What we do
Established in 2017, the Wairarapa District Health Board Consumer Council works in partnership with the DHB as an advisory body, enabling those who use health services to offer their collective perspective into health services planning, delivery and evaluation at all levels of the organisation. The Council provides a strong and viable voice for the community and consumers of health services, with the aim of enhancing the Wairarapa community's experience of health services and service integration, promoting equitable outcomes and ensuring services are organised around the needs of people.
The Council identifies and advises on issues requiring consumer and community participation; participates, reviews and advises on reports, developments and initiatives relating to health service delivery and the availability and/or distribution of health-related information; and ensures regular communication and networking takes place with the community and relevant consumer groups.
It also links with special interest groups as required for specific issues and problem solving.
Chair, Wairarapa Health Consumer Council
Mena Antonio lives in Wairarapa with her husband Richard. Along with raising cattle and sheep on a few acres they have proudly raised two daughters who have recently left home for university. Being self-employed affords Mena the flexibility to also work in the community in various volunteer, appointed and elected roles. Her values are inherited from her parents, who were devoted to their church and caring for struggling Pacific families. Having a professional legal and communication background serves Mena well in current governance roles, which oversee social housing, community funding and major public artworks. Until recently she was a member of the 3DHB Strategic Pacific Health Advisory Group.
Sarah has a background in social work with vast experience in youth development and community development. She has worked within the Wairarapa communities for over 16 years now in varying community and government sector roles. As a working mum with two little people at the centre of her world, I present a true reflection of my strong family values.
Linda Penlington has lived in the Wairarapa since 2003. Linda lives in Carterton and owns Gain Momentum, the yoga Tai Chi and Pilates studio. Linda has been the Sands NZ (bereaved parents support) representative in the Wairarapa since 2007. This work in our community led to becoming a Consumer Representative for the Health Quality amd Safety Commission in an advisory capacity in Perinatal amd Maternal health, all since 2009.
Marlene is an outreach Community Health Worker at Whaiora, with seven years of experience and a focus to reduce inequalities in health. She graduated at Te Wangana O Aotearoa with a Social Work Cert and is currently studying at Massey University to complete her Public Health (Health Promotion) Cert, this year. Marlene is excited about her role on the Health Consumer Council for Wairarapa DHB and is dedicated to making services more accessible for whanau in the Wairarapa.
Teacher at Lakeview School
Board Chair of Learn 'N' Live Trust
Pene is a rural Wairarapa resident with a passion for consumers involvement in their community health service planning and delivery. She has a particular interest in mental health and addiction inititives, and has worked with other local people to develop the Wairarapa Mental Health and Addiction Consumer Network and Leadership Group.
Diana has a wide range of experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors culminating in a governance role as DHB member. Of specific note. She has wide experience in community consultation. On a personal level, Diana has an interest in seeing better access to services in dermatology and rare disease.
Experience: Advisory, community consultation, managing community organisations, governance, worked in health in Public / Private.
The Consumer Council is designed to enhance consumer experience and service integration across the health sector, promote equity and ensure that services are organised around the needs of people. The Council will provide a strong consumer voice and advise the DHB and PHO board and management.