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).
Researchers at the Institute for Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University have released their report ‘Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care’. The report summarises the results found in a study to explore the impact of Consumer Directed Care on six aged care facilities in Melbourne. The report highlights what more needs to be done to support these changes to aged care services in Australia. You can download and view the report here.
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have released the report ‘Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia’’ and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. You can find out more and view the report here.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) releases quarterly performance reports for each state and territory. These reports provide information for the public on the activities and performance of AHPRA and the National Boards in each state and territory. It covers their main areas of activity – managing registration, managing notifications and offences against the National Law, and monitoring health practitioners and students with restrictions on their registration. You can view the reports for each state and territory and find out more here.
HCA member and consumer advocate Judy Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, by being admitted as Member of the Order of Australia. Judy has over 50 years experience in health, commencing her career as a nurse and more recently working as a consumer advocate. Judy is an active consumer advocate and HCA member and currently works part time as a Consumer Liaison Officer at the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS). We congratulate Judy on this recognition of many years of work in community health. You can read more about Judy below.
The first issue of the Country Health SA Mental Health Services Newsletter has been released. Its aim is to share information with consumers and carers that have accessed or are familiar with Country Health SA Mental Health Services. It will also provide information to people in the community who have an interest in rural mental health matters. You can view and download the newsletter below.
Saturday 29 June 2017
Each year on a cold winter’s night in June, a group of like-minded CEOs, senior managers and leaders from all sectors come together to raise funds and awareness on the reality of homelessness in Australia. This year in South Australia, the sleep out will be held on the grounds of Government House and joined by the host for the evening’s proceedings, Kate Ceberano. You don't need to be a CEO to get involved. You can find out more, register and donate here.
Saturday 14 October 2017
The kids and youth disability expo, hosted by KYD-X, is focused on the services and products available for people under 25 with a disability. It aims to inform individuals, families and carers about equipment, therapies and treatments available to them, helping them to maximise the use of their NDIS funding. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 – September 2017
The Annual Australasian college of Health Service Management (ACHSM) in partnership with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) will host the 2017 Health Leadership conference. The conference will bring together renowned thought-leaders from within and outside the healthcare system, with the central theme of, the winds of Change-adjust your sails’. You can find out more and register here.
Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017
The 2017 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The conference theme, ‘Connecting Asthma Care’, highlights the importance of collaborative care models as critical in ensuring a patient’s interaction with the health system is linked between different levels of care, enabling appropriate case management and systematic follow up. You can find out more and register to attend here.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia has released its Carer Support Program schedule for the second half of 2017. The program offers different peer educated programs for people who are experiencing mental illness, and for their family and friends. All facilitators have lived experience, either as a carer, or as a person living with a mental illness. You can view the flyer below which outlines more information about the programs and dates. You can book a place online through the MIFSA website here or by phoning 8378 4100.