan and is involved with the Waitaki community through the Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group, Oamaru North School Board of Trustees, Waitaki Safer Community Trust, St Pauls Otepoti Presbyterian Church, and is Co-Chair of the Oamaru Pacific Island Network Group. Hana’s health fields of interest include mental health, alcohol and drugs, Pacifica health, youth and children.

Mrs Kelly Takurua - Tapanui - Term commenced: Feb 2017

Kelly was born and raised in Gore until her family moved to Tapanui. Kelly has undertaken a number of courses relating to social services and mental health addictions in Dunedin and Invercargill. Kelly is currently working as a Social Worker/Manager for Te Iho Awhi Rito Social Service, a marae-based social service provider in rural Southland. Kelly’s health fields of interest include mental health, alcohol and drugs, Māori health, and primary health.

Ms Paula Waby - Dunedin - Term commenced: Feb 2017

Paula has lived experience of disability. She is the Local Coordinator for Otago Blindness Network, President of the Dunedin branch of the Disabled Person’s Assembly, and representative on the World Blind Union. Paula works as an audio transcriber and runs a small business offering braille production and technology training for the blind. Paula’s health fields of interest include disability, older persons, women’s health, and primary health.

Mr Matt Matahaere - Dunedin - Term commenced: Apr 2018

Matt works at the University of Otago in the Office of Māori Development where he is working on projects focussed on the recruitment, retention, and success of Māori students. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. His interest in health developed through work he did for Māori & Pacific health providers and the Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council. He is affiliated with Ngāi Tahu and Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou. Matt’s health fields of interest include mental health, Māori health, youth and children.

Ms Ilka Fedor - Dunedin - Term commenced: Feb 2017

Ilka has completed her Master's degree at Otago University and is also trained as a Primary School teacher. Ilka is actively involved with a number of community committees in Dunedin including the cycling advocacy group SPOKEs and the Caversham Toy Library. Ilka is also a mother to three young children. Ilka's health fields of interest include youth and children, and women's health.

Mr Jason Searle  - Cromwell - Term commenced: Apr 2018

Jason works as a surveyor in Cromwell. He has a Bachelor of Science majoring in zoology and ecology at Massey University. Jason has a strong sporting background and has recently completed the GODZONE endurance race. He is part of the Clyde Rugby Team and a volunteer of the Urban Fire Brigade. Jason's health fields of interest include rural health and men's health.

Ms Rosa Flaherty - Dunedin - Term commenced: Feb 2018

Rosa Flaherty is 17 years old and is pursuing a Bachelor of Law at Otago University. Rosa has been involved in community radio at Otago Access Radio. While at school she established a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning and Others (LGBTQ+) support group for students and went on to facilitate a Rainbow Leadership group with other schools across Dunedin. Rosa’s health fields of interest include LGBTQ+ rights within the health system, mental health, and youth representation within the health system.