Review of the Act

We want to hear from you!

We are currently reviewing our legislation – Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation Act 2016 – and we are seeking your feedback into Healthway’s legislative operations. There is no set format for written submissions, however the following key questions may guide your feedback:

  • Does the Act support Healthway to create a healthy WA through its funding of sports, arts, racing and community events, health promotion programs and research?
  • The purpose (known as ‘Object’) of the Act is to facilitate good health and encourage healthy lifestyles in Western Australia, so are there:
    • barriers in the Act that prevent the achievement of its Object?
    • ways in which the Act supports the achievement of its Object?

Submissions

  • Please write your submissions into a Word document and be clear about what you think would inform the review.
  • Include your full name and up-to-date contact information.
  • If you wish to include existing documents with your submission, please attach the documents as separate appendices.
  • Written submissions can be sent via email to healthway@healthway.wa.gov.au with submissions now closing 5pm, Friday 23 July 2021. Please use “Stakeholder consultation – Statutory Review of the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation Act 2016” as the subject line.
  • Your submission will not be publicly available but will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA).

If you would like to provide your input via another method, please call us on 133 777.

Next steps

Following the 2021 review, the next review of the Act is scheduled for 2026. At the end of the consultation period, submissions will be reviewed, and key findings and recommendations will be summarised into a short report. This will then be submitted to the Healthway Board and the Minister for Health. The report will be published on our website at a later date.

About the review

There have been several significant developments in public health in recent years. The State Government’s Sustainable Health Review Final Report was released in 2019 setting a clear direction for health care and the priority for health prevention.  Our Strategic Plan, Active Healthy People: 2018-2023, which was released in 2018, involved extensive consultation with over 700 people and organisations providing feedback into its development.

In 2018, as part of the State Government’s Machinery of Government changes, Healthway and Lotterywest were brought together under one CEO. Healthway’s Act and Functions have remained in place and there are no plans for this to change. It should be noted that this Machinery of Government arrangement is not the subject of this review.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was a major disruptor. This remains a major factor in the delivery of public health programs and funding.


 

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