The Sustainable Health Review was announced in June 2017. The purpose of this state-based review is to ensure our state’s health system is “patient-centred, high quality and financially sustainable”
Interim Report released
The the Interim Report for the Sustainable Health Review in Western Australia was released on 27th February 2018 and is available for viewing here. The Department of Health is convening Q&A forums next week (see here for details and here to book) and they have a survey running until the end of April available here.
The Health Consumers’ Council is running a special Consumer Voices Forum on the Sustainable Health Review on Tuesday 27th March from 5.30-7.30 at our premises at 40 Lord Street, East Perth. You can RSVP here to attend.
In 2017, 19 Forums were convened to inform the Sustainable Health Review, and 12 were community forums. All the feedback forums from these are on this webpage and they also informed the Interim Report. In addition to the forums, more than 350 submissions were received in relation to the Sustainable Health Review. Those that were marked for publication are available to read here.
The date for the release of the final report for WA’s Sustainable Health Review has been extended until November 2018. HCC is very pleased with this as it will allow for more time to engage with the community at large.
Interim Report Engagement
HCC noted that in 2017 there were a significant number of community services organisations at the Sustainable Health Review forums, and highlighted the importance of not confusing engaging with the community sector, to engaging with the community itself.
In response to this, HCC was given a small amount of funding to increase the reach of consumer, carer and community engagement. We undertook several engagement strategies, including:
- holding forums with some groups who had not yet had a say
- running several Facebook polls to test the assumptions of the Review
- a consumer survey
- networking with key organisations to ensure they distributed the survey through their networks of consumers.
We are still working on the final details of the next phase of engagement now that the report is out, to ensure the reach is wide and inclusive. We will keep you informed as this progresses.
Pip Brennan, Executive Director, Health Consumers’ Council, Panel Member, Sustainable Health Review