Members heard an update on the planning that is happening for the transformation project. The priority across all work streams is working in partnership with Māori. The team are looking to co-design solutions for communities using a locality model, looking at what is needed to keep people well in the Waikato community. The Consumer Council noted there is alignment with their priority plan and they were supportive of the project – they called for urgent action to improve health outcomes, particularly for Māori.
The chief data officer for Waikato DHB also spoke about using data to inform improvements. Council members noted the importance of consumers having access to their information for them and their whānau to be able to make informed decisions about their health. Data security is critical with consumers needing to have control about how their data is used.