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.
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.
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.
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.
Danny has worked in a diverse range of positions over four decades in youthwork, disability services community health and primary health services and public health. He has occupied senior and executive leadership positions and has led several organisational change strategies. He has worked in nongovernment organisations as well as in state and local government. He has led advocacy for progressive health policy and health reform including taking leadership roles in the development of health legislation in this State. He holds qualifications in social work and health economics.
Dianne is an experienced consumer advocate. She has been a member of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Consumer Advisory Group, and more recently on the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA) with SAHMRI and various other roles. She was a Board member of the Ardrossan Community Hospital Inc. and the Ardrossan Health Centre Trust from.
Paul Laris has over 40 years’ experience as a health care provider, health services manager, program evaluator, policy developer and citizen advocate. Since 2006 he has worked as a community member of the South Australian Medical Board and was a community member of the inaugural Australian Medical Board from 2010 to 2016.
Meg is a registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience across the health system including rural and remote, community services and acute hospitals. She is experienced in evidenced-based nursing, quality and safety, and systems improvement both within nursing and the broader health care context. Her career in healthcare includes operational roles and change management experience, including planning, implementing and leading innovation in complex healthcare environments.
Victoria is currently undertaking a Master of Public Health at the University of Adelaide but also has a bachelor of Business Marketing from Cameron University in Oklahoma. She works part-time in project management for various organisations including Catherine House and SA Woman. As a consumer advocate, she splits her time between several organisations including Cancer Voices SA and Consumers Health Forum Australia. She is a mum to two primary aged children.
Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop.
HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available.
HCA will close for the Christmas period, Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019. Next week's eNews will be our last for 2018 and will be a short wrap up of the year.
The first edition of our 2019 eNews will be published on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
There is change ahead for the HCA team in 2019, and we take this opportunity to thank our supporters and members for your continued support throughout 2018.
SA Health has established the SA Health Pelvic Mesh Clinic at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a specialist clinic for women experiencing complications from pelvic mesh. The clinic aims to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care for all South Australian women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants. The clinic brings together experts from various health backgrounds and disciplines to work together as a team to review each patient’s individual case. A GP referral is required to access the clinic. Information for consumers and GPs is available here.
The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line: 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation.
The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.
You can view the report here.
Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.
You can visit the site here.
24 - 27 March 2019
Everything you need to refresh your energy and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia is there; including:
Register here before 31 December 2018 to take advantage of the discounted Earlybird registration rate.