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

Who are we?

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) was established in 2002 as the peak health consumer organisation in South Australia.  We are a member-based, independent, not-for-profit organisation, funded by SA Health.

We work with our members and supporters to achieve our vision:

Consumers at the centre of health in South Australia.

 Health consumers are people who use, or are potential users of health services, including their family and carers.
 

What do we do?

HCA’s mission is to engage consumers and health services to achieve high quality, safe, consumer-centred care for all South Australians.

We seek to promote and strengthen the voices, wellbeing, rights and leadership of health consumers.

We advocate that consumer engagement policy and practice is embedded across the SA health care system. This includes public, private and non-government health service providers.

We believe that consumer engagement results in better planning and policy-making. This leads to better health outcomes and community wellbeing.

HCA’s Strategic Directions 2017 – 2020

1. We lead health consumer engagement across all levels: individual, service and system.
Outcome: Consumers influence health at all levels.

2. We lead systemic advocacy and policy to shape consumer-centred care.
Outcome: Consumers inform health policy, planning, design, delivery, measurement and evaluation.

3. We provide information, learning and development to build the skills of consumers and health services.
Outcomes: Consumers have access to accurate health information.
Consumers and health services have the skills to effectively partner.

4. We develop our people, culture and systems to be an effective and thriving organisation.
Outcome: Health consumers have an effective, thriving and sustainable organisation in South Australia.

For more details, see our Strategic Directions 2017 - 2020.


Full membership of HCA is open to health consumers, carers and health consumer organisations.

You can complete the membership application here 

Latest news

Conflict of Interest Workshop

Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop.

HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available.

Reminder: Christmas Closure

HCA will close for the Christmas period, Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019. Next week's eNews will be our last for 2018 and will be a short wrap up of the year.

The first edition of our 2019 eNews will be published on Wednesday 23 January 2019.

There is change ahead for the HCA team in 2019, and we take this opportunity to thank our supporters and members for your continued support throughout 2018.

Transvaginal Mesh Update - New clinic opens!

SA Health has established the SA Health Pelvic Mesh Clinic at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a specialist clinic for women experiencing complications from pelvic mesh. The clinic aims to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care for all South Australian women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants. The clinic brings together experts from various health backgrounds and disciplines to work together as a team to review each patient’s individual case. A GP referral is required to access the clinic. Information for consumers and GPs is available here.

The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line: 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

ACSQHC - Partnering with Consumers Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation.

The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.

You can view the report here.

Head to Health - Finding Mental Health Resources

Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.

You can visit the site here.


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Events

15th National Rural Health Conference

24 - 27 March 2019
Hobart Tasmania

Everything you need to refresh your energy and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia is there; including:

  • 4 days of inspiring presentations and events
  • 5 pre-conference events
  • 30 keynote speakers
  • 212 presenters in 45 concurrent sessions
  • 40 poster presentations
  • a stimulting arts and health program
  • 75 exhibitors
  • and a gala dinner!

Register here before 31 December 2018 to take advantage of the discounted Earlybird registration rate.


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