DHB family whānau advisors

Collaborating to facilitate the family and whānau and Aiga perspectives

Whether you work in, or support a whānau member to use mental health and addiction services, you want to be confident that the service has effective family and whānau participation processes.  

What we do

It is the job of district health board (DHB) family whānau advisors to assist services to bring a family and whānau perspective to DHB senior management, quality improvement and service development processes.

Family whānau advisors also facilitate staff access to training, education and resources on working with families and whānau. Contact with families and whānau is generally through surveys, focus groups, forums, serious incident processes and when concerns are identified.

National group 

Currently there are 23 family whānau advisors working across 15 DHBs with two co-chairs. The national group provides advisors with a structure to have a collective voice, share best practice, and maintain and develop professional standards.

The group also provides leadership to the sector by contributing family and whānau expertise to national projects and initiatives in a positive collaboration with key national groups.   

Click here to find contact details for a DHB family whānau advisor in your area.

If you would like to know more about the national group please contact one of the co-chairs: Leigh Murray, Auckland DHB or Debbie Crichton, Waitemata DHB.

Handover articles of interest

Family and whānau advisors frequently submit articles to Handover, the mental health and addiction nursing newsletter. Read some of their latest articles in the Stories section below, or visit Te Pou for full Handover editions.