Partners in Change – Obesity Collaborative

The Department of Health has convened a new Collaborative tackling the critical health issue of overweight and obesity. The Health Consumers’ Council (HCC) is working in partnership with the Department and the WA Primary Health Alliance to ensure the consumer voice is front and centre of any policy and service planning.

We believe it is important that the conversations are informed by real experiences of people managing their weight. We have sought feedback via a survey and we have had a great response with more than 700 responses. We also held two face to face community workshops in September, invited people to tell us their stories of managing their weight, and opened up an online brainstorm process for people to access anonymously and remotely. Read a summary of the consumer engagement activities that have informed the first phase of this project.

Community conversation event

On 5th February 2019, a Community Conversation was held 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 in the development of the draft strategies. The draft strategies will look at the three main areas: the needs of the community, the needs of service, and the needs of the system. It will cover things like access, community education, respect and support, changing the way we talk about weight, workforce and training, and a commitment to long-term sustainable change.

The next steps for the Collaborative involve more stakeholder engagement and incorporating that feedback in the draft Action plan.

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. We’ll share the notes and further information from this event when they’re available.

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

You can take part in an online brainstorming process by clicking on the link below. 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.

You can also join a private Facebook Group here or join the email mailing list

We’re keen to hear people’s real experiences so if none of these options work for you, and you’d like to discuss another way of sharing, or if you’ve any questions about this project, contact or call reception on 9221 3422.