First interim state public health plan

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 (PDF 4.1MB) for consultation across Western Australia.

The First Interim State Public Health Plan (PDF 4.1MB) includes:

  • Part 1: A health status report for Western Australians. This section aims to examine public health trends in WA and identify areas of inequalities in particular population sub-groups and
  • Part 2: Objectives and policy priorities 2017 - 2021. This section outlines the proposed public health objectives and policy priorities for WA for the next 5 years.

The Chief Health Officer would like to engage with interested stakeholders across WA to seek feedback on this document, as well as gather ideas on how the WA Department of Health can work with our many partners into the future.

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

Feedback

Please refer to the online survey (external site) to provide your feedback on the plan.

The survey will close on 31 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

The WA Department of Health appreciates you taking the time to review the document and providing your feedback. 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.

The Chief Health Officer will review and consider all feedback and may release a Second Interim State Public Health Plan at a later stage.

Who was involved in the development of the First Interim State Public Health Plan?

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, and is the first step towards complying with section 43, Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016.

Why are we consulting?

The Chief Health Officer would like to engage with interested stakeholders across WA to inform the development of the First Interim State Public Health Plan. 

Why is this only an interim plan?

The requirement for public health planning will not legally come into effect under the Public Health Act 2016 until stage 5 of implementation of the Public Health Act in approximately 4 years’ time.

The Chief Health Officer is aware that a number of local governments are producing their local public health plans in anticipation of Part 5 of the Public Health Act coming into effect. The Chief Health Officer has released the interim plan to support local governments that want to continue to be proactive developing their local public health plans.

It is important to note that the First Interim State Public Health Plan does not adhere to all the requirements specified in Part 5, section 43 of the Public Health Act 2016. In particular it does not address section 43(e) (f) or 43(3). Once Part 5 comes into effect the WA Department of Health will work with our many partners in the development of the first State Public Health Plan.

Who should use the First Interim State Public Health Plan?

Although the key focus of this Interim State Public Health Plan is to support local governments in the development of their local public health plans, this plan may also be used by all agencies and organisations with an interest in protecting, promoting and improving the health and well-being of Western Australians and helping to reduce the incidence of preventable illness including:

  • state government departments and agencies
  • local government
  • non-government organisations
  • health professionals
  • industry groups
  • educational bodies
  • community groups and
  • the general public.

Each of these groups has the opportunity to implement public health initiatives, projects and programmes to help to achieve the objectives and policy priorities outlined in this First Interim State Public Health Plan. In particular, local governments, a major partner in public health, already provide a number of services that have public health benefits for their local community.

Although it may not be possible to address all the objectives and policy priorities, this First Interim State Public Health Plan will help to identify areas of need for a local government district.

Further information

Refer to the Department of Health website for further information on public health planning. Any queries should be directed to publichealthact@health.wa.gov.au