Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Community input key to the future of the health system

    19/10/2017 4:30 PM
    • Significant community consultation underway across the State
    • Public and clinical forums and submissions to shape sustainable future for health  

    Extensive engagement and consultation as part of the McGowan Government's Sustainable Health Review is attracting input from people and organisations across the State.


    Public forums have been held in Wembley, Cockburn, Maylands, Albany, Port Hedland, Northam, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, with remaining events to be held in Broome and Bunbury, and two additional events recently scheduled for Joondalup and Mandurah. 


    A range of clinical sessions have also been held in regional locations with many participants connecting through video-conference across health sites.


    The closing date for public submissions has been extended to October 27, 2018 to ensure that more Western Australians can contribute to the review. 


    Strong themes continue to emerge including the importance of social determinants of health, collaboration and partnerships across sectors, health inequities, preventative health, end of life care, culture, workforce and a more innovative approach to using information and technology.


    Following on from the interim report being published in 2018, there will be a second round of consultation focusing on preliminary findings and directions.


    For more details on how to register to attend a public forum or to make a written submission, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/sustainablehealthreview


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "I continue to encourage as many Western Australians as possible to contribute to this important review as it progresses.


    "It is great to see so many people participating in these events and providing submissions to help to change the way we view our health system and plan for a more sustainable future.


    "The review will rein in the legacy of expenditure growth left by the Liberal National Government which saw the health budget almost triple to $9 billion over a decade, accounting for more than half of every new dollar spent between 2013-14 and 2016-17."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500