First Interim State Public Health Plan

Closed 31 Dec 2017

Opened 24 Jul 2017

Feedback Updated 20 Jun 2018

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.

Results Updated 18 Jun 2018

Consultation process

People were invited to have their say on the Interim Plan through an online survey or by submitting a personalised response by email or post. Survey participants were asked a series of questions about their thoughts on the health status report and objectives and policy priorities outlined in the Interim Plan.

A total of 63 responses were received from various stakeholder groups. Local government represented 33 per cent of responses received. There were 27 detailed submissions addressed directly to the CHO by email or post, with 36 responses received through the online survey.

Key findings

Below is a summary of some key feedback received.

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
    • 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
    • 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’.

What next

The CHO will consider the feedback received and use it to inform the 2nd Interim 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 Interim 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.

Thank you

WA Health would like to thank all agencies and individuals who took the time to provide a submission on The Interim Plan.

A significant and detailed amount of feedback was received which reflects the wide support for preventative public health strategies.

WA Health is committed to reviewing all feedback in detail and working with relevant bodies and groups in the revision of the Interim Plan.

The intention is to progress this work over the coming year with the aim to have a 2nd Interim Plan published for mid-2019.

Although every effort will be made to address concerns raised during the consultation it is important to be mindful that the Interim Plan cannot address every issue raised.

Feedback

For any queries on the Interim State PH Plan please email publichealthact@health.wa.gov.au

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Overview

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, the Chief Health Officer of the Western Australian Department of Health is pleased to release the First Interim State Public Health Plan for the first stage of consultation. 

The First Interim State Public Health Plan includes:

  • a report on the health status of Western Australians and 
  • the public health objectives and policy priorities for 2017 - 2021

Although the State Public Health Plan is not required to be formally published until Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016 is enacted in approximately 4 years time, the First Interim State Public Health Plan has been developed by the Chief Health Officer and the Public Health Division of the WA Department of Health, to support organisations who seek to be consistent with the public health objectives and policy priorities of the Department.

Why We Are Consulting

The Chief Health Officer would like to engage with interested stakeholders across WA to inform the development of the State Public Health Plan which will be released once Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016 is enacted.

The Chief Health Officer is seeking feedback on the First Interim State Public Health Plan, as well as ideas on how the WA Department of Health can work with our many partners into the future.

The WA Department of Health appreciates you taking the time to review the First Interim State Public Health Plan and providing your feedback in the following survey. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You have the option to save your progress and return to the consultation at any point. 

This consultation will close on the 31st December 2017. Otherwise, please feel free to submit any feedback on the Public Health Act and/or the public health planning process via email to publichealthact@health.wa.gov.au

After the consultation period closes, the Department of Health will consider the submissions received and provide feedback on the outcome of this consultation to stakeholders.

You can download the survey questions (PDF 200KB) before completing your responses online.

What Happens Next

All feedback will be considered, with the intention to release a 2nd Interim State Public Health Plan by mid 2018.

Audiences

  • Citizen Space Training
  • Event Participants
  • Health Network Leads
  • Consumers
  • Doctors
  • External Agencies
  • Royal St Staff
  • Public and Aboriginal Health Division
  • Students
  • HealthPathways
  • WA Health services and staff
  • State government agencies
  • Non-government organisations
  • Peak bodies and associations
  • Local governments
  • Research institutions
  • Universities
  • Contracted service providers
  • Aboriginal health
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • Primary Care
  • Researchers
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Allied Health
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Carers
  • Consumer
  • Medicare Local
  • Midwife
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Population Health
  • Prevention Professionals
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Primary Care Teams
  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • HealthPathways WA
  • External agencies
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Allied Health
  • Carers
  • Consumers
  • Doctors
  • External Agencies
  • HealthPathways WA
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Nurses
  • Peak Bodies
  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Population Health
  • Prevention Professionals
  • Primary Care

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