The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released two consumer resources to assist and support women who are considering treatment options in regard to Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence. The resources were developed in consultation with women across the country, who shared their lived experience at meetings held around the country. You can download the resources here.
As the 2018 National Immunisation Program (NIP) seasonal influenza vaccines are now available from vaccination providers, the Commonwealth Government has developed a suite of educational and promotional communication resources for providers and consumers to support awareness and uptake of the vaccination. Links to the influenza resources can be found on the Department of Health’s website here.
HCA Board Chair Debra Kay PSM is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Ms Julia Overton. Julia will commence in the role on 23 April 2018. Julia has spent the majority of her career working within the health system in South Australia, with a focus on the social determinants of health and equity. She is an experienced executive, having held senior positions within primary health services and Local Government, as well as management experience in small business. You can read more about Julia below. Julia is looking forward to working closely with our members and partners, consumers and communities, to strengthen the position of consumers at the centre of health in South Australia.
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.
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.
On 28 February 2018, the Hon Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), released his investigation report on the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility. The report highlights systemic failings in processes and oversight that allowed the events at the Oakden Facility to occur for more than a decade. HCA has prepared a summary of key findings, with a link to the full report, which you can view below. Anyone with concerns about people in care can contact the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, SA Police, or the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner. You can also phone the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.
HCA’s Acting Chief Executive Ellen Kerrins and Board Directors have met with representatives of six political parties to date, to discuss the HCA 2018 Election Platform:
The Hon Tammy Franks MLC, Greens SA
The Hon Dennis Hood MLC, Australian Conservatives
The Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, Minister for Health, Labor Party
The Hon Kelly Vincent MLC, Dignity Party
Mr Peter Vincent, SA-Best
The Hon Stephen Wade MLC, Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Liberal Party.
Key points from politicians, HCA members and stakeholders are noted below.
Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below.
The Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation is conducting an inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services. HCA was invited to make a submission in contribution to the inquiry. Studies have shown that health services working effectively and using a person-centred care approach can lead to improved workforce attitudes and job satisfaction, decreased emotional stress, decreased workforce turnover, and absenteeism and improved overall workforce wellbeing.
Read our submission here
In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:
One of the changes of not having a core funding base is that we will now be charging for our training, including consumer training. Fees will be kept as low as possible, and opportunities for subsidised training will be made available to consumers who do not have the capacity to pay.
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An international team of researchers led by SAHMRI-based epidemiologist Dr Azmeraw Amare has opened the door to more rapid mapping of the genetic foundations of mental health disorders. The global collaboration, that included SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, found eight never-before-identified gene variants related to increased risk of depressive disorder, and more importantly, strengthened the evidence for genetic links between major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Find out more here.
The South Australian Health Commission offers online resources aimed at helping maintain a mentally health workplace. One of the important roles of the Commission is to work with South Australian communities and leaders to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Investing in mentally healthy workplaces is a win-win for employers, workers, the economy and the State. Find out more here.
Wednesday 6 March 2019
11.30am - 2:30 pm
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to attend a workshop to provide input on the draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). A consultation was undertaken in 2018 which sought feedback on how user-friendly and easy to understand the existing Charter is, and how it could be improved. This feedback has informed the draft Second Edition, which will be discussed in detail at the workshop. Feedback will also be sought on the types of resources participants would find helpful when using the Charter. Participants will be provided with introductory information and will be required to complete a short survey prior to the event. Lunch will be provided.
Find out more and register here.
Wednesday 27 March
11.00am - 3.00pm
Sonder, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network, is hosting the Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground. Admission is free for all ages. It aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. The event will also feature plenty of free activities for children, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.
Find out more here.
Thursday 30 May 2019
The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April.
Find out more and register here.
Wednesday 30 January 2019
10am – 12pm
HCA is hosting a focus group for the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). The focus group aims to gain consumer feedback on their current website to ensure it is user-friendly.
You can find out more and register here.
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Thursday 21 February 2019
1.00pm – 4.00pm
As part of the Community Mental Health Re-design Project, a Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer workshop is being held for consumers and carers who are or have received care from CALHN mental health services.
The aim of the workshop is to identify:
Who are our consumers, carers and community?
What are our guiding principles?
Service description – what works well and what we could do better?
Future service – how would it work?
Find out more and Register here