- Opportunity to help shape a sustainable future for the WA health system
- Chairs for the Sustainable Health Review Clinical Reference Group and Consumer and Carer Reference Group appointed
Western Australians are being encouraged to have their say in the State Government's Sustainable Health Review, with the public submission period opening today.
Public submissions are the first step in an extensive engagement program being undertaken to ensure all Western Australians, including our patients, our communities, our workforce and our partners, can contribute to the review.
The WA public health system has grown enormously over the past 10 years and health spending has almost tripled in this time to about $9 billion.
The State's population has grown by more than 25 per cent; emergency department attendance has increased by almost 50 per cent; and hospital admissions by 40 per cent.
Submissions are sought from all members of the community, including people and organisations within the WA health system, who would like to share their experiences and perspectives on how we can harness new ideas, technology and innovation to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality healthcare into the future.
Following the recent announcement of Robyn Kruk AM as Chair of the Sustainable Health Review Panel, the remaining members of the panel have been appointed.
- Consumer nominee: Pip Brennan, Chair of the Consumer and Carer Reference Group;
- Clinical nominee: Dr Hannah Seymour, Chair of the Clinical Reference Group;
- Minister's nominee: Adjunct Professor Warren Harding; and
- Employee nominee: Meredith Hammat.
For more information about how to make a public submission and further information about panel members, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/sustainablehealthreview
Public submissions close on October 2, 2017.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"One of the McGowan Government's key priorities is to ensure that Western Australians enjoy the best health care possible by putting patients at the centre of all health policy and service delivery.
"We want to hear from the people of Western Australia - people who use and work in our health system - about what they see for a sustainable future for the WA health system and how we can better meet their needs.
"Our patients, our communities, our workforce and our wide range of partners can offer highly valuable, informed and diverse insights into our health system which are often overlooked.
"I welcome the new panel members, who together will bring high level and diverse expertise and experience to the panel. I am confident that each will ensure that a broad range of interests are actively engaged in the review."
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