Sustainable Health Review heads to Mandurah for public forum

Health Minister Roger Cook has ordered a review of the WA health system. Photo: Emma Young.
Health Minister Roger Cook has ordered a review of the WA health system. Photo: Emma Young.

The government’s massive review of Western Australia’s health system will roll into Mandurah in October, holding a public forum to hear from residents about how they see the future of health care.

The Sustainable Health Review, which was announced by health minister Roger Cook in June, will hold 10 public forums around the state.

Mr Cook said the public health system has grown enormously over the past decade and health spending had more than doubled in this time to about $9 billion.

The review will examine the way health services are delivered and recommend how future generations could receive “high-quality, patient-centred and sustainable health care”, but Mr Cook denied it was about cost-cutting.

“As our population grows and ages, so too does the demand on our health services,” he said.

“We need fresh thinking and innovative ideas to ensure we continue to provide safe, high-quality and efficient health care.

“This includes using improvements in technology and making sure we work with other agencies and organisations to provide better health outcomes for everyone.”

The forums will be held in Perth, Broome, Bunbury, Albany, Northam, Port Hedland, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.

The Mandurah Public Forum will be held from 6.30-8.45pm, Wednesday, October 25 at the Atrium Hotel.

For more information or to register to attend, go to the review’s website.

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