- Campaign offers information to the community about their best care options
- Almost one in five emergency department attendances do not require emergency care
Health Minister Roger Cook today helped the WA Primary Health Alliance launch their 'Choose Well, When You're Worried Sick' campaign.
The campaign offers more information to the community about the choices available when they are confronted with a situation that may be an emergency.
In 2015-16 from more than one million attendances, almost one in five at our emergency departments were by patients requiring less urgent care (triage categories 4 and 5). These could be managed by other health providers, such as general practitioners.
This campaign is an opportunity to start a conversation with the Western Australian public, with information on the best care options for them and their circumstances. The 'Choose Well, When You're Worried Sick' campaign will run from November 2017 to February 2018.
For more information about how to choose whether to go to an emergency department or a GP, visit http://www.myhealthcareoptions.com.au
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Our emergency department teams of doctors, nurses and allied health staff, provide world-class care. In an emergency there is nowhere else you should go.
"However, the evidence is that not all attendances at our emergency departments are emergencies.
"If a situation is not urgent - make an appointment with a general practitioner. This will ensure our emergency departments can do what they do best - treat emergencies.
"If you don't have a general practitioner, find a local practice in a convenient location."
Minister's office - 6552 6500