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Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

The formation of Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) was a milestone in community and consumer engagement in South Australia. For many years, people active in health issues knew that it was an uphill battle to have their voices heard and actioned in the health system.

Early in 2001, the South Australian Council of Social Services began exploring strategies for more effective consumer participation in health and community services, auspicing a project funded by the SA Department of Human Services.

A Healthy Voices network of consumers and providers who were interested in advancing consumer participation was formed, together with a Project Steering Group. In October 2001, Healthy Voices organised a Raise Your Voice conference, which attracted more than 100 delegates. The Conference showcased good examples of consumer and community participation in health planning and service delivery, and ratified a Directions Statement put forward by the Project Steering Group to advance more effective consumer, carer and community participation.

Conference participants decided the first priority was the creation of a state-based consumer organisation, and called on community people and groups to develop the aims, objectives and structure for such an organisation. Consultations leading to the formation of HCA strongly indicated that people wanted an organisation which took a social view of health - one which would concentrate on systemic issues and improvements, based on the experience of health consumers in the system.

In May 2002, John Wishart, Healthy Voices Project Coordinator, compiled findings in the report Setting Up a South Australian Consumer Health Organisation. An Interim Management Committee was established to frame the constitution, canvass members and incorporate under South Australian law.

Setting Up a South Australian Consumers Health Organisation

Incorporation was achieved on 18 September 2002, and the inaugural Annual General Meeting was held on 6 November 2002.

HCA was evaluated after its first year of operation. The article below - Building an Effective Voice for Health Consumers in South Australia - appeared in Health Issues 81, Summer 2004. It summarises the evaluation findings, focussing on the benefits and achievements of HCA and areas that required additional attention.

Building an Effective Voice for Health Consumers in South Australia

 

Latest news

Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

The Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation is conducting an inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services. HCA was invited to make a submission in contribution to the inquiry. Studies have shown that health services working effectively and using a person-centred care approach can lead to improved workforce attitudes and job satisfaction, decreased emotional stress, decreased workforce turnover, and absenteeism and improved overall workforce wellbeing.

Read our submission here

HCA Training 2019

In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:

One of the changes of not having a core funding base is that we will now be charging for our training, including consumer training. Fees will be kept as low as possible, and opportunities for subsidised training will be made available to consumers who do not have the capacity to pay.

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Closing in on a genetic map for depression

An international team of researchers led by SAHMRI-based epidemiologist Dr Azmeraw Amare has opened the door to more rapid mapping of the genetic foundations of mental health disorders. The global collaboration, that included SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, found eight never-before-identified gene variants related to increased risk of depressive disorder, and more importantly, strengthened the evidence for genetic links between major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Find out more here. 

Sexual Health Counselling Now Available at Headspace Onkaparinga

Headspace Onkaparinga now offers sexual health counselling, every Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Counselling is available for people aged 12 - 25 years who can recieve free advice and referral on sexual health-related concerns. Clients can choose to visit the centre on their own or with a partner or support person. To make an appointment, call (08) 8186 8600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resources and support links for mentally healthy workplaces

The South Australian Health Commission offers online resources aimed at helping maintain a mentally health workplace. One of the important roles of the Commission is to work with South Australian communities and leaders to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Investing in mentally healthy workplaces is a win-win for employers, workers, the economy and the State. Find out more here.


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Events

Workshop – Draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter)

Wednesday 6 March 2019

11.30am - 2:30 pm
HCA Adelaide

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to attend a workshop to provide input on the draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). A consultation was undertaken in 2018 which sought feedback on how user-friendly and easy to understand the existing Charter is, and how it could be improved. This feedback has informed the draft Second Edition, which will be discussed in detail at the workshop. Feedback will also be sought on the types of resources participants would find helpful when using the Charter. Participants will be provided with introductory information and will be required to complete a short survey prior to the event. Lunch will be provided.

Find out more and register here. 

Closing The Gap Day

Wednesday 27 March 

11.00am - 3.00pm
Adelaide Showgrounds

Sonder, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network, is hosting the Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground. Admission is free for all ages. It aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. The event will also feature plenty of free activities for children, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.

Find out more here.

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019

Melbourne

The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April.

Find out more and register here. 

Health & Community Services Complaints Commissioner Website Focus Group

Wednesday 30 January 2019

10am – 12pm
HCA Adelaide

HCA is hosting a focus group for the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). The focus group aims to gain consumer feedback on their current website to ensure it is user-friendly.

You can find out more and register here. 

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Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer Workshop

Thursday 21 February 2019

1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thebarton

As part of the Community Mental Health Re-design Project, a Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer workshop is being held for consumers and carers who are or have received care from CALHN mental health services.
The aim of the workshop is to identify:

Who are our consumers, carers and community?
What are our guiding principles?
Service description – what works well and what we could do better?
Future service – how would it work?

Find out more and Register here

 


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