Western Australians are being encouraged to help shape the future of their health system, with 10 public forums for the Sustainable Health Review to be held throughout the State this month and in October.
The public forums are the next step in an extensive engagement program being undertaken to ensure all Western Australians can contribute to the review. Public submissions are also open.
The WA public health system has grown enormously over the past 10 years and health spending has more than doubled in this time to about $9 billion.
WA's population has grown by more than 25 per cent, emergency department attendance has increased by almost 50 per cent and hospital admissions have grown by 40 per cent.
The Sustainable Health Review examines the way health services are delivered to Western Australians to ensure that future generations will receive high-quality, patient-centred and sustainable health care.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook invited Bunbury citizens to participant in the discussion.
"The Sustainable Health Review forums are a fantastic opportunity for the public to have their say about the future of WA's vibrant health system,” he said.
"As our population grows and ages, so too does the demand on our health services.
"The Sustainable Health Review isn't about cost-cutting. It is about identifying better, more sustainable ways of delivering people-centred health services to our growing population.
10 community consultation forums to be held throughout Western Australia in September and October, giving people across WA the opportunity to help the WA health system’s future.
The forums will be held in Perth, Broome, Bunbury, Albany, Northam, Port Hedland, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.
For more details on how to register to attend a public forum or to make a public submission, visithttp://www.health.wa.gov.au/sustainablehealthreview
The review will hit the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday, October 20 from 1pm to 4pm.