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Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research

HCA welcomes the National Health and Medical Research Council and Consumers Health Forum joint statement reflecting the growing recognition of the place of consumers and community in health research. See the statement here. We continue to partner with and advocate for the participation of consumers and community in health research, keeping consumers at the centre of health in South Australia. One example is the South Australian Health Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and HCA consumer and community engagement strategy, which is supported by a work plan and framework, accessible here.

CHF: healthUPdate

Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released their November’s issue of healthUPdate. You can view it online here.


Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS) Project

The National Centre for Education and training on Addiction (NCETA) is undertaking a Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS) Project. The project aims to better understand the context in which alcohol-related harms occur and also ways that young people are able to mitigate risk. Researchers at NCETA are recruiting people aged 14-19 years of age who regularly drink alcohol for confidential and anonymous face to face interviews in Adelaide in the week of 16 January 2017. All participants will be provided with a $40 Coles/Myer voucher for taking part. Alternatively, there is an online survey that can be completed for which you will be given a JB HIFI voucher. Please see the attached flier or call Jane on 8201 7692 for more information. The full flyer is available below

Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System Flyer

Free Shingles Vaccine available for people aged 70-79 years

From 1 November 2016, a free vaccine for shingles will be available for all people aged 70 years old, with a five year catch up program for people aged 71-79 years until 31 October 2021. Shingles can have a significant impact on the quality of life of older people. Overall, one in three people will develop shingles in their lifetime. You can find out more here.

CHF: Tax on sugary drinks hits the sweet spot for our health

Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a statement in support of the idea of a tax on sugar. You can read the full release here. 

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2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference

2 – 3 February 2017

The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer is partnering with COSA to co‐host the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference. The Conference will bring together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from Australia, UK and US, to learn, to be challenged and to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by cancer.

The theme this year “Cancer Survivorship 2017: Pathways to better policy and practice” focuses our thinking on how we can translate the growing evidence in this area into day to day applications. The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the full flyer is available below.

2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference

Asthma Masterclasses 2017

Asthma Australia are offering free Masterclasses in 2017 to ensure that patients can live well and maintain good control of their conditions. The classes are available to educate patients on asthma, eczema and allergy & anaphylaxis. There is a special Kids Asthma Masterclass which is designed for parents and children to attend together. You can view more information and view the available dates for classes here.

Running Successful Focus Groups and In-depth Interviews to inform your Evaluation Workshop

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Chronic Illness Alliance had partnered with PHCRIS to run a workshop on evaluation using qualitative methods. The event flyer is available below.

Workshop Flyer

25th National Conference on Incontinence

Registrations are now open for the 25th National Conference on Incontinence. This year’s conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. You can find out more and register for the conference here.

Headspace Woodville: SMART Recovery

Headspace Woodville has launched a free group program called SMART recovery. The program is designed for young people aged 16-25 with problematic behaviours, including addiction to alcohol and other drugs, cigarettes, gambling, Internet use and gaming, food, shopping, or anything else. The SMART Recovery group sessions will be held on Monday afternoons from 4 - 5.30pm starting Monday September 26th. To find out more visit the SMART recovery website here

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