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Your health system – Your expertise

CPSU/CSA members to inform the Sustainable Health Review

Health expenditure accounts for 30% of WA’s expenditure (2016-2017) and made up 56% of all expenditure growth occurring from 2013 to 2017.

With the challenges of a growing contingent of older Australians, the impact of chronic disease, as well as the challenges presented with rural and regional health delivery, the McGowan Government is now examining ideas and methods in which the state can provide quality health services with greater efficiency. It’s a great opportunity for CPSU/CSA members to have a say in the future of health funding for WA.

The Sustainable Health Review Panel will be providing advice and direction on how to enact budget savings initiatives. The Employee Nominee is Meredith Hammat, Secretary of UnionsWA. The panel is informed by a clinical reference group and a consumer reference group advising on experiences of working within, and receiving care from WA’s healthcare system. An interim report will be produced for the WA Cabinet by December.

The Review aims to continue work undertaken by the 2004 landmark Reid Report.

The CPSU/CSA is developing a submission around the themes of:

  • A strong and qualified workforce
  • preventative health outcomes and covering service gaps
  • reducing duplication
  • reducing waste and environmental impacts
  • value for money

CPSU/CSA members employed within the Department of Health, including population health, communicable disease prevention, health administration, dental health and workforce planning have a huge amount of experience and insights to contribute to important policy outcomes for this Review. If you have ideas about how the public service can build a more efficient health system, we want to hear from you. 

Union meetings to discuss policies, ideas and recommendations have already occurred at 189 Royal Street and Grace Vaughan House, with a separate survey generated for our Dental Health members. The Union’s consultation period will end by close of business, Monday September 25th.

If you would like to share your ideas and expertise on the future of West Australian health services, please email Andrei Buters, Campaign & Community Organiser via Andrei.buters@cpsucsa.org to arrange a short, confidential interview about your experiences, ideas and feedback.

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