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Why consult?

Informed consultation assists DHBs, health service providers and the public to:

  • gain the full picture, understand and identify different communities’ needs and priorities
  • provide opportunities (geographical, professional and communities with common interests) to participate in the development of policy and strategic decisions, and to test new ideas
  • enhance the boards’ decision making by receiving information, opinions and ideas – as well as feedback from communities
  • be accountable
  • value consumer, community and provider input
  • build positive relationships
  • build consensus and encourage others to take co-ordinated actions
  • develop partnerships
  • collaborate in shared ownership of solutions
  • share understanding of the decision making process and the decisions that are reached – even when some members of the community do not agree with them.

Consultation is a positive process that can contribute significantly to decision making. That, in turn, should result in better or more appropriate services for a region, better value for money and better co-operation and understanding from the public, allowing people to understand why and how decisions have been made.





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