Independent Oversight Committee appointed to guide transformation of health system

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The Sustainable Health Review Independent Oversight Committee will oversee wide-ranging reforms to ensure a sustainable future for healthcare in Western Australia
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Eight leading health experts, consumers and advocates will play a pivotal role in guiding a raft of reforms to the WA health system after being appointed to the Sustainable Health Review (SHR) Independent Oversight Committee (IOC).

Chaired by international expert Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, the IOC is an impartial body reporting to the Health Minister, tasked with providing advice and assurance on the implementation of SHR reforms, and ensuring the perspectives of all WA health system stakeholders are considered and represented in guiding reform.

“Having an oversight committee of this calibre is an important milestone towards continued reform which will continue to change and challenge the ways our healthcare is delivered,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“The members have significant knowledge and experience as advocates for health service delivery and will regularly report on the status and progress being made across the system.”

The SHR Final Report, released in April, provided a blueprint for health reform, with
30 recommendations under eight enduring strategies designed to deliver safe, high-quality and financially sustainable healthcare in WA, with an emphasis on community care supported by a modern and innovative hospital system.

“The oversight committee will play a key role in ensuring the intent, outcomes and benefits of the SHR become a reality for the WA community,” Minister Cook said.

The IOC will be supported by the Sustainable Health Implementation Unit, which is also supporting health service providers and the Department of Health in implementing the SHR recommendations.

For more information, including the list of IOC members, see the media statement.

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Page reviewed 4 November 2019