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.
HCA Annual Report 2016 – 2017
HCA Annual Report 2016 - 2017: Summary of Highlights
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.
Expanding My Health Record 2018
Security of My Health Record
Setting access controls to My Health Record
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.