A HCA consumer advocate is a person who advocates the consumer perspective and has the requisite experience to speak as an informed consumer (e.g. Statewide Clinical Networks, GP Plus Networks). A consumer advocates program has been developed by HCA as a way of encouraging and organizing the participation of consumers, and the representation of their interests, in health care decision making.
The program is a process for selecting and supporting consumer advocates or representatives, who then act in a formal capacity to provide perspectives to decision makers and policy developers in the health sector. Government and non-government organisation contact HCA seeking consumer representatives.
Consumer advocate positions are advertised through HCA's Consumer Advocate Vacancies page, our eNews and the Consumer Opportunity newsletter.
Overall, the program is a vital part of promoting the voices of health consumers to policy and decision-makers.
HCA offers support and training for consumer advocates and encourages application from those with relevant experience to apply.
HCA'S SYSTEMIC ADVOCACY FRAMEWORK
Lyn’s passion to make a difference created a pathway into advocacy that has had her contribute across many areas of health. She has sat on a number of committees positively influencing change in consumer representation and person centred care across the health system including recent contributions though the transforming health committee and working groups on models of care. Read Lyn’s full interview below.
Julie has a passion for community and for building consumer centred care into services supporting people who are living with drug & alcohol addictions; and mental illnesses. This passion has led her to become actively engaged with Adelaide Primary Health Network, Northern Disability Network, Northern Carers Network, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia and Health Consumers Alliance. You can read our full interview with Julie below.
Jules is a dedicated advocate for consumers in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. She is an active member of Healthy Cities Onkaparinga and the recipient of the 2015 Southern Community International Women's Day award. Jules is passionate about primary health care and prevention; and cancer survivorship. You can read our full interview with Jules below.
Cecil has a lifetime of experience living with and recovering from Bipolar Affective Disorder (BPAD). He identifies mental health and disability advocacy as his vocation and calling. Cecil has an ongoing association with Lifeline (Uniting Communities), Centacare, SAHMRI, the Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience, the Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia, the Community Visitor Scheme and the South Australian Office of the Chief Psychiatrist. You can read our full interview with Cecil below.
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.