Elder Care Canterbury is a collective of people representing organisations, service providers and consumers who have an interest in improving health services for older people of Canterbury. It has open membership and is coordinated by an employed Coordinator.
Elder Care Canterbury is community based and community driven. It is “older person focussed” and enables active involvement of older people.
Elder Care Canterbury works in an inclusive and collaborative way and is a successful example of integration and coordination between various stakeholders involved in health and social support of older people, including consumers, government and non-government service providers and funders.
Currently 7 special interest groups make up Elder Care Canterbury. These are: Consumer Group, Provider Forum, Kaumatua Hui, Pacific Fono, Older Persons Refugee & Migrant Health Issues Group, North & Mid Canterbury Forums.
These groups address the vital issues relating to the health & wellbeing of older people including:
Advocating for, developing & improving access to health & social services;
Consumers having a formal voice & active involvement;
Consultation, exchange of information & communication between all stakeholders;
All stakeholders working together towards common goals.
The Consumer Group meets on the first Monday of the month, 4pm to 5.30 pm, at Presbyterian Support, 44 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch.