Partners in Change – Obesity Collaborative

Latest news – how you can be involved in shaping health services relating to overweight and obesity

Health Consumers’ Council is working with the WA Department of Health and the WA Primary Health Alliance on implementing the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019 – 2024. (See below for how consumer input informed the plan that was launched in November 2019.)

We know that lots of people in the WA community have experience relating to the health issue of overweight and obesity (approximately 67% of adults and 25% of children). And we want to make sure that work on changing health services in this area is informed by those diverse experiences.

There are several ways you can stay in touch or get involved in this project.

  • We have received expressions of interest from a number of people to join a Consumer and Community Advisory Group. We would like to encourage expressions of interest from people living regionally, children/young people and families, and Aboriginal people as we know people with different experiences are impacted in different ways. If this is you and you’re interested in being part of this, see below for more details.
  • There will be opportunities to share your story or experiences of using health services relating to overweight and obesity – sign up to our mailing list to hear about those opportunities as they arise
  • You can spread the word about this important topic by sharing our posts on social media – follow HCC’s main public Facebook page for updates and join our private moderated Facebook group Partners in Change – Healthy Life for Longer
  • There will be opportunities to be a community champion and take messages out about this work to your communities to broaden the consumer voice – sign up to our mailing list to hear about those opportunities as they arise
  • You can provide feedback by participating in online surveys and attending information sessions – sign up to our mailing list to hear about those opportunities as they arise. The next community information session is on Friday 5 February – details are below.
  • You can attend forums and workshops to discuss specific topics relating to the Action Plan – again, sign up to our mailing list to hear about those opportunities as they arise

Seeking Expressions of Interest for a Consumer and Community Advisory Group from key groups

In response to a call in spring 2020, we received expressions of interest from a range of people. We are now targeting invitations to people living regionally, children/young people and families, and Aboriginal people as we would like to include people with these perspectives in the group if possible.

This Advisory group will provide a consumer perspective on a range of activities related to the implementation of the Healthy Weight Action Plan. For more information, see the EOI attachment below.

Initially, the group will focus on the creation of guidelines for involving consumers and community members in the planning, design, delivery, measurement and evaluation of systems and services relating to overweight and obesity.

As health services work to develop plans and activities to implement the Action Plan, the group will explore opportunities for consumers and community to be involved in local activities, and advise on areas of interest alongside feedback already collected from consumers via surveys, workshops and other activities.

We’re looking for consumers who have a lived experience of overweight and obesity to join the Advisory group, as well as community members who have an informed understanding of overweight and obesity and how it impacts the WA community.

Community information session – amplifying voices of people with lived experience of overweight and obesity

Join us to hear about what work is underway to implement aspects of the Action Plan:

Previous community events

We held a community information session to provide an update on how consumer perspectives are influencing the implementation of the Healthy Weight Action Plan. You can see the slides below. A recording of the session will be posted soon.

In October 2020, we held a community morning tea to meet consumers and community members who are interested in this topic. There were three strong themes that came out on the day:

  • costs and accessibility of services
  • clarity of information
  • links around overweight and obesity with mental health and stigma.

Watch a video update on the implementation of the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan

Helen Mitchell from the Department of Health spoke at a recent virtual consumer representative drop-in session on how the HWAP was developed with consumer input, and how the Plan is starting to be implemented.

Get involved in the next steps

You can join a private Facebook Group here or join the email mailing list – we will continue to share information about opportunities for being involved as the plan moves into action.

If you’ve any questions about this project, contact clare.mullen@hconc.org.au or call reception on 9221 3422.

Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019-2024 implementation

The Minister for Health launched the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019-2024 on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Since 2018, Health Consumers’ Council (HCC) has been working in partnership with the Department of Health and the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) to ensure the consumer voice is front and centre of policy and service planning in this area.

Since the Minister launched the Action Plan, HCC staff have been working with the team at the Department of Health and WAPHA on the implementation of the plan.

There are a number of projects in the first phase of implementation:

  • WA Obesity Collaborative (Action 1.1) – initial discussions are taking in spring 2020 with people representing health services, policy makers and community. These questions will explore who impacts on overweight and obesity in the WA community and how a collaborative approach could have a positive impact. HCC staff with other community members will be attending to share the diverse feedback we heard from consumers about their experiences.
  • Developing quality indicators and an outcomes framework (Action 5.1) – a team at Curtin University are looking at how to develop a set of quality indicators and an outcomes framework to assess what is a quality health service in the area of overweight and obesity. Again, HCC staff have been involved in the development of this project, sharing insights from consumers received so far.
  • A pilot of an innovative approach trialling the use of total meal replacement products and telehealth support from allied health staff is being led by Diabetes WA – HCC organised a consumer workshop where consumers shared their experiences using these products and what they would find helpful in such a program. HCC staff are also involved in the project steering committee.
  • East Metropolitan Health Service have developed a media guide to support communications staff and journalists to change the narrative on obesity – this will be launched in the coming months. HCC had input into the draft document.
  • East Metropolitan Health Service are developing training for health professionals on how to talk about weight and what support services are available. HCC staff are providing feedback on the draft course.

If you’d like more information about any of these projects, contact Clare Mullen at clare.mullen@hconc.org.au

How consumer feedback shaped the Action Plan

HCC believe it is important that the conversations are informed by real experiences of people managing their weight. We sought feedback via a survey as well as holding face to face workshops and inviting people to tell us their stories of managing their weight online. Read a summary of the consumer engagement activities that informed the first phase of this project. HCC also hosted a Community Conversation in February 2019 to look at the work done to date by the Obesity Collaborative. Helen from the Department of Health gave an overview of how consumer input had informed the discussions at the Summit last year, and gave an update about the development of the draft strategies.

A bold plan for change

 

HCC believes the Action Plan outlines a plan that is not “business as usual” for the health system. We are particularly interested in the inclusion of the actions that recognise a new way of working is needed to really impact on this complex health issue. We look forward to the establishment of the WA Obesity Collaborative and the Community of Change that will provide platforms for people with lived experience, health professionals and policy makers to work together to take positive action.

Stories are powerful

Many people shared their stories of managing their weight with us. Some of these stories were included in the Obesity Collaborative – Partners in Change Summit which took place on 17 October 2018. Here is a copy of the presentation that HCC gave as part of the opening session.

Video 1 – Consumer and Carer Perspectives

Video 2 – Parents and Children’s Perspectives

We will continue to share people’s stories with people in the health system who are working to improve or develop policies or services that will support people to achieve their weight loss goals.

See what people have said in an online brainstorm

We used GroupMap which was set up so that people could anonymously share their feedback about their experiences and comment or like what other people had said.

  • View the online brainstorm here – when you first access the link you’ll be asked for your email address. That’s so that you can be sent the link to return and view it again at a later time.