In accordance with section 35 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, the Board shall establish a Disability Support 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, the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the Positive Ageing 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 committee1
(1) The functions of the disability support advisory committee of the Board of a DHB are to give the board advice on —
(a) The disability support needs of the resident population of the DHB; and
(b) Priorities for use of the disability support funding provided.
(2) The aim of a disability support advisory committee's advice must be to ensure the following promote the inclusion and participation in society, and maximise the independence, of the people with disabilities within the DHB's resident population:
(a) The kinds of disability support services the DHB has provided or funded or could provide or fund for those people:
(b) All policies the DHB has adopted or could adopt for those people.
(3) A disability support advisory committee's advice may not be inconsistent with the New Zealand disability strategy.The Committee shall present its findings and recommendations to the Board for its consideration.
3. Objectives and accountability
a.To recommend advice to each Board on the disability support needs of the DHB resident population, including the disability support needs of Older People, 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).
b. To develop an annual workplan for the Board’s consideration and approval.
c. To monitor the effectiveness of disability support services being provided for the resident population.
d. To advise on the range of disability support services provided and/or funded (or contributed to) by the Wairarapa DHB, Capital & Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB which maximise the independence of people with disabilities within the DHB’s resident population, within the context of the LNI sub-region.
e. To advocate to external parties and organisations on the means by which their practices may be modified so as to assist those experiencing disability.
f. To support Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) in the development of policies and practices for people with disabilities.
g. To consider and recommend the disability support component of annual plans and annual provider business plan.
h. To provide advice to each Board and the Service Integration and Development Unit (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 relating to the planning, purchasing and provision of disability services.
i. To assist the SIDU with providing sub-regional advice, but with clear understanding of impacts on and for resident populations.
j. To recommend what ‘expert’ assistance will be required in order for the Committee to fulfil its obligations, and achieve its annual work-plan by co-opting experience when required.
k. To report regularly to each Board on the Committee’s findings (generally the minutes of each meeting will be placed on the agenda of the next Board meeting).
l. To collaborate as required with Committees of other District Health Boards in the interests of providing optimum, economical and efficient services.
m. To monitor the effectiveness of disability support services being provided for the DHB resident population, within the context of the LNI sub-region.n.To perform any other functions as directed by the Board.
The following authorities are delegated to the Disability Support 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.
Meetings of the Disability Support Advisory Committee shall be held at least six times per annum, but may determine to meet more often if considered necessary. 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 LNI sub-regional Boards.
Membership of the Committee shall be as approved by the Board. 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.
 Clause 3 of Schedule 4 to the NZ Public Health & Disability Act.