Self-Advocacy Resources

Sometimes all you need is to be pointed in the right direction. HCC has compiled here key resources and links to key websites to help you navigate your way around the health system, and provide feedback to our health services.

How to prepare yourself for an appointment or admission:

  1. Make sure you know Your Healthcare Rights
  2. Support yourself to give informed consent – check this web page and ask your doctors for a Procedure Specific Information Sheet – these are not available for the public to download
  3. What should you ask? Question Builder tool – prepare for an appointment
  4. What should you ask? Five Questions to ask your doctor before you get any test or treatment
  5. Stay safe in hospital and receiving healthcare Top Tips to Safe Healthcare (available in 15 languages)
  6. Stay safe before, during and after a hospital admission – see the suite of Patient First materials – See also the Easy English version of Going to Hospital developed for English Language students
  7. Stay safe with your medications – see My Medicines and Me questionnaire for mental health medications

If things don’t go well – click here for step by step of how to make a complaint

Patient Opinion

As well as seeking advocacy assistance you may want to add your complaint when service has been poor, insensitive or incompetent is a powerful way of improving the health system for yourself and others. You can help make the health system better and more responsive by contributing information from your experience of health services in Western Australia. The Patient Opinion website allows you to post your story, positive or negative, anonymously. The health service is identified but you can remain anonymous. This story is published to the website and you, and everyone else, can track its progress from your story being read, responded to, and a change made if necessary. The feedback is read by the highest level of health service management, so it is one of the most effective ways to make your voice count. If you need any assistance in posting your story, you can contact Patient Opinion by phone on 1300 662 996

You may also find these resources useful:

  1. Click here to download a Sample Complaint letter
  2. Click here to download a Freedom of Information Request Letter (Template)
  3. Click here for the Freedom of Information Contact List