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HCA is recruiting a new Chief Executive

HCA is seeking a leader who is mission-focused and can drive change that benefits and responds to health consumer needs within South Australia and in the national context. You can find out more about the role, and the application process here. 

HCA is recruiting a Consumer Engagement Project Officer

HCA is seeking a talented Consumer Engagement Project Officer to work on a project with Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) to develop a Consumer Engagement Strategy. This role is based at HCA’s offices in the Adelaide CBD, but will also spend time working from NALHN locations in Salisbury, Elizabeth and Modbury. This is a 0.8 FTE contract through to 31 December 2018. You can find out more here. 


Changes to Codeine access

From 1 February 2018 all medicines containing codeine will require a prescription; there will no longer be access to over-the-counter codeine-containing medicines without a prescription.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has implemented a comprehensive
communication and education strategy for health professionals and the community about the upcoming changes.

 SA Health has also implemented a local communication strategy to support awareness of the change and access to a range of resources. This includes a Codeine webpage with a range of comprehensive information, links and resources available for consumers and health professionals. You can access the Codeine webpage here. 

Further specific information developed by Drug and Alcohol Services SA is also provided for health professionals and consumers. For example, consumers can access information on management of codeine dependence here. 

The Consumers Health Forum hosted a webinar about access to codeine and what this means for pain management. The webinar was delivered by Policy Manager, Jo Root and CEO of PainAustralia, Carol Bennett in January 2018. A recording of the webinar can be viewed 



Update on Medicinal Cannabis

Medicinal cannabis medicines can be prescribed for patients as a result of federal legislative changes which came into effect in November 2016. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published guidance documents to educate and inform health professionals who are interested in medicinal cannabis as a treatment option for their patients. SA Health continues to aid awareness and education for health professionals and consumers through the provision of up-to-date and balanced information. You can find out more about prescribing medicinal cannabis in South Australia and links to other resources such as fact sheets here. 

Congratulations to HCA Board member Mark Diamond

The HCA Staff and Board would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mark Diamond, member of the HCA Board, on his appointment to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance. We wish Mark all the very best in his new role. You can read more about Mark and his achievements here.

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SA Health Mandatory Drug Treatment Consultation

Closes: 5pm Friday 9 February 2018

In February 2017, the Government established the Ministerial Crystal Methamphetamine Taskforce (the Taskforce) to develop a rapid response to the harms from crystal methamphetamine use in South Australia, and the community impacts from health to justice and child protection.

The South Australian Ice Action Plan was subsequently launched in June 2017, and SA Health is now inviting feedback on the feasibility, costs and impacts of trialling a model for mandatory assessment, detention and treatment for those at extreme and immediate risk. A consultation paper is available to inform that process. You can find more information and a copy of the consultation paper and questions below.

Feedback and submissions should be forwarded by mail or email to:

SA Health Mandatory Drug Treatment Consultation
C/- Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
75 Magill Road
STEPNEY. SA. 5069.
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SA Health Mandatory Drug Treatment Consultation paper and questions

World Cancer Day: Community walk

Sunday 4 February 2018

The Flinders centre for innovation in cancer is hosting a community walk to raise awareness about World Cancer Day. You can stroll or brisk walk around the Flinders University lake, through the pine forest and down to Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. There will be a light breakfast to follow. World Cancer Day 2018 is a day for our community to come together to show our commitment to making cancer a thing of the past. You can find out more and register to attend here.

SA Breakfast Forum

Thursday 8 February 2018

The Australasian College of Health Service Management will host a breakfast forum featuring guest speaker, Vickie Kaminski, Chief Executive of SA Health. The forum will outline the current state of SA Health and the future direction for 2018. You can find out more and register here.

Netfest 2018

Friday 16 February 2018

Netfest is South Australia's largest professional development and networking event for non-government youth sector workers. The day-long event brings together over a hundred dedicated youth sector workers, stakeholders and supporters from across the state to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice. Netfest includes both formal and informal networking, a keynote presentation, professional development session and an open forum. You can find out more and register here.

National Health Sector Women’s Leadership Summit

Thursday 8th March 2018

Melbourne, Australia

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is hosting a Summit which aims to contribute to the development of resolute and effective women leaders in the health sector. The summit will provide opportunities for skills development, expert advice and strategic industry-based networking. Tickets are available at the subsidised rate of $495 per person by entering code ANHS181 at the time of booking. You can find out more on the WLA website here.

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