The Tararua Health and Wellbeing Group
The Tararua Health and Wellbeing Group has now been established and has held its first meeting. The creation of the group follows the development of the Tararua Health and Wellbeing Plan 2018 – 2023 and creates a key link between health and wellbeing service providers and the community.
The Tararua Health and Wellbeing Group will:
- monitor the progress of the Tararua Health and Wellbeing Plan;
- provide a community voice and feedback to MidCentral DHB, service providers and the Council regarding potential service development/projects/initiatives;
- advocate, where appropriate, for positive change in areas that have a fundamental impact on people’s health and wellbeing within the Tararua District.
The group is made up of representatives from: Tararua District Council, MidCentral DHB, Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua, Ngati Kahungunu ki Tāmaki nui-a-Rua and Oranga Tamariki. These representatives are joined by appointed members to represent primary health care providers, non-government organisations and the community. These appointed members are: Tania Chamberlain from Tararua Health Group(primary health care), Peter Barton (NGOs), Kelly Wylie (NGOs and community), Turia Brackenbury (community) and Sharon Wards (community).
This group is keen to support MidCentral DHB and other health and wellbeing service providers to enhance the health and wellbeing of people and whānau within the Tararua district and to listen to the voice of the Tararua community. Our local Council, as a key member of the group, will ensure representation of the community needs are reflected in their planning and infrastructure development. The group also brings together local iwi, social services and community representatives who aim to listen to the community and advocate on behalf of all.
This group will meet on a quarterly basis and will provide regular communications back out to the community and service providers. This forum will not discuss complaints about services. This group acknowledges there are many providers currently working hard to deliver effective health and social services to our area. The group’s aim is to continue to support those providers, offer some direction to development of future services and ensure that community needs and health outcomes are included in the future planning of our DHB and District Council.