About the District Health Advisory Councils

What is a District Health Advisory Council (DHAC)?

District Health Advisory Councils (DHACs) have been established by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) to learn from and improve the health care experiences of our communities.

DHACs are made up of local health consumer, carers, and community members, as well as health service representatives, who work together with WACHS to improve and inform health service planning, access, safety and quality in their area.

These Advisory Councils aim to represent a cross-section of community health interests, with a particular focus on accessing and understanding the needs of those experiencing poorer health outcomes and access. 

How does a DHAC work?

At a local level

DHAC members talk with local citizens, carers, and community groups to find out what health issues and services matter to them. They meet regularly to represent and discuss these issues, and share ideas for improving health services. They also partner with the local health service in improvement activities and promote health information and services to the community. 

At a state level 

The DHAC Chairs Network, comprising of the Chair of each DHAC, meet face-to-face at least once a year to provide state-wide information on country health issues and priorities to the Minister for Health, Director General of the Department of Health, Chief Executive Officer of WACHS and other senior staff.

DHAC locations

RegionDistrict Health Advisory Councils
Kimberley

Broome and communities

Derby and communities

East Kimberley (Kununurra, Wyndham, Halls Creek)

Pilbara

Pilbara West

Pilbara East

Pilbara Inland

Midwest Gascoyne
Geraldton
Midwest
Goldfields Goldfields
South East Goldfields
Wheatbelt Eastern Wheatbelt
Western Western Wheatbelt
Southern Wheatbelt
South West Blackwood
Bunbury
Leschenault-Wellington
Naturaliste-Leeuwin
Warren
Great Southern Central Great Southern
Lower Great Southern