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Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) is an incorporated association, governed and controlled by a Board elected by HCA's membership. As a not-for-profit organisation, we are recognised by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a Health Promotion Charity.

HCA’s members are health consumers and health consumer organisations. HCA is therefore a consumer-led organisation.

The Board comprises a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and six Board members. Of the 10 member Board, seven are elected directly by the full membership at a general meeting. The other positions are known as "sector representatives" and the Board may appoint up to three people with suitable sector experience, knowledge or expertise.

The Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson are elected directly by the membership, while the Treasurer and Secretary are appointed by the Board.

Board members are appointed for a two-year term.

For more information, please refer to HCA's Constitution, Objects and Rules.

HCA Constitution

Objects

HCA Rules

HCA's Board has adopted a Code of Conduct as a public declaration of the principles of good conduct and standards of behaviour they have agreed to demonstrate as individuals, when carrying out their role as a Board member.

Board Code of Conduct

Board Confidentiality Policy

 

 


Annual Reports 

HCA Annual Report 2015 - 16

HCA Annual Report 2014 -15

HCA Annual Report 2013 -14

HCA Annual Report 2012 - 13

HCA Annual Report 2011 - 12


 Strategic Directions

HCA’s Strategic Directions 2017 - 2020 were signed off by the Board on 24 October 2016, following consultation with members and other stakeholders between April and October 2016.

HCA Strategic Directions 2017 - 2020

Sixty-four individuals representing members, organisational members and stakeholders provided feedback and advice to HCA through an online survey held in April and May 2016. Six key informant interviews were also conducted with executives and leaders in the health sector.

The results informed the Draft Strategic Directions 2017 – 2020, prepared by the Board and HCA staff. HCA members provided valuable feedback on the draft document during the September 2016 members forum. Member feedback was also invited through an online forum.

You can view the summary of consultations in 2016 below.

Summary of 2016 Strategic Directions Consultation

HCA’s previous Strategic Directions are also available below.

HCA Strategic Directions 2012-16

 

Latest news

Summary report for the Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee released

The final Oakden Response Report is now available. It provides a comprehensive record of the work undertaken by the Oakden Report Response Plan Oversight Committee, on which HCA was a member. The committee was established under recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report It is intended to provide a complete reference point for policy documents and guidelines created in response to the Oakden Report recommendations for use by SA Health staff and staff of partner organisations providing services to older people in South Australia. The document contains details of the work of the Committee and its subcommittees and complete copies of all relevant outputs. You can download the document below. 

 Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee Final Report

NPS MedicineWise

Monday 20 – Sunday 26 August 2018

Next week is Be Medicinewise Week. The theme this year is ''Our Families Matter'', so it’s important to make safe and wise decisions about medicines and health. No matter what type of medicines you or your family take, it’s important to know your medicines. If medicines aren’t used correctly, the results can be serious. You can find out more about being Medicinewise here.

Pelvic Mesh morning tea

HCA’s Chief Executive, Julia Overton was invited to attend a morning tea held in SA Parliament House and hosted by the Pelvic Mesh Awareness Group. The morning brought people with lived experience together with members of parliament, industry experts and SA health. Thank you to the mesh affected women who attended and shared their experiences with us.

There is a SA Health Transvaginal Mesh Strategy in place now which includes:

- a free consumer support line 1800 666 374, staffed 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- establishment of The Consumer Advisory Group
- distribution of information via GP newsletters
- commencement of medical record audit
- establishment of The Executive Advisory Group and Clinical Reference Group.

You can find out more here

Carers SA Strategic Plan 2018-2019

Carers SA has released its Strategic Plan 2018-2019. This is an important document which will guide their work over the next 18 months and has been developed with input from the sector and staff. You can view the Plan on their website here.

Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant Scheme

Closes: 5pm Monday 27 August 2018

The South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre is inviting applications for Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grants through a funding allocation from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). This funding opportunity is presented in the context of the Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016 -2021 and Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2016-2018, as part of the Medical Research Future Fund. You can find out more in the Terms of Reference and download an application form below. 

TOR: Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant Scheme

Application form: Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant Scheme


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Events

Equity and Access in Health Care Forum

Wednesday 29 August 2018
1.30pm – 3.00pm
HCA, Adelaide

HCA in partnership with SA Health invites consumers to attend an information session to learn about the draft Equity and Access in Health Care Policy Directive for SA Health. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute their ideas and feedback on the Policy.

You can access the draft policy here.

You can register to attend the Forum here.

If you are unable to attend the Forum you can complete an online survey here.

Planning Ahead Seminar

Thursday 13 September 2018
9.15am – 12.30om
COTA Adelaide

COTA SA is hosting a free Reframing Ageing Seminar about the financial, legal and health benefits of early planning for retirement and beyond. To register and find out more call (08) 8232 0422, 1800 182 324 (free for country callers) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can view the program and find out more here.

Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, My Life My Choice

Thursday 27 September 2018

10am4pm
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.

Motor Neurone Disease Australia Conference

Friday 31 August 2018

8.30am - 5.00pm
Adelaide

The 9th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Australia Conference is hosted by the MND Association of South Australia and will be held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel. The Conference will promote the sharing of expertise and understanding of MND nationally, with the aim to improve care and support for people living with MND, their carers and families. You can find out more and register here.

Food Security Onkaparinga Forum

Wednesday 12 September 2018

1.00pm – 4.30pm
Noarlunga

Healthy Cities Onkaparinga is hosting a forum with the aim to establish a Food Security Collaborative for Onkaparinga. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and provide their input on what should be included in the design of the Food Security Collaborative. There will be guest speakers and presentations, information stalls and light refreshments will be served. You can find out more and register here.


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