THE public has a rare opportunity to have their personal views about a hospital or health service heard directly by the people in charge.
The East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS), which incorporates the St John of God Midland, Royal Perth, Armadale, Bentley and Kalamunda Hospitals, in addition to a range of population and community health services, is the public the opportunity on Monday, June 11, when it holds its inaugural Public Board Meeting.
EMHS provides health services to more than 680,000 people living within Perth’s eastern corridor and its Board Chair Ian Smith said the public board meeting was a great way for him and fellow board members to meet users of the services face-to-face and hear their views.
“We are keen to hear the views of people who have been in hospital or used any of our services,” he said.
“We want to know if there are common themes and elements that need our attention or if there is something everyone thinks we are doing well and should do more of or implement.
“It is only by knowing what consumers think that we can do better, that we can improve.
“It would also be great to hear if we have exceeded your expectations.”
Mr Smith said the idea to hold a public board meeting was born from the board’s “commitment to transparency and accountability”.
He stressed that due to privacy rules, details of individual patients or their treatment cannot be addressed, but generic subjects and themes were welcome.
The EMHS Public Board Meeting will be held on Monday, June 11 at The Rise Recreation Centre in Maylands.
RSVP by Thursday, June 7 to EMHS.PublicBoardMeeting@health.wa.gov.au.