The Board is responsible for governance and strategic leadership of Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA), and is supported in that role by the Chief Executive. It is ultimately accountable to members, funders and other stakeholders for HCA's operation in carrying out its aims on behalf of South Australia's health consumers.
Debra is a consumer, carer and consumer representative. She originally trained as a teacher and has undertaken health curriculum development, policy and research. She has worked with The Smith Family and was CEO of Asthma Australia. Debra is currently a Research Fellow in the Faculty of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); has several government committee appointments including Chair of the MBS (Medicare) Review Consumer Panel and Member of the South Australian Government Health Performance Council; is an NPS: Medicinewise Director; Chairs the Board of HCA; and undertakes pro bono roles with a wide range of community organisations.
Jessie joined the HCA Board in 2013. She is Director of Fleurieu Consult Public Relations and Communications. Her experience is predominantly at senior levels in the public sector, including Policy Manager with COTA SA, Deputy Chief Executive Community Wellbeing Division in the SA Attorney-General's Department, Director of the Local Government Division in the Tasmanian Premier's Department, and Director of the SA Office of Trade.
Charlie is a media, public relations and digital communications specialist, a Social PR Strategist and published author. She is currently the Communications Advisor for Southern Cross Care (SA&NT), where she is fully engaged within the aged care sector, responsible for actively communicating their diverse range of initiatives, programs, achievements and opportunities, both internally and externally, across all communication and media channels.
She is a Community Leader for the online Australian Carer Group and founded the social group ‘Unearthing Wine’ in 2007.
Ros has over 30 years' experience working in the healthcare field in the public and private sector. Most recently she has managed the Safety, Quality and Risk Management Unit in an acute hospital setting and has been able to implement change in staff practices arising from the feedback that consumers have provided to the unit.
Tony Gywnn-Jones is currently Presiding Member of the Lower North Health Advisory Council. After 35 years in management roles in the manufacturing industry, Tony and his wife Maggie restored the Bruce Railway Station, near Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, and ran it as hosted accommodation for ten years. Following this, they moved to the Clare Valley and operated two bed and breakfast cottages.
Mark holds a post graduate degree in Social Work and has extensive experience in the management of public sector community services and health organisations in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia over a period in excess of 25 years. Mark has been responsible for leading the redevelopment of public community mental health services in the Adelaide metropolitan area, and more recently the establishment of a new not-for-profit aged and community services provider in the Northern Territory – ARRCS Ltd.
Rachel is passionate about the intersection of psychology and public health, holding a PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology (2011) from the University of Adelaide. With the South Australian Government Rachel contributed to the development of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, and now with the Local Government Association of South Australia, she supports Councils in the implementation of the legislation through Public Health Planning. Internationally, Rachel has worked with the World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health, and in humanitarian response with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Oxfam Great Britain.
Jane has many years working in health at all levels and across many care settings. Jane is passionate about health, wellbeing and ageing, and the vulnerable in the community. Jane represents Prison Health on the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Consumer Advocates Council, and is a member of Palliative Care SA.
Stephen has worked as an OHS professional for 30 years in a range of industry sectors, including health, manufacturing, local government, aviation, regulatory authorities, universities and the not for profit sector. His experience is underpinned by his university education in science, social science and health education, as well as public health and occupational health and safety. He is a Chartered OHS Professional and Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.
Allan became involved in health consumer advocacy when he became a carer for his wife Petra, following a severe stroke. Allan led the development of an award winning new approach to consumer engagement in aged care at Helping Hand: ‘Turn Up Your Voice’. Allan is Co-Chair of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Consumer Advisory Council, and represents Northern Adelaide on the Transforming Health Consumer Engagement Committee. He is also Chair of the Consumer Advisory Board for RDNS (Silver Chain organisation).
HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:
Has the biggest overhaul in the history of South Australia's health system worked? In the first of a two-part series on Transforming Health, InDaily explores what SA Health has to show for it. The opening of the new RAH and the closure of Repatriation General Hospital will conclude the service moves and Transforming Health will officially end. The ongoing review and improvement of models of care will continue to ensure that services remain contemporary. See the full article here.
HCA is pleased to release our new brochure, designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. You can view and order the HCA brochure here.
The SA health strategic action plan with carers 2016-2020 has been released. The action plan is designed to examine key issues and identify priorities relevant to partnering with carers and the community. You can view the document here.
Monday 10pm on 101.5 Radio Adelaide
The mental health show is all about demystifying mental health. During the show issues are discussed, concerns are raised and solutions are offered. Each week an expert from the field is invited to the show, to discuss the latest research details about their area of expertise. Inspirational stories will be shared with the aim that struggling listeners may feel hopeful. You can find out more and listen to past episodes here.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
1pm – 4pm
Consultation is open for the draft updated National Palliative Care Strategy. Face to face feedback is invited during a workshop to be held at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can view the draft strategy here. Online feedback is also invited through an online survey, you can take the survey here. Find out more and register here.
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 2017
This year’s Balance Awareness Week campaign aims to open the discussion and raise awareness of the issues and challenges people experience with balance and other related disorders, and how they have overcome them. The campaign called ‘Do your best flamingo… share your story’, invites those with lived experience to share their stories about how they rebalanced their lives after being diagnosed with one of these disorders. You can find out more and share your story online here.
Friday 8 September 2017
The Frailty & Healthy Ageing Research Showcase will present the latest research taking place in frailty and healthy ageing. Participants will have a chance to find out about the latest technological advances, and will be given critical insights across a full range of research. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. You can find out more and register here.
Friday 22 September 2017: Melbourne
The Alfred Health General Medicine Unit and The Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety invites registrations to their forum: Healthcare in a person-centred era: communicating to improve outcomes. Join a group of transformational speakers, facilitators and local consumers, to discuss the impact, evidence, strategies and practicalities of providing person-centred care. You can find out more and register here.
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.