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.
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.
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.
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. He has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance – the national peak advocacy body for rural and remote health.
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.
Christine (Tina) Wakelin brings a wealth of experience working in rural and remote South Australia.
Tina worked as a Rural / Remote / Registered Nurse for 47 years and completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree externally in 1991. She served on the Eastern Eyre Health Advisory Council from 2009 - 2015; was a Member of the Advisory Committee on the role of Health Advisory Councils (HACs) for the Health Performance Council from 2010 - 2011; and was a previous Board Member of the Kimba Community Hotel / Motel.
Dr Nina Sivertsen is an Arctic Indigenous Sámi woman from Northern Norway currently living and working on Kaurna Lands in Adelaide, Australia. Nina is an RN and Lecturer within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, with a commitment to social justice and advocacy as evidenced by her work experience and Board and Committee experience to date.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Wednesday 29 August 2018
1.30pm – 3.00pm
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.
Thursday 13 September 2018
9.15am – 12.30om
Thursday 27 September 2018
10am – 4pm
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.
Friday 31 August 2018
8.30am - 5.00pm
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.
Wednesday 12 September 2018
1.00pm – 4.30pm
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.