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.
The March edition of the RAH Update is now available. It includes a look at ‘Technical Completion’ and what that means. You can view and download the update below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a media statement calling for more responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. You can read the statement here.
The purpose of the colloquium, organised by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Mental Health Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance, was to provide the opportunity for consumers, particularly emerging advocates, to join a day of talking and listening about strengthening the role of the consumer in shaping health care. You can read more about the colloquium on their latest blog post here.
Lynch Syndrome Australia has released Lynch syndrome: Australia’s untold health story, a report that calls for a number of important recommendations to improve diagnosis, risk management and support. It draws on the findings of a world-first study of the lived experience of people with Lynch syndrome and outlines responses from the 251 Australian participants. You can find out more and download the report here.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has achieved Technical Completion, a significant milestone in the delivery of SA’s world-class new hospital. Over the last five years, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has taken shape over the Adelaide CBD skyline and now is your chance to take a first look inside. The virtual tour shows you through a range of key areas including the Emergency Department, patient bedrooms, the main public entrance on level 3 and car parking facilities. the new RAH will set a benchmark for hospitals of the future and continue the long and proud tradition of providing the best possible care for all South Australians. You can view the video here.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Sunday 9 April 2017
1pm – 5pm University of Adelaide
PainAustralia in collaboration with South Australian healthcare consumer organisations is hosting the annual Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. The symposium will bring the issue of pain management to the forefront for health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in South Australia. If you live with pain or have an interest in in this area of medicine, you can find out more and register to attend online here. The full flyer is available below.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training is coming to Nuriootpa this April. HCA provides training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. The free training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. If you would like to participate in Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training to prepare yourself for a consumer advocate role, or as a refresher for established consumer advocates, you can find out more, including details about registration in the flyer attached below.
Saturday 8 April 2017
10am – 2pm
Consumers are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 3 May 2016
12.30pm – 2.30pm (light lunch at 12pm)
At each meeting of the Consumer Advocates Network, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We welcome your attendance at the May meeting to learn about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record, including:
• an overview of EPAS and My Health Record
• how EPAS and My Health Record relate to each other and records systems
• security and access issues
• managing Advanced Care Directives and end of life decisions.
You can register to attend here.