Beryl Wilkinson is a consumer representative in the Commission’s expert advisory groups for both the falls and medication safety programmes.
Her career, which began in nursing, has encompassed many roles in the public and private sector, including hospital and residential care. In more recent years, Beryl’s focus has been on the older person, with a particular interest in falls prevention for older persons - a recent project has seen her working with ACC to repeat a Falls Prevention/Step Ahead programme for the Whangarei community.
Beryl has been involved with Age Concern Whangarei for 23 years in Branch President and Chairperson roles, and is a member of Northland DHB Disability Support Advisory Committee and the Manaia PHO Advisory Group. For the Office for Senior Citizens, Ministry of Social Development, Beryl is one of ten Ambassadors nationwide and the Volunteer Community Coordinator for Whangarei. She also represents consumer and health of the older person perspectives nationally in her membership of two Accident Compensation Commission advisory groups.
She has been recognised as a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for her services for older people and voluntary service in the community.
Beryl has a strong commitment to the national falls programme addressing the practical concerns of older people in the community:
"I’m here to promote positive ageing and quality of life for our seniors. There are few champions for older people at a time when some are finding themselves living in inappropriate environments, where there are higher risks for falling. We can have policies and procedures for falls prevention, but we must ask ‘Does the older person have what they need to keep from falling?’."