Change what is visible in the dashboard with permissions
It should have select boxes for who can view this page. Consider view page as view dashboard controls.
lol i didnt see your post weyboat!! sorry, we must have post at the same time...
Then you can set permissions of some parts of the dashboard to groups or users. Log in as administrator, go to dashboard -> full sitemap, and switch the visibility of the system pages on.
Now open the tree called Dashboard. You can set the permissions for the whole dashboard, and the sub areas will have the same permissions. To show the dashboard, you have to assign the permission View to a group or user. Then you must delete this permission from the siblings which shall not be shown. And you can add permissions to some siblings.
Per example, scroll down to Dashboard -> Sitemap, switch Assign Permissions to Manually. Now you can set additional permissions for this area.
Please pardon my English, but I tried my best to explain this stuff clearly enough.