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At the HCA Board meeting on 5 March 2018, the Board discussed the selection of the new HCA Chief Executive (CE), and also agreed on due diligence checks for the new CE and Directors. Routine governance business such as the HCA budget and risk management were discussed, and Directors endorsed several individual HCA membership applications. Directors also discussed the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation report on the Oaken Older Persons Mental Health Facility, and an update on the HCA 2018 Election Platform. You can read the Board Update below.

Board Update March 2018


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Welcome Ellie

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.

HCA Training

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.

New advice: pain management, rheumatology, and rehabilitation

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.

Endometriosis Awareness Month

March 2018

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.

Large-scale genetic study provides new insight into the causes of stroke

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.

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Advance Care Directives: A matter of love, rights and self-determination

Wednesday 18 April 2018

4pm - 6pm
Science Exchange

HCA, in partnership with Adelaide Primary Health Network and SA Health, will host a forum as part of National Advance Care Planning Week on Advance Care Directives (ACD). The forum is aimed at consumers to increase awareness of the purpose and importance of ACDs in protecting individual rights in real-world situations. There will be four speaker presentations followed by a panel. You can find out more and register to attend here.

Lived Experience Engagement Framework Forum

Tuesday 27 March 2018

9.30am – 12.30pm

Consumers with lived experience of mental health issues and the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) are partnering to develop a Lived Experience Engagement Framework. This forum is the first consultation to engage consumer feedback and input to ensure the framework is relevant. The event will be hosted by the Chief Psychiatrist and facilitated by members of the Chief Psychiatrist's Lived Experience Reference Group. You can find out more and register here.

COTA: April Falls event

Thursday 5 April 2018
10am – 3pm

COTA is hosting an information session about the impact of falls on older consumers' health and wellbeing. The session will cover the following topics:

the impact medicines can have on balance
how being frail and losing muscle can be a big predictor of having a fall
what you can do to prevent a fall
a test to determine what your risk of falling is.
A light lunch will be provided for participants. You can find out more here. To register your interest call COTA SA on
8232 0422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Cultural Diversity Month Exhibition

Friday 9 March – Wednesday 11 April 2018

North Adelaide

As part of cultural diversity month, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation in partnership with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre is hosting a photographic exhibition themed ''everyone belongs''. The photographs focus on the lives of families, children and young people who arrived in South Australia as refugees between 2002 and 2014. You can find out more here.

SA breakfast forum: breakfast with the Minister for Health

Thursday 12 April 2018

Pullman Adelaide

The Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) is hosting a breakfast to welcome the new Minister for Health, following the recent state election. You will have the opportunity to hear from the Minister about the Government’s vision and policy framework for the health and wellbeing of South Australians. You can find out more and register here.

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