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 is working in partnership with The Department 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 will be running two face to face community workshops in September.

  • Thursday 27 September, 4pm – 7pm, Citiplace Community Centre, Perth – RSVPs essential – register here
  • Saturday 29 September, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Citiplace Community Centre, Perth – RSVPs essentialregister here

If you can’t attend these events, but you’d like to share your experiences, here are a few other options…

Tell us your story

We know that stories can be powerful and we’d love to hear yours if you’d like to share it.

We’d like to know how a bit about you (it can be anonymous if you wish), a bit about your weight loss experience (whether it’s worked, or it hasn’t, or if it’s a work in progress), and a bit about how you’ve interacted with the health system about your weight. If you have had involvement with the health system about this issue, we’d like to know what has worked well, and what hasn’t. And also what you’d like in the way of support from the health system in an ideal world.

You can send this to us as:

  • a 3-5 minute video clip
  • a 3-5 minute audio clip
  • via an online survey form
  • up to 2 pages in writing – see here for a suggested template, but you can use any format or structure you like.

Send your stories to info@hconc.org.au by Wednesday 3 October.

Please note: We may share your story, or parts of your story, 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. We will not identify you in any way (by name, email address or anything else), unless you explicitly tell us you are happy to be identified.

If there is anything in your story that you believe would identify you, and you don’t want that to be shared, please make sure you let us know. If you’ve any questions about this, please contact Clare Mullen at clare.mullen@hconc.org.au or call 6311 9713

Take part anonymously in an online brainstorm

You can take part in an online brainstorming process by clicking on the link below. We’re using GroupMap and it’s been set up so that you can anonymously share your feedback about your experiences and comment or like what other people have said. It will be open from Tuesday 25 September until Wednesday 3 October and you can comment multiple times during that time – so you can check back to see what others have said. If you’d like to register to receive reminders during that time so you can keep checking to see what others have said (but no spam – promise!) email info@hconc.org.au

  • Join 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 update your comments. Your email address is not linked to your responses.

You can also join a private Facebook Group here.

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 clare.mullen@hconc.org.au or call reception on 9221 3422.