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Buller Older Persons' Health Conversation

Buller Older Persons' Health Conversation

Last updated: 31 August 2015

Changes to Buller older persons' health services finalised

Following nearly a year of conversations with the community and staff in Buller, the West Coast District Health Board will introduce new community-based positions and will soon close the DHB-operated Kynnersley Rest Home in Westport. [Read the complete Media Release here]

Last updated: 7 August 2015

The future direction of health of older persons' services in Buller

The consultation period has now ended, and we would like to thank all for their interest and feedback.

Last updated: 12 June 2015

West Coast Community Vision

The vision that the West Coast community has for their health service is an integrated health system that wraps care around people to help them stay well in their own homes.

Over the past nine months the District Health Board has been talking with you, the local community and other stakeholders about older persons' health services in Buller in order to understand the range of views about how best to care for and support Buller's older population. The outcomes of those conversations are included in these presentations:

Last updated: 5 June 2015

Public Meeting (Media Release)

Priorities identified by the community and the West Coast District Health Board's direction of travel will be outlined at a public meeting in Westport next week.

Please share this information!

Last updated: 9 April 2015

What's happening next?

  • March: Analyse all stakeholder, staff and community input to formulate options and choices re health services for older people
  • April: Options and choices to DHB Executive Management Team
  • April: Options and choices to Quality, Finance & Risk Committee
  • May: Options and choices to DHB Board
  • June: Next public meeting re any DHB board decisions

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Last updated: 4 March 2015

Community Meetings

(This event has now passed)

Come to hear the outcomes of the conversations with the Stakeholder Group set up to discuss options for older persons' health services in Buller.

Club Buller,
Friday 13 March
12 - 1.30pm

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22 September 2014 update

Community Meetings

(This event has now passed)

Next round of community meetings about the Buller Older Persons Health conversations are to be held in Karamea on Wednesday 15 October, in the Bowling Club at 1 – 2.30pm or 7.30 – 9pm and Ngakawau on Thursday 16 October, in the Ngakawau Hall at 1 – 2.30pm. Please share this information!

5 September 2014 update

(This update is no longer current, but was left here for referring back to)

The current community conversation about Buller Older Persons' Health is progressing well. Read this latest update which includes an invitation for you to take part in this important conversation.

1 August 2014 update

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We’re starting a conversation with the Buller community about older persons’ health services [including but not limited to aged residential care services], and how we might best plan ahead to meet the needs of the older population in Buller into the future.

Why we're doing this conversation

We need to identify the range of options and choices for the ways in which older peoples’ health services, including aged residential care services, are organised into the future. There are a number of constraints that we need to bear in mind, including the poor state of repair of our Kynnersley and Dunsford facilities; the fact that no further government funding is available for Buller aged care facilities; the expansion of capacity at O’Conor home; the current lack of retirement options in Buller that are available in other parts of the country; and the desire that people have to remain in their homes for as long as they can.

As this is an open conversation and no decisions have been made, we genuinely want to understand all views on how best to care for and support Buller’s older population in the coming years. This will help us plan, with staff and stakeholders’ involvement, and if there are any future major changes proposed, we will consult with staff and the public.

Community Engagement

Questions we’d like our community to ponder:

  • What do you think is working well about our older persons’ health services at the moment?
  • Who should be providing service, and where?
  • What do we need to support our older population?
  • What role should the community play in supporting the older population?

Have your say:

We want the community to be involved in planning to meet the needs of the older population in Buller into the future. Here's some ways you can be involved:

  • Come to community meetings. Upcoming meetings
  • Participate in the online survey
  • Fill in a postcard - download it here
  • Email your thoughts to
  • Phone your ideas to: 
    0800 789 001