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State Budget Health Summary 2017-18

HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:

 State Budget 2017 -18 HCA Summary

Carers desperate plea for action on Borderline Personality Disorder

Mental health advocates say more people living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) may die for lack of appropriate treatment while the State Government delays the release and implementation of an action plan. This most recent delay is the latest of a long list of delays, dating back to 2012. HCA is concerned about the lack of action and calls on the Minister, SA Health and the Mental Health Commission to include a focus on BPD in the development of the Mental Health Clinical Services Plan for SA.

You can read the full article from InDaily here.

Stop Elder Abuse campaign

The State Government, through the Office for the Ageing, has worked hard over the past two years to raise awareness of elder abuse, through implementing the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians 2014 – 2021 and Action Plan 2015 – 2021. The 2017 campaign highlights that it is vital to speak up about elder abuse if it is be stopped. The campaign seeks to spread this message across the community, and has had a particular focus on volunteers and unpaid carers. The new materials highlight the Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line 1800 372 310 run by the Aged Rights Advisory Service (ARAS) where anyone with concerns can seek free confidential advice and support. You can find out more here.

SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee – Communique

As previously reported, HCA has joined the SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee. To build transparency and accountability HCA has negotiated the delivery of a regular communique from the Oversight Committee. The first communique is available to view online below. Also there are still opportunities for consumer and carer advocates to become involved, which you can view below.

Oakden Communique 1 July 2017


Engage and Participant in Mental Health 

The National Mental Health Commission has launched a page for people with lived experience in mental health, their families, carers and friends. It provides the opportunity for those effected by mental health to share their views and ideas about engagement and participation in mental health. You can find out more on their website here.

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DonateLife Week 2017

Sunday 30 July – Sunday 6 August 

DonateLife Week 2017 invites Australians who would like to donate their organs, make their decision count by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register and discussing their decision with family and friends. This week is a key part of the Australian Government’s national reform program to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes. More than 1,400 Australians today are waiting for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant. If you are willing to become an organ and tissue donor, please add your name to the Australian Organ Donor Register and one day you could save lives, you can register your details here.  



Prehab – Can exercise prior to surgery improve patient outcomes?

Tuesday 25 July 2017

The Flinders Centre for Innovation for in cancer Is holding a free public lecture called Prehab – Can exercise prior to surgery improve patient outcomes? You can find out more in the flyer below. 

Prehab Flyer


Community Information Sessions about the new RAH

Want to find out more about the new RAH? Join a community information session in your local area and learn about the new state-of-the-art hospital and how the move is going to work. Midday and evening sessions will be held at each location. Find out more and register here.

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training

Tuesday 25 July 2017

We still have vacancies for our free Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session in July. This training will build your knowledge about consumer-centred care, consumer engagement in health and how it improves the safety and quality of health services, as well as some practical tips for effective consumer advocacy. The training is from 9.30am - 3pm and lunch is provided. You can find out more and register to attend here.

7th International Carers Conference

Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 October 2017


Carers Australia will host the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide with early bird registrations open until Friday 4 August 2017. The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way support is delivered to unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities. You can find out more and register here.

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