Robyn Kruk to chair panel conducting WA health review

The WA government has appointed former director-general of NSW Health and former chair of the federal digital health taskforce steering committee Robyn Kruk to oversee a panel investigating a review of the WA health system, which aims to embrace innovation and technology and improve financial sustainability.

The Sustainable Health Review, due to report by March 2018, will look at how to rein in expenditure growth in the health budget, which the government says accounts for more than half of every new dollar spent in the last four years.

The government says the panel will also be responsible for ensuring alignment with the recently announced Commission of Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, which is looking at big-money projects such as Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Perth Children's Hospital and the major IT procurements of the Department of Health.

That inquiry, headed by former under-treasurer John Langoulant, has been accused by the opposition of being politically motivated.

The review panel will also include the director general of the Department of Health David Russell-Weisz, under-treasurer Michael Barnes, an employee nominee, and a nominee of Health Minister Roger Cook.

Mr Cook said health was operating in an era of significant change as a result of advances in technology and research.

“We have a unique opportunity to partner across sectors to take advantage of these developments and deliver care in the most appropriate setting, not just hospitals,” he said.

"The state government will use the review to inform future decisions about the way that health is managed and delivered to ensure that Western Australians are receiving quality healthcare that can be sustained for our future generations.”

He said that did not mean cuts to the health budget, but that the future growth trajectory of the health budget becomes sustainable.

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