HCA held the 2017 HCA Members Forum on Monday 25 September 2017, from 3.00 to 5.00pm. Seventeen members attended. The purpose of the forum was to provide an opportunity for HCA members to identify the priorities for HCA’s advocacy and 2017/18 state election platforms.
Eight priority issues emerged:
1. The consumer/health system interface
2. Rural and remote health
3. Service improvement through the consumer voice
4. Aged care and older people, and health care homes
5. Social determinants of health - the needs and health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and high incarceration rates, were highlighted at the conclusion of the forum. So too was the need to change the culture of the workplace to ensure a consumer focus. There was also an acknowledgement of racism in health care.
6. Consumer and carer escalation of care
7. Medication management first response and polypharmacy
8. Access and navigation of the health system, including E-Health and information technology access.
You can find the Forum Summary Report below.
HCA hosted a forum on the draft Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Amendment Bill on Thursday 21 September 2017. The objective of the forum was to gain consumer feedback on the draft bill. The report outlining the main themes and recommendations emerging from the forum is available below.
Shine has launched a new counselling service to provide free confidential counselling to the LGBTIQ community. The service was created in direct response to reported increases in trauma and distress experienced by the South Australian LGBTIQ community as a result of the marriage equality debate. The service is free and can be provided in person, over the phone, email or via Skype. You can find out more in the flyer below.
We are very proud to release our 2016 - 2017 Annual Report, supported by a Summary of Highlights from the full version of the report. These two documents are testimonials of the outcomes HCA has achieved in implementing our four Strategic Directions for 2017 - 2020. You can view the full Annual Report and the Summary of Highlights below.
On Thursday 9 November ME/CFS Australia held the South Australian screening of Unrest. The movie documents a young couple’s lives as they come to terms with the new brides life impacted by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Kathy Mickan, Manager of Consumer Engagement for HCA had the opportunity to moderate the question and answer session where a panel including two people living with ME/CFS, and one carer, answered questions relating to the isolating nature of the condition, the pressure that it can put on relationships, the lack of clarity around the causes of the condition, and the inadequate level of research. The Adelaide screening was one of the most successful in Australia, with an audience of 300. There were people with ME/CFS; their family, carers and friends; health practitioners; ME/CFS researchers; and students across the health sciences in attendance. Hon Kelly Vincent MLC was guest of honour. Kathy Mickan, Manager Consumer Engagement for HCA had the opportunity to moderate the question and answer session where a panel including two people living with ME/CFS, and one carer, answered questions relating to the isolating nature of the condition, the pressure that it can put on relationships, the lack of clarity around the causes of the condition, and the inadequate level of research. ME/CFS has long been misunderstood, so if you know someone with ME/CFS, or would like to learn more about the realities of living with this condition, then please watch the movie online. The options for viewing online include:
ITunes (available to buy now. Will be available for rent on Dec 15): https://itunes.apple.com/au/movie/unrest/id1265409535
Vimeo (available to buy): https://vimeo.com/ondemand/unrest
Amazon (rent or buy): https://www.amazon.com/Unrest-Jennifer-Brea/dp/B075LQ3Y8R/
Google Play (available to buy): https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Unrest
The Government is expanding My Health Record for all Australians in 2018. The aim is to give all Australians control of their own health record, what it contains and how it is accessed. You also have a choice to opt out of having a My Health Record if you prefer. You can find more information below.
My Health Record legislation provides protections for the privacy of medical information in the system. It has bank strength security which ensures information is stored and accessed by only trusted connected health systems. You can find out about the security of My Health Record below.
The My Health Record system has been designed to enable individuals to control who can access their My Health Record or specific information held within it. Find out more about how you can control who accesses My Health Record below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) have released a media statement calling for Australian hospitals to release more records on patient safety, and treatment outcomes, in the interests of driving better care. You can read the full statement here.
Tuesday 12 December 2017
12pm – 5pm
The 7th Annual Chronic Disease Management Symposium will provide participants with practical steps to achieve more integrated care for patients with chronic disease. You can find out more including details on how to register in the flyer below.
Wednesday 29 November 2017
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Skylight invites you to a special panel forum on understanding mental illness & substance use. The forum will provide participants with a better understanding of the connection between mental illness and substance abuse, and explore helpful ideas and strategies. There will be a lived experience panel who will share their experience and approach to recovery. You can find out more and register here.
Wednesday 29 November 2017
1pm – 3pm
HCA is hosting a forum on Consumer Experience of Funded Services. The forum objective is that forum participants will establish an approach across SA Health that ensures the community based services funded through SA Health have a consumer-centred care focus. Afternoon tea will be provided following the forum. You can find out more and register here.
Thursday 23 November 2017
9.30am – 12.15pm
Registrations to attend the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) are now open. The main topic for discussion is the SA Mental Health Strategic and Action Plans. The session will include a keynote by Chris Burns, the SA Mental Health Commissioner, and a workshop to gain your input on the action plans. You can find out more and register here.
Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 November 2017
The Ageing Well Conference will highlight the leading transformational global trends and bring together international experts to explore the business innovation and social innovation opportunities. At the heart of the design and thinking is ensuring people in their 60’s and beyond have better choices that bring their life greater purpose and meaning, and more control in determining the choices available to them as they transition through life’s course. You can find out more and register here.