In accordance with section 34 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, the Board shall establish a Community and Public Health Advisory Committee whose members and chairperson shall be as determined by the Board from time to time.
The Committee shall comply with the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. The terms of reference for the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee shall be to do the following in a manner not inconsistent with the New Zealand Health Strategy.
These Terms of Reference:
(a) Are supplementary to the provisions of the Act and Schedule 4 to the Act;
(b) Supersede the previous Terms of Reference dated 2 February 2008; and
(c) Are effective from 22 April 2013.
2. Functions of the committee
(1) The functions of the community and public health advisory committee of theBoard of a DHB are to give the board advice on
(a) The needs, and any factors that the committee believes may adversely affect the health status, of the resident population of the DHB; and
(b) Priorities for use of the health funding provided.
(2) The aim of a community and public health advisory committee's advice must be to ensure that the following maximise the overall health gain for the population the committee serves:
(a) All service interventions the DHB has provided or funded or could provide or fund for that population:
(b) All policies the DHB has adopted or could adopt for that population.
(3) A community and public health advisory committee's advice may not be inconsistent with the New Zealand health strategy.
The Committee shall present its findings and recommendations to the Board for its consideration.
3.Objectives and accountability
a. To provide advice on the local and sub-regional implications of nation-wide and sector-wide health goals and planning and funding performance expectations.
b. To provide advice to each Board on the needs of the DHB resident population within the context of the Lower North Island (LNI) sub-region (being the geographical areas of Wairarapa DHB, Capital & Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB).
c. To provide advice to each Board on priorities for use of the health funding available.
d. To provide advice on how to ensure that all service interventions funded or contributed to by the Wairarapa DHB, Capital & Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB have the objective of contributing to the maximisation of health gain.
e. To provide advice to the Board on strategies to reduce disparities in health status for population groups, including but not limited to Maori, Pacific, people living in high deprivation, and people with disabilities.
f. To provide advice on robust and fair frameworks for prioritisation, evaluation and decision making for provider selection, that address issues of principles, Maori involvement and clear documentation of process.
g. To provide advice on provider development strategies consistent with service planning and provision priorities, including for Maori and Pacific providers.
h. To monitor the DHB’s planning and funding performance through the Service Integration and Development Unit (SIDU) against expectations set in annual plans, accountability documents, and accepted industry/sector standards.
i. To assist SIDU with providing sub-regional advice, but with clear understanding of impacts on and for resident populations.
j. To provide advice to each Board and SIDU on strategies and policies (including for the planning and funding of services) that can deliver improved health outcomes to resident populations and the population of the LNI sub- region.
k. To recommend an annual work-plan to the Board.
l. To report regularly to the Board on the Committee’s findings (generally the minutes of each meeting will be placed on the agenda of the next Board meeting).
m. To collaborate as required with Committees of other District Health Boards. n.To perform any other functions as directed by the Board.
The following authorities are delegated to the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee:
a. To require the Chief Executive Officer and/or delegated staff to attend its meetings, provide advice, provide information and prepare reports upon request.
b. To interface with any other Committee(s) that may be formed from time to time.
The Community and Public Health Advisory Committee shall hold no less than six meetings per annum, but may determine to meet more often if considered necessary by the Committee or upon the instruction of the Board. A quorum is a majority of Committee Members, and must include at least one member from the Board and at least one co-opted member from each of the other two sub regional Boards.
Membership of the Committee shall be as directed by the Boards. The Committee has the ability to co-opt expert advisors as required.
Schedule 4 of the NZ Public Health & Disability Act will apply to the business and procedure of the Committee.
1 Clause 2 of Schedule 4 to the NZ Public Health and Disability Act.