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.
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.
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.
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.
Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below.
Beginning soon as a national trial in Australia, the Collaborative Pairs Australia program is bringing together health providers and consumers to develop their teamwork skills, to lead change and improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will deliver leadership training to participants who enrol as consumer-clinician pairs in four regions, and support them to implement localised health service improvement and innovation projects. HCA Board Chair Deb Kay is one of the program facilitators. Deb is optimistic about the potential of this project to build the capacity and expertise of consumers and health professionals to work in genuine partnership. You can find more information on the program and Deb’s participation here.
At the HCA Board meeting on 5 February 2018, members discussed a range of topics, including changes to Board membership, progress in recruiting a new HCA Chief Executive, and the HCA 2018 Election Platform. You can read the Board Update here.
Last Tuesday we hosted our first Consumer Advocates Network (CAN) meeting for 2018. At each meeting of the CAN, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the February meeting was the SA Translation Centre, with guest speaker Jenni Carr. All members of the CAN network have completed our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training course. You can find out more about the training and scheduled training dates for 2018 here.
The SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee was established in June 2017 to provide oversight and guidance to SA Health in implementing the six recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report. Following each meeting, a communique summarising the activities of the committee is published. The February 2018 communique has been published and is available to view here. You can view all available communiques here.
Thursday 1 March 2018
9.30am – 1.30pm
The Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is hosting an Inspiration for Innovation Symposium at the Thebarton Community Centre, with the aim to encourage community members to join their Health Priority Network. The Network provides a platform to share ideas and work together to improve a person’s primary health care journey. The symposium will explore opportunities for improving:
• health promotion and health literacy
• mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and physical
• equity and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
You can find out more and register to attend here.
Wednesday 4 April 2018
5.30pm – 7.00pm
The Australian Institute of Project Management is hosting an event on health project management, the first event in a series. Registered participants will explore the challenges in project management in health. Guest Speaker Professor Judith Dwyer, Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at the Flinders University School of Medicine, will present ideas formed in the course of her working life in healthcare management. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their perspectives and stories following the presentation. You can view the event flyer to find out more below.
Tuesday 6 March 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 26 February 2018
5pm – 6.30pm
North Adelaide Community Centre
The National Disability Insurance Agency is running an information session to help people with disability, their families, and carers to:
gain information about accessing the NDIS
understand what may be included in an NDIS plan
prepare for their first planning conversation.
This session is for people who seek access to the NDIS or who already have gained eligibility for the NDIS. You can find out more and register here.
Thursday 22 March 2018
The Northern Health Network invites you to join them for a celebration of Indigenous culture at Closing the Gap Day, to be held at the Adelaide Showground. The day is a free all-ages event which aims to bring together people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. You can find out more and register here.