Department of Health, WA

Welcome to the online consultation hub for the Department of Health, Western Australia.

This hub is a place for you to participate in online consultations in the areas of public health and clinical services, planning for frameworks, policy and guidelines.

Check this page regularly to have your say on consultations that are of interest.

We look forward to your engagement and receiving feedback to improve the way health services are delivered in Western Australia.

Open consultations are displayed below, alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode and interests.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

HealthPolicy.HealthPolicy@health.wa.gov.au

 

Open Consultations

  • Establishing Containers for Change at the Department of Health, May Holman Building

    Corporate Services is establishing Containers for Change for staff located at the May Holman Building to recycle their empty cans and drink containers, and to divert more waste from landfill and reduce the Department's environmental footprint. The funds earned will be donated to a charity... More

    Closes 16 December 2022

  • Community Consultation: Abortion Legislation in Western Australia

    In 1998, Western Australia (WA) became the first Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise abortion. In WA abortions can be legally performed if certain requirements have been met. These requirements are set out in the Criminal Code Compliation Act 1913 and the Health (Miscellaneous... More

    Closes 17 December 2022

Closed Consultations

  • Bring Your Own Device Policy and Procedure

    The Department of Health is committed to the protection of WA health system data, information and systems. As part of this commitment, a new Department of Health Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy and Procedure has been prepared and is open for consultation. The policy sets out requirements... More

    Closed 15 November 2022

  • Corporate Mobile Devices Policy

    A new Department of Health Corporate Mobile Devices Policy has been prepared and is open for consultation. The policy sets out requirements for the control and use of mobile devices owned by the Department of Health and for the provision of department funded mobile devices and data ... More

    Closed 15 November 2022

  • Regulation of nitrous oxide supply

    The key focus of this consultation is to obtain feedback about proposals to amend the Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016, to include additional controls over the supply of nitrous oxide. The consultation survey asks your opinion about various proposed options for... More

    Closed 11 November 2022

  • 2021-2022 Food Act 2008 and Public Health Act 2016 Reporting

    Local Government enforcement agencies are required to report to the Department of Health on their performance of functions under the Food Act 2008 (Food Act) (as required by section 121) and the Public Health Act 2016 (Public Health Act) (as required by section 22). The Food Act reporting... More

    Closed 30 October 2022

  • Consultation: Amendments to the Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016 and the Schedule 8 Medicines Prescribing Code

    The key focus of this consultation is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the preferred options for regulation of prescribing of medicines monitored via Western Australia’s real time prescription monitoring system, ScriptCheckWA. The introduction of ScriptCheckWA will mean... More

    Closed 7 October 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked the following questions of all survey respondents:

  • What are your biggest current strategic challenges for safety and quality in WA Health?
  • How can the DoH support your S&Q initiatives and priorities?
  • How can the DoH improve collaboration to drive effective safety and quality in WA Health?

We also asked a series of specific questions depending on whether respondents worked in a Health Service Provider or the Department of Health.

You said

You said the key issues facing our safety and quality system include:

  • The availability of high-quality, accessible safety and quality data, and a desire for more skills to use data effectively to support safety and quality initiatives;
  • HSP and DOH awareness and ability to implement contemporary approaches to quality and quality improvement in healthcare;
  • Resourcing to support a strong, positive patient safety culture, and to sustain positive safety culture long-term;
  • Barriers to compliance with safety and quality measures and engagement between the Department and Health Service Providers to proactively resolve patient safety issues

We did

Your feedback contained a mix of concrete suggestions for safety and quality activities and initiatives, and ways of working towards these within the confines of our health system.

We have used your feedback to help shape detailed goal setting for the Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Directorate’s Strategy 2022-2025

We will continue to refer to specific comments and feedback as we implement the Strategy.

We asked

The Office of Population Health Genomics asked stakeholders for their feedback on the draft WA Genomics Strategy and their views to inform the development of the strategy’s first implementation plan.

The strategy has one overarching vision – that all Western Australians benefit from the timely and appropriate translation of genomics, enabling precision medicine and precision public health.

