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Update: HCA De-funding

What have we been doing? 
Over the last week HCA has met with both the Minister and Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing. We had the opportunity to ask the Minister about his decision and will publish the meeting notes once they are endorsed by the Minister.
We also attended the SACOSS Post Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer and had the opportunity to ask a question in relation to the decision to cease support of HCA from 1 July 2019.
You may have seen HCA in the media, a full list of media mentions we have come across is available below. If you have seen something we have not included on our list please email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
HCA remains committed to working with SA Health to ensure that the consumer voice is heard at all levels across the health system.

What have you been doing? 
Last week we encouraged you to approach your local member of parliament, the Minister, Premier and Treasurer with questions.
We would like to hear if you have had any responses, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8231 4169.
Some other questions you may want to ask could be: -

  • How will SA health services meet Standard 2 Partnering with Consumers national accreditation without HCA consumer governance support?
  • Who will train and support consumer and community representatives in local health services?
  • Who will provide the South Australian consumer voice in national health issues?
  • How will SA Health be accountable to South Australian consumers when they are making plans and decisions about state-wide health policy and services?

Given that the government has announced consumer and community engagement is now to occur through the new local governing boards, have the local LHNs received any additional funding for this purpose?
Your help in advocating for your independent peak consumer organisation is important in retaining the independent voice of South Australian Health Consumers.
We are compiling evidence about how having an independent consumer peak is important. Tell us how having HCA is important to you? Submit your quote here.

HCA DeFunding Media Mentions

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

Closes: Monday 22 October 2018

HCA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 19 November 2018,
from 4-6pm at the HCA office, Level 1, 12 Pirie Street, Adelaide. Six director vacancies exist: four ordinary directors and the positions of chair and deputy chair.

Please note:

  • Jane Marshall has completed her two-year term and is eligible to stand again
  • Allan Patching has completed his two-year term and has decided not to re-nominate
  • Ros Chataway has served three two-year terms and is not eligible to re-nominate
  • The Deputy Chair position is currently vacant, due to the resignation of Jessie Byrne.
  • The Chair position will be vacant. Debra Kay (Board Chair), is eligible to stand again following a formal motion at the Extraordinary Board Meeting help on Monday 10 September 2018 under 7.2.8 of the HCA Constitution.

Nominations for the Board are sought in accordance with the HCA Constitution, a copy of which is available on our website here.

You can complete a nomination online here.
Or you can download a nomination form here.

Directors are appointed for two years. Meetings are held every second month, currently scheduled on Monday 4-6pm. Please be advised that only financial voting members may nominate and be nominated. If you are unsure about your membership status, please contact Vanessa Vowles on (08) 8231 4169 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Welcome new board member Danny Broderick

The board was pleased to welcome our new sector representative, Danny Broderick to his first board meeting last night. Danny has worked in a diverse range of positions over four decades in youthwork, disability services community health and primary health services and public health. He has occupied senior and executive leadership positions and has led several organisational change strategies. He has worked in non-government organisations as well as in state and local government. He has led advocacy for progressive health policy and health reform including taking leadership roles in the development of health legislation in this state. He holds qualifications in social work and health economics.

Watch this space for the call next week for nominations for election of directors at our Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2018.

UPDATE Government de-funding of HCA

Thank you for the overwhelming messages of support received from individuals and organisations across the state and nationally. We need your help to retain the independent voice of South Australian health consumers.

The HCA Board met last night. We have now received written confirmation of the announcement we first heard in the Budget lockup last Tuesday. You can view the letter below.

The letter says consumer and community engagement is now to occur through the new local governing boards, who ‘might choose to partner with HCA’. The boards are established 1 July 2019. The Minister’s funding ceases 30 June 2019.

We have asked to meet with the Minister. We have questions for him. HCA wants to know:

1. Why has the Minister decided to stop funding the independent voice of South Australian consumers?
2. When government support for independent consumer voice is growing around the country, why is the Minister removing funding for South Australian consumers?
3. Who will gather and report on state-wide perspectives on SA Health issues? And make sure the people who are often not heard, are heard?
4. Who will support state-wide patient organisations when there are persistent and damaging errors that are not being fixed within local health networks?

We will let you know in next week’s enews what answers we get.

You might want to ask your local member of parliament, the Minister, Premier and Treasurer some questions too.

We encourage you to contact your local member. Current details of each electorates member of parliament are available below. If you are unsure of your electorate you can find out the name of your electorate based on your suburb below.

Let us know what you find out, we also want to hear your feedback on the response we are making to this decision. You can contact us by phone: 8231 4169 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Consumers Alliance Budget outcomes letter 2018

South Australian MPs 2018

Electroates Statewide


My Health Record Consumer Consultation Report

As part of an inquiry into My Health Record, the Senate Community Affairs Committee (the Committee) has called for public submissions into My Health Record. HCA hosted a focus group on Thursday 30 August aimed at gaining consumer insight into My Health Record. We combined their input with the feedback we received from members of the Consumer Advocates Network (CAN) at the August CAN meeting to inform our submission. We would like to thank all consumers who participated. The My Health Record Consumer Consultation report is available below.

MHR consumer consultation report

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World Arthritis Day: Public Lecture

Friday 12 October 2018
5.30pm – 7.00om

Arthritis SA is hosting a free public lecture as part of World Arthritis Day 2018, Professor Catherine Hill (Rheumatologist and Epidemiologist), Professor David Findlay (Cell and Molecular Biologist) and Ms. Colette Smith (President Arthritis SA) will present the latest information on the diagnosis and treatment of the most common forms of arthritis, bone and joint research, and present and future directions for arthritis treatment. You will also hear the journeys of people with lived experience of Arthritis. You can find out more and register here.

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training

Thursday 4 October 2018

9.30am - 3.30pm
HCA Adelaide

HCA has developed an Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training for experienced consumer representatives who are looking to improve their skills, effectiveness and leadership. The session will cover:

  • The Australian health system
  • Health data – what is available, where to find it and how to use it
  • How to use the healthcare standards in your role
  • Why, how, what and where to get engaged in the health system
  • Values and processes of co-production
  • Strategies for effectiveness in sharing stories, meetings and leadership roles 

This course will require some pre-reading.  The training method will include presentations, group discussions and self-reflection activities.

You can view the program below. 

Register to attend here.

Program Outline Engagement and Advocacy for Influence

Youth Mental Health Forum

Sonder is hosting two full-day Youth Mental Health Forum’s, one will be held in Southern Adelaide and one in Northern Adelaide. Topics covered throughout the day are centered around the issues affecting youth, including mental health, eating disorders, employment, suicide and trauma. You can find out more by clicking the links below.

North: Tuesday 25 September 2018 here
South: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 here.

For further information call Sonder on 8209 0700

5th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference

Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 November 2018


The Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council (SA) Aboriginal Corporation is hosting the 5th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference over three days at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The theme of this Conference, ‘Responding to Complexity’, acknowledges the range of issues confronting indigenous populations that accompany harmful alcohol and other drug use. The Conference seeks to explore these complexities and the interventions and supports required to address harmful alcohol and drug use. You can find out more here.

Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, My Life My Choice

Thursday 27 September 2018

Adelaide Showground

The annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo will showcase practical ideas, research and initiatives under the ‘My Life, My Choice’ theme. My Life, My Choice, is about empowering individuals, couples and families to ensure that they remain at the centre of decisions related to their needs and provide information about the types of services and supports that are available to them. You can find out more here.

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