On Monday 25 July, 10 consumers participated in a focus group to review the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s ’10 Tips for Safer Health Care’ resource. Participants indicated that it is an excellent resource that needs to be brought up to date both in content and in the way the resource is made available to consumers. There was support for having an online version with links to further resources as well as long and short printed versions.
Participants encouraged the Commission to acknowledge that healthcare extends beyond hospitals and GP clinics and into mental health services. The key tips from consumers were to know your rights, ask questions and be persistent. They were also keen to encourage the involvement of carers or support people if consumers are anxious, forgetful or lack confidence to ask questions. Tips around managing medicines and health records (including electronic health records) were also suggested.
HCA would like to thank the participating consumers for their time and for the obvious consideration they put into the task of reviewing this resource.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia has released a media statement based on the release of the Grattan Institute’s Report. The report highlighted that there are dozens of hotspots of avoidable ill health in Australia, and that there is a need for effective local health services. The full release is available below.
NPS MedicineWise has released the results of their online survey of 502 Australian Residents living with type 2 Diabetes. The results have shown that one in four Australians with Type 2 Diabetes are missing doses of their diabetes medicines. You can read the full media release below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia has issued a Media Release, Medicare: time for positive reform free of hip pocket pain. You can read the full media release below.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
Thursday 28 July 2016
This is a free interactive half day workshop which aims to provide workers and volunteers who work with Aboriginal young people an opportunity to learn about HIV in a culturally relevant context. The full flyer is available below. You can register to attend here.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
This forum will provide an in-depth look at the new hepatitis C treatments that were approved by the Australian Government in March and May 2016. Information provided will be ideal for those whose work intersects the blood borne virus (BBV) sector, and who already have a basic understanding of hepatitis C. This forum will specifically address the treatment options and referral pathways, and answer any questions. You can visit their website for more information here. To RSVP Phone Amanda or Mahailia on 8245 8100.
8 August 2016
Headspace Woodville are running a free four week course for young people (16-25) living with anxiety. The course will be facilitated by two peer support workers. The full flyer is available below. To register phone 8243 7900
16 August 2016
Headspace Woodville are running a free four week course for parents and carers of young people with an emerging mental health issue. The course is aimed to help parents and carers to understand mental health, learn strategies and gain support. The full flyer is available below. To register phone 8243 7900