You said

A total of 66 responses were received through Citizen Space and 2 written responses were received via email. The key themes that emerged from the responses are summarised below.

Vision:

  • More than 20 respondents explicitly agreed with or made positive comments about the vision.
  • More than 10 respondents commented on the term “maximise the transformative potential”, suggesting that it was either too ambiguous or not beneficial to include.
  • Some respondents suggested that the vision needed to be more patient focussed.

Underlying principles:

  • All comments received were positive and in support of the underlying principles.
  • Some additional principles were suggested for inclusion – the most mentioned ones being innovation, privacy and confidentiality, accountability, integrity, and collaboration.
  • A couple of respondents suggested that seven underlying principles was too many.

Enablers of success:

  • The feedback received was overall supportive of the enablers of success.
  • There were mixed responses around what “governance” should encompass, indicating that this word can take on different meanings for different stakeholder groups.
  • Eight respondents commented on the critical need for reliable and ongoing funding, suggesting that this should be an enabler of success.

Priority areas, goals and initiatives:

  • More than 20 respondents explicitly agreed with or made positive comments about the priority areas.
  • More than 10 respondents suggested including more detail on the needs, preferences and roles of various stakeholder groups relevant to genomics, i.e. carers and guardians beyond immediate family members, peer support groups, regional and remote patients and staff, allied health professionals, not-for-profit organisations, and the private sector.
  • Other factors important to multiple stakeholder groups were:
    • Co-design and co-production with health consumers
    • Secure and sustainable funding of the genomics workforce and services to ensure continuation and growth
    • Improving the genomic literacy of health professionals and consumers
    • Ethical use of genomic data
    • Equity of access.

Stakeholders also provided valuable input to shape the content of the strategy’s implementation plan, particularly the key actions to complete in the first two years.

We did

In response to the feedback, the Office of Population Health Genomics:

  • Amended the vision to be clearer.
  • Consolidated the number of underlying principles from seven to four and incorporated the additional principles suggested by stakeholders in the process. The only exceptions were accountability and collaboration, as they were already included as enablers of success.
  • Removed governance from the enablers of success to minimise confusion. Governance is instead covered in the conclusion section with additional details on what the strategy’s governance structure will look like for additional clarity.
  • Amended the content of the strategic priorities to better reflect stakeholders’ values and views, including:
    • Referring to a multi-professional genomics workforce and incorporating vignettes to acknowledge the diverse applications and many successes of genomics in WA.
    • Emphasising the critical role of health consumers in the co-creation (i.e. co-design and co-production) of genomic healthcare services and policies.
    • Elevating sustainable investment as an enabler of success to signify that this is critical to ensure the goals of all strategic priorities are met.
    • Expanding on the importance of genomic and health literacy for both health professionals and consumers.
    • Highlighting the need to protect privacy and trust with all community members.
  • Considered stakeholder’s views in drafting the strategy’s first implementation plan (internal working document).

The final WA Genomics Strategy 2022-2032: Towards precision medicine and precision public health is now available to view here.

Any queries can be directed to genomics@health.wa.gov.au.

We asked

In November 2020 we launched the statutory review of the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 (the Act) and the Tobacco Products Control Regulations 2006 (the Regulations).

We published a discussion paper which asked for views on the operation and effectiveness of the Act and the Regulations, if the legislation is achieving it’s purposes, and how it could be improved. We also sought stakeholder views on other evidence-based legislative reforms that could update and strengthen WA’s tobacco control legislation to ensure that it continues to meet its objectives.

You said

A total of 53 submissions were received in response to the discussion paper.

Submissions were received from a wide range of respondents including members of the public, universities, industry stakeholders, nongovernment organisations and government departments. Submissions highlighted the varying perspectives and expectations that exist among different stakeholders regarding tobacco control legislation in Western Australia (WA).

We did

A consultation report summarising the submissions was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Health on 24 June 2021.

The consultation report can be viewed on the Parliament website.

Information gathered from this stage of the review will assist in identifying possible areas for further investigation to strengthen the operation and effectiveness of the WA Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 and the Regulations. Following the development of options for regulatory improvements further consultation will be undertaken to inform the Government’s decision making process.