Elton Consulting was engaged by the Wollondilly Health Alliance to undertake an assessment of the health needs of the Wollondilly Shire so health service priorities could be identified. The assessment comprised three components:
- A review of statistical data relating to the health characteristics of Wollondilly residents and their use of health services
- An extensive consultation process with Wollondilly residents and service providers to examine experiences and perceptions of health issues and services in the Shire. This included consultation sessions with representatives of health service groups, Wollondilly Council and non-government services, telephone interviews with other stakeholders and a community survey completed by 511 residents
- A workshop with members of the Wollondilly Health Alliance and other key stakeholders to identify strategies and actions to address identified priorities.
The outcome of the study was a set of actions that provide the Alliance with firm directions for moving forward in addressing health needs and service delivery challenges of the Shire, based upon a solid foundation of evidence and a clear indication of community priorities.