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).
The March edition of the RAH Update is now available. It includes a look at ‘Technical Completion’ and what that means. You can view and download the update below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a media statement calling for more responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. You can read the statement here.
The purpose of the colloquium, organised by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Mental Health Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance, was to provide the opportunity for consumers, particularly emerging advocates, to join a day of talking and listening about strengthening the role of the consumer in shaping health care. You can read more about the colloquium on their latest blog post here.
Lynch Syndrome Australia has released Lynch syndrome: Australia’s untold health story, a report that calls for a number of important recommendations to improve diagnosis, risk management and support. It draws on the findings of a world-first study of the lived experience of people with Lynch syndrome and outlines responses from the 251 Australian participants. You can find out more and download the report here.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has achieved Technical Completion, a significant milestone in the delivery of SA’s world-class new hospital. Over the last five years, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has taken shape over the Adelaide CBD skyline and now is your chance to take a first look inside. The virtual tour shows you through a range of key areas including the Emergency Department, patient bedrooms, the main public entrance on level 3 and car parking facilities. the new RAH will set a benchmark for hospitals of the future and continue the long and proud tradition of providing the best possible care for all South Australians. You can view the video here.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Sunday 9 April 2017
1pm – 5pm University of Adelaide
PainAustralia in collaboration with South Australian healthcare consumer organisations is hosting the annual Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. The symposium will bring the issue of pain management to the forefront for health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in South Australia. If you live with pain or have an interest in in this area of medicine, you can find out more and register to attend online here. The full flyer is available below.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training is coming to Nuriootpa this April. HCA provides training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. The free training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. If you would like to participate in Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training to prepare yourself for a consumer advocate role, or as a refresher for established consumer advocates, you can find out more, including details about registration in the flyer attached below.
Saturday 8 April 2017
10am – 2pm
Consumers are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 3 May 2016
12.30pm – 2.30pm (light lunch at 12pm)
At each meeting of the Consumer Advocates Network, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We welcome your attendance at the May meeting to learn about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record, including:
• an overview of EPAS and My Health Record
• how EPAS and My Health Record relate to each other and records systems
• security and access issues
• managing Advanced Care Directives and end of life decisions.
You can register to attend here.