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, a writing and editing consultancy. 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.
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).
Ros has over 35 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.
After a long, diverse and fulfilling career as a media, public relations, management, community engagement and digital communications specialist, my focus now is on the aged and health care industries. I will always promote a positive image of our industry to the community at large and encourage industry wide best practice with dignity in (aged) care for everyone.
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.
Tony Gywnn-Jones is currently a 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.
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.
At Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA), we work with our members and supporters to achieve our vision: Consumers at the centre of health in South Australia.
In the lead-up to the state election, we are seeking consumer and community views to help shape our advocacy and election priorities.
We invite you to tell us what matters to you. As a guide, we have listed some questions below that you may wish to consider.
1. What should health services do more of for South Australians?
2. What should health services stop doing for South Australians?
3. Are there issues that HCA should influence more?
4. Are there priority groups of South Australians that HCA could be helping more?
Thank you for sharing your views, and for helping us to promote and strengthen the voices, wellbeing, rights and leadership of health consumers.
Asthma SA has recently launched a range of asthma-related resources for community members from Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Dinka & Nepali speaking backgrounds.The resources reflect the different information needs of these community language groups with varying levels of health literacy in relation to asthma basic facts, key daily asthma management, & asthma first aid. You can access the resources here.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare and Independent Hospital Pricing Authority have developed an animation about medical records and date-driven Healthcare. The animation was created in consultation with clinical stakeholders and aims to raise awareness among clinicians of what clinical coding is, and how the medical record is used in this context. You can watch the video
HCA hosted a forum on the draft Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Amendment Bill on Thursday 21 September 2017. The objective of the forum was to gain consumer feedback on the draft bill. The report outlining the main themes and recommendations emerging from the forum is available below.
HCA held the 2017 HCA Members Forum on Monday 25 September 2017, from 3.00 to 5.00pm. Seventeen members attended. The purpose of the forum was to provide an opportunity for HCA members to identify the priorities for HCA’s advocacy and 2017/18 state election platforms.
Eight priority issues emerged:
1. The consumer/health system interface
2. Rural and remote health
3. Service improvement through the consumer voice
4. Aged care and older people, and health care homes
5. Social determinants of health - the needs and health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and high incarceration rates, were highlighted at the conclusion of the forum. So too was the need to change the culture of the workplace to ensure a consumer focus. There was also an acknowledgement of racism in health care.
6. Consumer and carer escalation of care
7. Medication management first response and polypharmacy
8. Access and navigation of the health system, including E-Health and information technology access.
You can find the Forum Summary Report below.
Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 November 2017
The Ageing Well Conference will highlight the leading transformational global trends and bring together international experts to explore the business innovation and social innovation opportunities. At the heart of the design and thinking is ensuring people in their 60’s and beyond have better choices that bring their life greater purpose and meaning, and more control in determining the choices available to them as they transition through life’s course. You can find out more and register here.
Wednesday 15 November
1.00 - 3.30pm
Following the state-wide power outage in September 2016, SA Health has developed an emergency plan to manage the impacts of an extended power outage. HCA is hosting a forum to seek consumer advice on the SA Health Community Power Dependency Project. The forum objectives are to give consumers the opportunity to review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and messaging, and provide feedback on what to do to prepare for and manage an outage. You can find out more and register here.
Sunday 15 October – Saturday 21 October 2017
This week is National Carers Week, a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution that Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our nation. There are many ways to engage with the campaign this year, you can find out more on the website here. You can publicly pledge your thanks to Australia’s unpaid carers and let them know how much they count here.
Thursday 26 October 2017
7pm - 8.45pm
The Adelaide Mitcham Prostate support meeting will provide an overview of prostate disease. The guest speaker is Dr Richard Wells, who is a urologist. You can view the event flyer to find out more here.
Sunday 22 October 2017
Cancer Voices Challenge Bike Ride is on this Sunday, starting at 8am from Kensington Gardens reserve, Norwood Parade between Glynburn & Penfolds Rd. Ride into the beautiful Adelaide Hills with 20, 35 or 67km distance options. Cost of entry-wear yellow! You can find out more and register here.