WAPHA and the WA PHNs are committed to developing open, accountable and respectful relationships with the diversity of stakeholders in primary health. WAPHA has a range of formal and informal networks to facilitate stakeholder relationships. These include PHN committee structures as well as forums and focus groups to inform specific aspects of our work.
WAPHA and the WA PHNs welcome the opportunity to make new connections with the stakeholders in primary health and encourages ongoing online conversation through Primary Health Exchange.
Engagement example – Alcohol and Drug Consumer Peak Think Tank 20th February 2018 at the Platform
On 20th February 2018, 60 people took part in a Think Tank to explore the establishment of an Alcohol and Drug Consumer Peak.
The session was developed and delivered by members of the Transitional Alcohol and Drug Advisory Group with support from an independent facilitator.
Jim Caine provided a poignant Welcome to Country which helped set to tone for what was an incredibly inspiring, engaging and collaborative session.
Participants explored the purpose, values and priority areas of focus for a Consumer Peak, as well as the pros and cons of various structures. There was unanimous agreement on the need for a group of this kind to be established and strong enthusiasm from participants to be involved in further development.
Of those in attendance, 55 identified as having been a consumer of some type of alcohol and drug service, and 4 were representatives of various peak bodies and/or service providers.
Based on the feedback, the Transitional Advisory Group are now in the process of identifying and developing a plan for their next steps.
To guide engagement with stakeholders WAPHA has adopted the Australian Department of Health’s Stakeholder Engagement Principles (DoH Stakeholder Engagement Framework 2005).
These, together with the International Association of Public Participation Core Values, underpin WAPHA and the WA PHNs Engagement Framework.
Stakeholder Engagement Principles: