Last week HCA welcomed a new team member, Ellie Hodges. Ellie has joined the team as HCA's Consumer Engagement Project Officer for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).
Ellie has more than 18 years of experience working in the community and mental health sectors as a practitioner, manager, educator, advisor, advocate and consultant. Most recently, Ellie has been working in her Counselling Private Practice and as a Lived Experience Advisor to the South Australian Mental Health Commission.Ellie will be working with CALHN to create and implement a consumer engagement strategy. You can read more about Ellie here.
Last Wednesday HCA hosted its first Mental Health Advocacy Training in partnership with the Lived Experience Leadership and Advocacy Network. Experienced consumer representatives in the mental health sector came together to improve their advocacy skills at a strategic level.
Our next training is Introduction to Consumer Advocacy and will take place on Wednesday 11 April 2018. There are a few places still available. You can find out more and register to attend here.
Choosing Wisley Australia has released 15 new recommendations developed by three medical faculties and associations on healthcare practices that clinicians and consumers should question. with low back pain a common theme. Five new recommendations around pain management, including for low back pain and chronic non-cancer pain, have been developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. These recommendations offer the latest evidence-based advice on tests, treatments, and procedures that should be questioned by health professionals and consumers, and form the basis of their discussions on pain management. You can read Choosing Wisely’s media release here.
March is endometriosis awareness month, which aims to raise awareness of this disease. Endometriosis is a common disease, in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. Ten percent of women suffer with endometriosis at some point in their life, with the disease often starting in teenagers. High tea fundraisers will be held across the country this weekend to raise funds for an awareness campaign. You can find out more here.
An international research consortium studying 520,000 individuals from around the world has identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke, thus tripling the number of gene regions known to affect stroke risk. University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has released a media statement summarising the results here.