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

Closed Consultations

  • COVID-19 Cancer Patient Experience Survey

    The Department of Health WA would like to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 may have impacted the experience of patients across the cancer care pathway, from diagnosis to treatment, survivorship and end of life. The questions within this survey have been developed by the ... More

    Closed 8 June 2020

  • Lodging House Regulation Review

    The key focus of this review is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the most effective option for the management of public health risks associated with lodging houses in Western Australia. Please read the discussion paper entitled Managing lodging house health risks in Western Australia... More

    Closed 28 April 2020

  • Consultation on the WA Health and Medical Life Sciences Industry Growth Plan 2020-2025

    Objective of the consultation We are interested in hearing from the health and medical life science industry, health service delivery agencies, academic and research institutes, the Western Australian (WA) business community, including investors and entrepreneurs, and government... More

    Closed 10 April 2020

  • Organisational Development Program 2020-2024

    A draft Organisational Development Program has been developed and is open for consultation. All DoH staff are encouraged to review the draft plan and provide feedback. The Program has been developed in response to your feedback in the Minister for Health – Your Voice in Health... More

    Closed 24 February 2020

  • 2020 DoH Policy Essentials Program Nomination Form

    Department of Health’s Policy Essentials Program (PEP) is designed specifically to enhance the skills and capability of our policy officers. Modelled on the very successful Public Sector Commission’s, Policy Essentials Program, the 2020 program will draw on policy... More

    Closed 16 January 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We Asked

The Patient Opinion™ Dashboard is intended to display a summary of Patient Opinion™ activity for all WA Health Service Providers. The dashboard displays data that is already publicly available but across several sites. Displaying data in one place as a web page on the HealthyWA website is intended to enable those interested to gain a quick snap shot of Patient Opinion™ activity in WA and guide those interested to more in depth information.

From the 29th of April to the 17th of May 2019 we invited you to provide feedback on a sample Patient Opinion™ Dashboard.

You Said

We received 114 responses to the consultation. Majority of the feedback was positive and included a range of suggestions for further adjustments to the Patient Opinion™ Dashboard.

We Did

In response to your feedback improvements have been made to: clarity of writing, definitions of the terms used by Patient Opinion and explanations of the purpose of the data provided. Patient Opinion™ Dashboard Consultation Report provides lists of all changes made in response to your feedback and areas identified for future improvement.

We Asked

Your feedback about the Public Health Amendment (Immunisation Requirements for Enrolment) Bill 2019. Thank you for your input.

You Said

You provided valuable feedback.

We Did

Your feedback contributed to the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement. This document has now been completed and can be accessed at https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/immunisationenrolment

The Bill was introduced into Parliament in May 2019.

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

 

 

We Asked

People were asked a series of questions about their thoughts on the health status report and objectives and policy priorities outlined in the Interim State Public Health Plan. A total of 63 responses were received from various stakeholder groups. Local government represented 33 per cent of responses received. 

You Said

Data

  • A number of submissions highlighted the absence of data and information around social, economic and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing and requested stronger links on how these determinants relate to health inequities and poorer health outcomes. 
  • It was suggested that, if possible, data needs to be presented by age group, Aboriginal status, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity status, region, other priority populations e.g. refugees, people with disability
  • Submissions also requested easier access to data and sharing of data across departments, health profiles, preferably at the suburb or local government level, to be made available online, and a list of available data sources for local government to use when preparing their public health plans

Objectives and priorities

  • There was overall support for the three priorities identified in the Interim Plan, particularly the focus on Aboriginal Health.
  • Mental health was clearly identified across a number of submissions as the most notable omission. This was closely followed by drugs other than alcohol and tobacco, including use of illicit drugs and misuse of pharmaceuticals.

Partnerships and other suggestions

  • Overall, respondents were positive about the Interim Plan. However a number of submissions indicated that the Interim Plan should include targets, action plan, tangible outcomes, clarification on the types of evidence based programmes and initiatives that local government can implement at a local level to support the objectives and priorities and clarification on the role and expectation of State Government and Local Government when it relates to public health interventions.
  • A number of submissions discussed the need to develop WA centric health indicators in order to better measure progress on objectives implemented. 
  • Numerous respondents requested a list of health services, within the State that local government may seek to partner with.
  • Resourcing was identified as a concern of local government, particularly when there is uncertainty about what local government is expected to do to support the objectives and policy priorities. 
  • A number of submissions suggested further workshops or information, particularly targeting elected members and local government executives, to clarify roles and responsibilities relating to the local health plans and to dispel misinformation relating to ‘cost shifting’.

We Did

The CHO will consider the feedback received and use it to inform a revised State Public Health Plan. This process will involve:

  • Reviewing the health status report to include information on any new public health priorities or objectives and, where feasible, responding to other data-related suggestions raised in the submissions.
  • Partnering with mental health related bodies to discuss the potential inclusion of mental health in future State Public Health Plans.
  • Partnering with relevant agencies to address the potential inclusion of priorities related to use of illicit drugs use.
  • Ensuring that the Plan incorporates:
    • Targets, where possible.
    • An action plan that identifies tangible and achievable outcomes.
    • Clarification on the types of programmes and initiatives that local government can implement at a local level to support the objectives and priorities. 
  • Develop information on:
    • what health services are available to support and partner with local government 
    • the role and expectation of State Government and Local Government when it relates to public health.