- 10 community consultation forums to be held throughout Western Australia in September and October
- Opportunity to help shape a sustainable future for the WA health system
- All Western Australians welcome to attend
Western Australians are being encouraged to help shape the future of their health system, with 10 public forums for the Sustainable Health Review to be held throughout the State this month and in October.
The public forums are the next step in an extensive engagement program being undertaken to ensure all Western Australians can contribute to the review. Public submissions are also open.
The WA public health system has grown enormously over the past 10 years and health spending has more than doubled in this time to about $9 billion.
WA's population has grown by more than 25 per cent, emergency department attendance has increased by almost 50 per cent and hospital admissions have grown by 40 per cent.
The Sustainable Health Review examines the way health services are delivered to Western Australians to ensure that future generations will receive high-quality, patient-centred and sustainable health care.
The forums will be held in Perth, Broome, Bunbury, Albany, Northam, Port Hedland, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.
For more details on how to register to attend a public forum or to make a public submission, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/sustainablehealthreview
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The Sustainable Health Review forums are a fantastic opportunity for the public to have their say about the future of WA's vibrant health system.
"As our population grows and ages, so too does the demand on our health services.
"The Sustainable Health Review isn't about cost-cutting. It is about identifying better, more sustainable ways of delivering people-centred health services to our growing population.
"We need fresh thinking and innovative ideas to ensure we continue to provide safe, high-quality and efficient health care. This includes using improvements in technology and making sure we work with other agencies and organisations to provide better health outcomes for everyone.
"I encourage as many Western Australians as possible to contribute to this important review."
Minister's office - 6552 6500