(a) The national joint consultation committee shall comprise six representatives from each of the two parties. There will be two co-chairs, one from each of the two parties. A quorum shall consist of a minimum of three representatives from each of the two parties, of which one shall be a Chief Executive.
(b) Each of the two parties will determine their own representation on the national joint consultation committee. The parties’ representatives will include persons with the ability to facilitate decision-making.
(c) The Association’s representatives shall include senior medical/dental officers employed by
DHBs (whose actual and reasonable travel and accommodation costs will be met by the
DHBs) who will be entitled to paid leave under Clause 29 of the national DHB collective
(d) The Association’s representatives shall include its Executive Director (or where unable the Assistant Executive Director).
(e) The DHBs’ representatives shall include at least one chief executive.
(f) Agreed experts and advisers may be invited to participate from time to time.
(g) The national joint consultation committee shall meet at least quarterly and may contribute to the work programme of individual DHB-ASMS Joint Consultation Committees.
(h) The Committee’s decisions require the agreement of the two parties.
(i) Communications from the Committee shall be jointly agreed by the two parties prior to publication.
j) All actual and reasonable costs will be met by the district health boards.