We have a small, but energetic and committed team at HCA who work to support our members and Consumer Advocates and ensure that there is a strong consumer voice in the planning, delivery, review and monitoring of health services in South Australia.
Michael Cousins is Chief Executive of the Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc, the peak body for health consumers and health consumer organisations in South Australia. Michael has over 20 years experience in health and community services, government and non-government. HCA seeks to position consumers and the community at the heart of health care, and advocates for the development of a consumer centred health system.
Michael is a public health advocate and policy leader. He represents health consumers on a number of senior committees within South Australia and nationally. He is a member of the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group for Transforming Health, the State Government’s health reform program; chair of the Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee for Transforming Health; chair of the Partnering with Consumers and Community Advisory Group for SA Health; and chair of the Partnering with Consumers Committee for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Michael is a member of the executive committees for the SA Academic Health Research Translation Centre; Consumer and Community Engagement Committee for the SA Health and Medical Research Institute; and SA NT DataLink.
Ellen Kerrins is the Manager for Advocacy and Policy at Health Consumers Alliance SA, she is also a member of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council and Board Director for Helping Hand Aged Care.
Ellen has proven ability to lead, consult with and advise health business units to effect organisational improvement. She has demonstrated capabilities in connecting with people, building and leading high performing teams. Having worked in government and not for profit sectors Ellen is adaptive, resilient and outcomes focused. With over 20 years experience as a leader, manager, executive and board director Ellen remains committed to public health. Ellen has a broad range of competencies with particular expertise in nursing, cancer control, primary health care and workforce reform. She is passionate about working with consumer focused health care providers and services.
Kathy Mickan is the Manager, Consumer and Community Engagement at Health Consumers Alliance SA. With more than 25 years’ experience in the health and community services sector, Kathy has extensive experience engaging with stakeholders with a particular focus on young people, health and mental health. Kathy has a passion for authentic engagement, building capacity and working collaboratively to achieve positive health outcomes for individuals and communities.
Karen Shepherd is the Project Officer at Health Consumers Alliance SA, and has a background in education and health services spanning more than 25 years. She brings experience in health promotion, communications, community education and media liaison. Karen has worked in the government and not for profit sectors, and is passionate about primary health care. Karen has an enduring commitment to improving health outcomes through effective communication and building partnerships.
Vanessa Vowles is an Administration Officer at Health Consumers Alliance. In her role at HCA she is also responsible for the eNews and the HCA website. Vanessa has worked in the area of Administration for over 15 years and has wide and varied experience in Administrations and Communications in both Adelaide and Sydney. She is passionate about online engagement and would love to see health consumers actively engaged online as well as through existing traditional methods.
Teresa Duncan is an Administrative Officer at Health Consumers Alliance. With a background in customer relations and office administration with research centres such as the Quality Use of Medicines Research Centre, Ian Wark Research Institute and SANT DataLink. Teresa is keen to utilise and extend her knowledge in an environment that promotes consumer voice, health and wellbeing.
Researchers at the Institute for Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University have released their report ‘Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care’. The report summarises the results found in a study to explore the impact of Consumer Directed Care on six aged care facilities in Melbourne. The report highlights what more needs to be done to support these changes to aged care services in Australia. You can download and view the report here.
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have released the report ‘Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia’’ and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. You can find out more and view the report here.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) releases quarterly performance reports for each state and territory. These reports provide information for the public on the activities and performance of AHPRA and the National Boards in each state and territory. It covers their main areas of activity – managing registration, managing notifications and offences against the National Law, and monitoring health practitioners and students with restrictions on their registration. You can view the reports for each state and territory and find out more here.
HCA member and consumer advocate Judy Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, by being admitted as Member of the Order of Australia. Judy has over 50 years experience in health, commencing her career as a nurse and more recently working as a consumer advocate. Judy is an active consumer advocate and HCA member and currently works part time as a Consumer Liaison Officer at the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS). We congratulate Judy on this recognition of many years of work in community health. You can read more about Judy below.
The first issue of the Country Health SA Mental Health Services Newsletter has been released. Its aim is to share information with consumers and carers that have accessed or are familiar with Country Health SA Mental Health Services. It will also provide information to people in the community who have an interest in rural mental health matters. You can view and download the newsletter below.
Saturday 29 June 2017
Each year on a cold winter’s night in June, a group of like-minded CEOs, senior managers and leaders from all sectors come together to raise funds and awareness on the reality of homelessness in Australia. This year in South Australia, the sleep out will be held on the grounds of Government House and joined by the host for the evening’s proceedings, Kate Ceberano. You don't need to be a CEO to get involved. You can find out more, register and donate here.
Saturday 14 October 2017
The kids and youth disability expo, hosted by KYD-X, is focused on the services and products available for people under 25 with a disability. It aims to inform individuals, families and carers about equipment, therapies and treatments available to them, helping them to maximise the use of their NDIS funding. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 – September 2017
The Annual Australasian college of Health Service Management (ACHSM) in partnership with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) will host the 2017 Health Leadership conference. The conference will bring together renowned thought-leaders from within and outside the healthcare system, with the central theme of, the winds of Change-adjust your sails’. You can find out more and register here.
Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017
The 2017 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The conference theme, ‘Connecting Asthma Care’, highlights the importance of collaborative care models as critical in ensuring a patient’s interaction with the health system is linked between different levels of care, enabling appropriate case management and systematic follow up. You can find out more and register to attend here.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia has released its Carer Support Program schedule for the second half of 2017. The program offers different peer educated programs for people who are experiencing mental illness, and for their family and friends. All facilitators have lived experience, either as a carer, or as a person living with a mental illness. You can view the flyer below which outlines more information about the programs and dates. You can book a place online through the MIFSA website here or by phoning 8378 4100.