Month: July 2022

Eating Disorders Lived Experience Network – WA

The Eating Disorders Lived Experience Network is a group with lived experience of eating disorders that connect regularly to share their experiences and to discuss how they can advocate for bettering treatment options and outcomes, clinical service, recovery support, and access to services in WA.

This group is an informal group that meets virtually once a month with presentations by guest speakers, and is moving towards regular in person Support Group meetings. The group is self-organising and is co-ordinated by group members, not the Health Consumers’ Council.

If you have lived experience of eating disorder, a clinical diagnosis and are interested in being added to the email circulation list for this group, please contact to be put in touch with the group.

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Consumer update on Sustainable Health Review workforce recommendations

Sustainable Health Review – update on health workforce issues

The Sustainable Health Review is a wide reaching and ambitious reform program. After an extensive consultation process the Review was published in 2019 and includes 30 recommendations, organised into eight enduring strategies.

Some of the work was paused as the health system responded to the COVID pandemic, but as we move towards living with COVID we’re starting to see action and progress on a number of the recommendations. You can see more about HCC’s involvement in this work at

Issues relating to the workforce and culture of the health system were included in the Review, and there are five recommendations that cover these issues.

Find out more about health workforce issues

Health Consumers’ Council hosted a consumer information session to share what we know about work that is happening as part of the Sustainable Health Review on workforce issues.

  • Click here to see the slides from that information session
  • Click here to view the Zoom recording of that information session

Consumers have their say

Health Consumers’ Council hosted two consumer consultations for the Department of Health on one of the recommendations on this topic on 26 July 2022.

Recommendation 26 – Build capability in workforce planning and formally partner with universities, vocational training institutes and professional colleges to shape the skills and curriculum to develop the health and social care workforce of the future.

You can view the post-its that were created as part of these online discussions

Session 1 – focus on regional perspectives

Click the links below to see the dot points for these topics


Session 2 – focus on metro perspectives

Click the links below to see the dot points for these topics


To be added to a mailing list to be kept informed about this work, contact Clare Mullen

(Last updated 29/07/22)


Position statement – Roe vs Wade decision in the US

The Health Consumers’ Council of WA unequivocally stands for the rights of all people to access legal, safe, timely and compassionate abortion care as essential healthcare.

Today we join many people and organisations across Australia and add our signature to the Australia position statement on the Roe v Wade decision in the US published by Children by Choice.

We welcome the statement by the WA Minister for Health in support of reproductive rights and equitable access to abortion for women and people with uteruses across Australia. We support the WA safe access zone legislation that protects the rights of people accessing abortions to do so safely and free from harassment or intimidation.

However, we know that accessing free, high quality, comprehensive abortion care in WA can be difficult for some people. Factors including where someone lives, their financial situation, the availability of clear, accessible and culturally appropriate health information, and the availability and affordability of healthcare, can all impact on someone’s ability to access the care they need. We also know from MSI Australia that First Nations’ peoples, trans and gender diverse peoples, members of migrant and refugee communities, people on temporary visas, and people with disabilities can face additional barriers to abortion care that are further impacted by age, economic status, stigma and discrimination.

We will continue to speak up – alongside our partners in WA – for improved, ongoing, timely and affordable access to these vital health services for all.

Health Consumers’ Council WA provides advocacy support to people accessing health services in WA. See