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The November 2019 edition of Health Matters takes a look at engagement.

The Sustainable Health Review’s Recommendation Four heralded the opportunity for “new ways of engaging” and we are keenly awaiting the chance to be part of implementation innovation in engagement. We saw this edition of Health Matters as an opportunity to reflect on current models that are working well and set out our stall for what’s important, such as really doing co-design in services, rather than undertaking consulting and dressing it up as co-design. We acknowledge that engagement is a complex, iterative process, and that’s why we wanted to highlight some of the engagement efforts that are achieving great things.

We envision a “positive, effective community movement in health”, we want people who are interested in becoming part of creating a better health system to think like a “critical friend” – someone who provides important feedback on being a health consumer, but also someone who gives constructive feedback and builds a positive conversation. Someone who can tell their own story effectively, but also move beyond their story to speak up for the people who may not be at the table. This edition includes lots of resources for anyone interested in becoming a consumer, carer or community representative, and I hope it inspires you to become more actively involved in the health system.

– Pip Brennan, Executive Director, Health Consumers’ Council

Previous Editions Of Health Matters Magazine:

Health Matters August 2019 – Self Advocacy and Peer Support

Health Matters April 2019 – Patient Experience Week

Health Matters December 2018 – Celebrating People in Healthcare

Health Matters Issue 3 2018 – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Edition

Health Matters Issue 2 2018 – Men’s Health

Health Matters Issue 1 2018 – Patient Experience Week Special Edition

Health Matters Issue 2_2017 – Womens Health

Health Matters Issue 1 2017 – Oral Health

Health Matters Issue 4 2016  – Mental Health

Health Matters Issue 3 2016 – Cancer Survivorship

Health Matters Issue 2 2016 – Your Health Information

Health Matters Summer 2016 – Patient Experience

Health Matters Spring 2015 – Outpatient Care

Health Matters Winter 2015 – Maternal & Child Health

Health Matters Autumn 2015 – End of Life Care

Health Matters Summer 2015

Health Matters Spring 2014

Health Matters Winter 2014

Health Matters Autumn 2014

Health Matters Summer 2014

Health Matters Spring 2013

Health Matters Winter 2013

(For older issues of Health Matters, please contact the Health Consumers’ Council on (08) 9221 3422 or email