The Cooperative brings together different disciplines to channel knowledge and expertise into the national and local policy debate. It offers opportunities for the sector to engage at all levels in the decision making process, and for the sector and government to work in partnership on policy and service development.
To this end, the NDZC acts as a knowledge broker with networks across the country, linking sectors and creating tools and opportunities for members to contribute their expertise and knowledge to improve standards of care and support for people with dementia and their families.
While direct engagement with government and the sector is a way of addressing specific issues, ongoing knowledge exchange is a powerful influence on change over time. Knowledge sharing is a well-established activity currently undertaken by the NZDC through its website and regional network groups and the biannual Knowledge Forum. Over time we are building up a body of knowledge in print, audio and visual mediums that will allow people to gain a rich understanding of what is happening in the sector.