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.
HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:
Has the biggest overhaul in the history of South Australia's health system worked? In the first of a two-part series on Transforming Health, InDaily explores what SA Health has to show for it. The opening of the new RAH and the closure of Repatriation General Hospital will conclude the service moves and Transforming Health will officially end. The ongoing review and improvement of models of care will continue to ensure that services remain contemporary. See the full article here.
HCA is pleased to release our new brochure, designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. You can view and order the HCA brochure here.
The SA health strategic action plan with carers 2016-2020 has been released. The action plan is designed to examine key issues and identify priorities relevant to partnering with carers and the community. You can view the document here.
Monday 10pm on 101.5 Radio Adelaide
The mental health show is all about demystifying mental health. During the show issues are discussed, concerns are raised and solutions are offered. Each week an expert from the field is invited to the show, to discuss the latest research details about their area of expertise. Inspirational stories will be shared with the aim that struggling listeners may feel hopeful. You can find out more and listen to past episodes here.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
1pm – 4pm
Consultation is open for the draft updated National Palliative Care Strategy. Face to face feedback is invited during a workshop to be held at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can view the draft strategy here. Online feedback is also invited through an online survey, you can take the survey here. Find out more and register here.
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 2017
This year’s Balance Awareness Week campaign aims to open the discussion and raise awareness of the issues and challenges people experience with balance and other related disorders, and how they have overcome them. The campaign called ‘Do your best flamingo… share your story’, invites those with lived experience to share their stories about how they rebalanced their lives after being diagnosed with one of these disorders. You can find out more and share your story online here.
Friday 8 September 2017
The Frailty & Healthy Ageing Research Showcase will present the latest research taking place in frailty and healthy ageing. Participants will have a chance to find out about the latest technological advances, and will be given critical insights across a full range of research. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. You can find out more and register here.
Friday 22 September 2017: Melbourne
The Alfred Health General Medicine Unit and The Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety invites registrations to their forum: Healthcare in a person-centred era: communicating to improve outcomes. Join a group of transformational speakers, facilitators and local consumers, to discuss the impact, evidence, strategies and practicalities of providing person-centred care. You can find out more and register here.
Want to find out more about the new RAH? Join a community information session in your local area and learn about the new state-of-the-art hospital and how the move is going to work. Midday and evening sessions will be held at each location. Find out more and register here.