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Independent review of the incident notification, management and analysis of incorrect dosing of cytarabine

SA Health commissioned an independent review of the incident notification, management and analysis of the incorrect dosing of chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) in 2015. The review was undertaken by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is the second review looking at these significant incidents.

You can find the review report here and read HCA's media statement on the serious issues involved here.

 The independent review panel found that:

  • There was a serious failure of clinical governance at the RAH.
  • Staff had little or no knowledge of the Incident Management guidelines and did not make an incident report in the Safety Learning System (SLS) within the required time frame.
  •  The health services did not provide sufficient education or explanation of system response or policies.
  • Open disclosure was not well thought out or properly planned, nor was the provision of additional support.
  • There was inadequate documentation of the process or planned follow up.
  • Requests by patients/families for further information were not responded to quickly nor was there a process for reporting back to them about changes that had been implemented.
  •  The issue of compensation was poorly managed.

Implementing the Review’s recommendations:
The review panel has made six recommendations, all of which been accepted by SA Health.


The 57th Boyer Lecture Series

Over four lectures and four weeks, the World Medical Association president, Professor Sir Michael Marmot will explore the challenges communities face in solving issues of health inequality. HCA will provide the link to each of the lectures as they are released.
Episode one: Professor Marmot explains how the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, determine their risk of poor health. You can read the transcript or listen to the lecture here.

Episode two: Professor Marmot explains how the good and bad things that happen in early childhood set the stage for health and well-being throughout a person’s life. You can read the transcript or listen to the lecture here.

Episode Three: Professor Marmot explains how unemployment is bad for health, but that work can damage health, too. When work is no longer the way our of poverty, health suffersYou can read the transcript or listen to the lecture here

CHF: Fast track for new drugs will need faster subsidy decisions

The Consumer’s Health Forum of Australia has released a media statement in response to the Federal Governments plans to fast track the approval of new drugs. You can read the full release below.

CHF: Fast track for new drugs will need faster subsidy decisions

Volunteers sought for consumers’ perspectives on service for the detection and reporting of patient deterioration.

A research team from Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and Flinders University are undertaking a study looking at consumers’ perspectives to inform the development of a new consumer-activated response service to escalate concern about patient deterioration. To participate you must be a NALHN consumer who has been a previous patient or family member/carer of a past patient at either Lyell McEwin or Modbury Hospitals between 2010 and 2015. The program flyer is available below. For more information contact Stephen Yu on 8133 2381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Flyer: Consumers’ perspectives on a service for the detection and reporting of patient deterioration

Survey: PHCRIS beyond 2016

The Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) core funding agreement with the Commonwealth Department of Health expires on 31 December 2016. The PHCRIS services are conducting a survey to assess the usefulness/value of PHCRIS’ resources and services and to assess whether their stakeholders are likely to invest in continuation of PHCRIS’ services. You can find out more and complete their short survey here.

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Making Change Happen Advocacy Workshop

Saturday, 29 October 2016
This is a free advocacy workshop hosted by the Making Change Happen Working Group in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, and supported by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and Shine SA. The workshop aims to equip participants with some practical skills to advocate for change for LGBTIQ South Australians. The preliminary themes include; Successful media engagement; Effective campaigning and Super submissions. You can find out more here. Registrations can be made by emailing Making Change Happen SA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Good Practice Forum: Young carers – What Next?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

This event is hosted by Carers SA and will be held at the Bio SA Conference Centre in Thebarton. Young carers are people up to age 25 who provide ongoing unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, chronic condition or mental illness. The forum will focus on improving the engagement of young carers and gaining insights into effective and innovative approaches to support young carers. You can find out more and register here.

The Paradox of Primary Care

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Paradox of Primary Care is a public lecture looking at how focusing health care on the whole person improves the health of people and populations. The lecture will be presented by visiting professor Kurt C. Stange, you can find out more about the professor and other events he will be presenting here. The lecture will be held at 5.30pm at the Horace Lamb lecture theatre, University of Adelaide. For more information phone Dr Oliver on 0407 181 683 or email your enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


IAP2 Australasia Conference: The Future of Engagement and Democracy

17-19 October, Intercontinental Adelaide

This year’s conference to be held in Adelaide will run over three days. The themes are People, Power and Practice. Michael Cousins (CE) will be guest speaker in Tuesdays Breakout Session 2. He will speak on the Transforming Health Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee. You can view the full conference program below. For more information and to register visit the conference webpage here.

IAP2 Australasia Conference 2016 Program of Events

2016 Scientific Symposium: Healthy Ageing

Monday, 17:00 17 October 2016

Tuesday, 09:00 18 October 2016

This year’s SAHMRI's Annual Scientific Symposium has a focus on Healthy Ageing. Registrations must be done separately for each of the days of the Symposium. You can register here before the 10 October 2016. The event flyer is available below.

2016 Scientific Symposium: Healthy Ageing


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