Election Asks

With an election looming, this is an opportunity for a community conversation about what priorities could be promoted to politicians and Government. We are beginning a series of partnership events with key non profits and consumers to discuss health issues and frame Election Asks. We are planning to then a) liaise with the Ministers Office to present them as Election Asks and b) should that not be successful, continue to prioritise them on our Systemic Advocacy to-do list.

Cancer Care – Election Asks 2nd September 4.30-6pm

We kick off the Election Ask series focusing on cancer care. Join Health Consumers’ Council, Cancer Council WA and other consumers and community members to discuss community priorities in the area of cancer care.  In this session we’ll hear an overview of some of the work done so far, results from a previous consumer survey on cancer care, and an update on the implementation of the WA Cancer Plan. There will be a chance to reflect on ideas that have been identified so far, as well as the chance to suggest others. Information from these sessions will be used by Health Consumers’ Council and Cancer Council WA to inform their election asks, as well as other systemic advocacy work.

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Covid-19 focused events

See this page for upcoming events relating to COVID-19

Diversity Dialogue – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and Telehealth – 3rd September 11-12.30

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The Diversity Dialogues seminar series has been developed by HCC for consumers and health service providers to explore ways to develop health services and patient care strategies that respond to cultural diversity.

Diversity Dialogues comprise a panel discussion where the panelists from a range of cultural backgrounds share their knowledge and experiences around culturally aware practice, building culturally inclusive services and discussing the importance of cultural awareness in best practice.  The outcome of the forums is to formulate recommendations regarding best practice.

The focus of the next diversity dialogue is delivering quality and culturally responsive telehealth services (in any health setting including general practice, hospital and allied health) to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, through the pandemic and beyond.

The HCC has partnered with the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC), Curtin University and La Trobe University to bring you this inaugural online event.

Covid-19 thrust us quickly into using telehealth (phone, online and video consultations) which has come with a range of great benefits as well as numerous issues, particularly for this hardly reached population.

Our panel will discuss lived experience as well as expert knowledge to explore and unpack issues and provide practical strategies to navigate telehealth with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and achieve best practice.  There will also be time to answer audience questions.

This webinar is free to attend and is aimed at health service providers wishing to improve capacity, capability, and confidence in this area. It may also be of interest to consumer representatives such as District Health Advisory Council (DHAC) and Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) members.


      • Pip Brennan – Executive Director of the Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc. (panel Chair)
      • Vivienne Pillay – Executive Officer, Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia
      • Nihal Iscel – Team Leader Consumer and Stakeholder Engagement, Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia
      • Rachel Pearce – Dietitian and Health Services Manager, Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services
      • Ella Davies – Managing Director and Interpreter, WA Interpreters
      • Dr Amandeep Hansra – practicing General Practitioner, NSW and national telehealth expert

When:  Thursday 3 September 2020, 11-12.30pm AWST

Where:  Online (webinar)

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