Waikato DHB recognises the value of partnering with consumers to improve its services. There are a number of avenues where this partnership is increasing or consolidating including the recently established Consumer Council. The Waikato DHB has also made strong commitment to preventing suicide, deliberate self-harm and, for those people whose loved ones have suicided, timely postvention response and grief support according to what families feel will assist them most.
The fund can cover:
- travel costs
- course or conference registration fee
- accommodation costs
It will not cover:
- meal costs (other than catered meals which are included in the conference registration fee)
- conference dinners
- any other purchases at the conference
If the application is successful and the Waikato DHB funds either the entire amount or a portion of it, the applicant will be required to:
- attend the full duration of the course/conference which the applicant has been registered to attend (for example, if the applicant is paid to attend Day 2, then the applicant will be expected to attend the full programme that day).
- Attend one of the concurrent sessions. The applicant will choose one of the breakout sessions and attend that presentation/workshop.
- provide feedback to the health advisory group on key messages. This may be in person or in written form.
We strongly encourage you to seek alternative avenues for funding as well as making application to the DHB. It is unlikely any application will cover all the costs associated with a conference or course attendance.
If you require a support person, please indicate this on your application. This will not in any way, affect your application. If the applicant is notified that they have been successful but it then is determined that there is no space available, the DHB does not take any responsibility for this - or offer any alternative course or conference.
Priority will be given to:
- people who have no other avenues for funding
- people who have secured partial funding already
- people who are actively engaged in suicide prevention, suicide postvention work, wellbeing or associated work within their community.