Today, the WA government released the Sustainable Health Review – a comprehensive blueprint for the future of health in this state. Following extensive consultation and engagement with stakeholders, the publication is a culmination of 18 months of work, brought together by an expert panel led by Independent Chair Ms Robyn Kruk AO.
The four pillars to sustainability for our health system were outlined as:
- Patient experience
- Quality, safety and population health
- Cost and waste reduction
- Staff engagement
Our key takeaways included:
- Stop using the word “patient” – it’s not what we, as consumers, want to be referred to as;
- Stop judging the health system on the number of hospital beds provided;
- Start judging the health system on performance around keeping people well;
- Hardwire consumer engagement into the system.
It was great to hear that patient (had to use that word) reported outcomes will now be measured to inform performance and that waste reduction will become a focus for the health sector. As one of the biggest users of plastics and energy, there is room for the health sector to improve on that front.
Recognition was duly given to the most significant asset the health system has – its PEOPLE. Culture was discussed in the context of how people treat each other and the importance of creating a sector where people actually want to work.
In the words of panel member and consumer advocate Pip Brennan – “It’s the diet plan, its Day 1 and now we all need to get on board to lose the weight!”. It’s now up to the industry, government and private businesses, to come together for the implementation phase, or boot camp you could call it!
The SPH health team is at the ready to support this initiative and contribute to a sustainable future for health in WA.
For a copy of the report – Sustainable Health Review – click HERE
Image: Sustainable Health Review. (2019). Sustainable Health Review: Final Report to the Western Australian Government. Department of Health, Western Australia.