Call for nominations for the Family Violence Death Review Committee

15 Apr 2020 | Family Violence Death Review Committee

The Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) board is seeking one member with senior legal experience to join the Family Violence Death Review Committee.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 5 June.

The Family Violence Death Review Committee (the Committee) is a mortality review committee established under Section 59e of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.

Collectively, the Committee has the following expertise:

  • One member will have relevant lived experience, will provide a lived-experience perspective and be well networked to consumer groups.
  • The other members will have expertise that includes:
    • members with expertise in mortality review systems
    • members with expertise in legal (criminal and family), medical, indigenous, social science and/or health research and practice
    • members who are experts in the field of intimate partner violence
    • members who are experts in the field of child abuse and protection issues
    • members with knowledge of, or experience in, service provision or operational policy in the social sector, including family violence services
    • members with knowledge of family violence issues from a service user/family perspective
    • Māori members with knowledge and/or expertise of family violence issues as above, and/or experience in working with Māori whānau affected by family violence
    • members of other ethnic groups with knowledge and/or expertise of family violence issues, and/or experience in working with families affected by family violence.

The Commission is seeking applications from candidates who can offer senior sector expertise in legal jurisprudence (criminal and family). It would also be an advantage to bring knowledge and experience in child protection and/or Māori and/or Pasifika conceptual frameworks for preventing violence within whānau.

The Committee is assisted by advisors from relevant agencies and organisations. This enables information, expertise and advice to be available to the Committee, so that the Committee’s discussions and debates are fully informed.

Members will:

  • have the ability to work strategically and operate effectively in the national policy space
  • have credibility in relevant communities
  • be drawn from a range of disciplines and contexts such as legal (criminal and family), medical, indigenous, social science and/or health research and practice, providers, consumer representatives such as advocacy groups, and people representing Māori and Pacific peoples’ interests
  • be able to communicate effectively with practitioners, as well as government ministers and media commentators, individually and in group contexts.

We are seeking a candidate with:

  • senior legal experience in practice
  • wide professional or cultural networks
  • strong personal integrity and ethical behaviour
  • commitment to the issues at the heart of the Committee’s business
  • critical appraisal skills
  • highly developed written and oral skills
  • wide life experience
  • respect of peers
  • ability to engage with the other members of the committee and contribute constructively.

If you would like to nominate a suitable candidate, please complete the nomination form below and email it to Donna Cooper-Tock (donna.cooper-tock@hqsc.govt.nz). Nominated candidates will then be invited to submit an application.

If you would like to apply directly, without nomination, please complete the application for appointment form below and provide your current curriculum vitae, and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to the same email address.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

Related documents
Approximate timeline
Call for nominations/applications  15 April 2020
Closing date for nominations/applications 5pm, Friday 5 June 2020
Shortlist of nominees (following review by the mortality review committee’s secretariat) 12 June 2020
Interview short-listed candidates 19 June 2020
Board decision  
Consultation with the Minister of Health  
Successful candidates notified  
Unsuccessful candidates notified  

Last updated 19/05/2020