As our world changes, so too do our
challenges. The health and wellbeing of
our communities is impacted by a rapidly
expanding environment, new technologies,
economic shifts and changes in health
requirements. Our patients’ health needs
are becoming more complex. At the same
time people have increased expectations
around timely access to high-quality care
where, and how it best suits their needs.
The onset of COVID-19 in 2020
demonstrated the volatility of the health
setting and the need for healthcare services
to anticipate and respond to disruption.
We believe that our future requires an
investment in our capability to encourage
new innovations, inspire new ways of
working and inform and build on our new
models of care.
Our current environment also provides new
opportunities. Advances in medical and
digital technology and access to accurate
and timely data are transforming healthcare.
Many people now use technology to receive,
communicate and support their care.
have strengthened our relationships with our
partners and each other to deliver care for
those who need it most. We also continue
to grow our network of hospitals, providing
a broader system of facilities and services.
This will enable access and let us focus on
where and how care is delivered.
We deliver this strategy together
The collective ‘we’ emphasises our connection
within and beyond Western Health and
our unwavering commitment to working in
true partnership with our patients, people
We will be guided by a Strategic Framework
that provides a clear direction in dynamic
times, and allows us the flexibility to face
challenges and take opportunities as they
We have plotted a three year course for
Key Initiatives that will evolve according to
the expectation, need and context of the
time. Our five Strategic Directions will endure
as guiding beacons well beyond this period.
Our four Guiding Principles represent, as part
of the Framework, all that Western Health
is and aspires to be:
— we will take a straightforward approach,
engage people in a way and language that
is easy to understand and down to earth
— we are resilient and adaptive, use our
resources responsibly and contribute
to long-term benefits for our community
— we collaborate, connect patients to
the right services, face-to-face and virtually,
and harness the connection we have with
our community and each other.
— we are curious, champion new ways
of working and lead by doing.
Western Health's Strategic Plan 2021-2023 is now available in PDF version and also online and interactive https://strategicdirection.wh.org.au/
You can email us your feedback on the Strategic Plan at [email protected].