Expressions of Interest: Consumer representative for the Mental Health and Addiction Quality Improvement Programme Leadership Group

6 Mar 2018 | Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

Do you want to use your own mental health and/or addiction experience to work with the Health Quality & Safety Commission? 

We are seeking expressions of interest for the consumer position in the Commission’s Mental Health and Addiction (MHA) Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) Leadership Group. This group has a diversity of senior sector leaders as members and provides advice and direction to the Commission on this programme and its projects.

Key purpose of the Leadership Group

  1. Provide sector leadership in the development and implementation of the MHA quality improvement programme and achieving improved outcomes.
  2. Proactively support effective relationships between the MHA sector and the Commission.
  3. Provide advice and make recommendations to the Commission that are informed by evidence and international, national and local knowledge, and focused on strategies to improve mental health and addiction services.
  4. Share information that supports a national approach to MHA quality and safety improvements.
  5. Foster an integrated approach to improving the quality and safety of health and disability services with other Commission programmes.

What is expected of the consumer representative role?

Members of the Leadership Group have well-established networks and the ability to consult widely. Full day face-to-face meetings are held at least quarterly in Wellington or Auckland, with occasional teleconferences at other times and decisions by e-mail, if required.

The consumer representative will:

  • provide advice from a mental health and/or addiction consumer perspective, and be able to represent your own views from lived experience and represent the relevant views of your consumer community
  • provide advice and review materials from the Commission’s MHA programme, working collaboratively with other LG members, and other agencies when required
  • promote the work of the Commission and the Mental Health and Addiction Quality Improvement Programme with local, regional and national consumer groups and health providers
  • support and promote consumer leadership capability development in the health and disability sector
  • provide strategic guidance and support to enhance collaboration between consumer groups, health providers and government agencies.

Selection criteria

Candidates will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • demonstrated experience as a consumer representative
  • established or developing networks with local, regional and national consumer and community groups
  • ability to use personal mental health and/or addiction health experiences and those of others to support better design and delivery of health and disability services
  • knowledge about the mental health and addiction/disability services in New Zealand
  • experience working in advisory groups
  • prior knowledge/experience in co-design and/or quality improvement.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Read and complete the attached Expression of Interest form, and email it to by 5pm Friday 23rd March 2018.

All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their Expression of Interest within one week of the closing date. Short-listed candidates will be then be offered a telephone interview and the successful candidates will be notified within a week of the telephone interview date. 

For further information please contact:
Shaun McNeil, National Consumer Engagement Advisor - Mental Health and Addiction.
04 912 0306
021 933 681

Approximate Timeline

Application closing date

5pm, Friday 23 March 2018

You will be notified by  Friday 30 March 2018
Shortlist telephone interviews during first full week April 2018 
Successful candidates chosen for recommendation to the Chair, by Friday 13 April 2018
Orientation of successful candidates to be advised 
MHA QIP Leadership Group meetings 2018 Wednesday 30th May (29 August, 28 November)



Last updated 06/03/2018