Phone: 08 8231 4169 | Email: info@hcasa.asn.au | Find HCASA on FacebookFollow HCASA on Twitter

Phone: 08 8231 4169
Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
Find HCASA on FacebookFollow HCASA on Twitter

hca logo

Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

Congratulations to the Clinical Governance Unit, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) on winning the award for Partnering with Consumers, Carers, and Community. Their work on the consumer-led fasting guidelines was recognised as a collaborative project between consumers and staff, which has improved the patient experience and reduced negative feedback about fasting by 60%. You can read more about this award-winning work and find out about the other award winners here.

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 HCA brochure is available to order online. It was designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. If your organisation would benefit from having copies of our brochure available to your consumers and/or staff, you can place an order here.

Knowing there is a great deal of passion among the CAN members for primary health and prevention in both physical and mental health, HCA sent out a call for feedback on the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' creative concepts. SA Health was impressed with the quality of the feedback, and appreciated the 29 members who took the time to respond. HCA is pleased to be working with such a caring, intelligent and generous group of people. The CAN meets quarterly, and is open to anyone who has attended HCA’s Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training. Please contact Kathy on 8231 4169 if you would like to join.

Surgeon and author Atul Gawande‘s book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” examines how the treatment of the elderly and the dying can be improved, an issue which was brought home for Gawande when his father was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. You can listen to the podcast here 

HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:

 State Budget 2017 -18 HCA Summary

HCA is pleased to release our new brochure, designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. You can view and order the HCA brochure here.

The Australian Government Department of Health has published a list of useful factsheets on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). The factsheets contain a listing of Medicare services that are subsidised by the Australian Government. You can view the factsheets here.

 

Latest news

Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

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

HCA Training 2019

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.

Back to eNews here

Closing in on a genetic map for depression

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. 

Sexual Health Counselling Now Available at Headspace Onkaparinga

Headspace Onkaparinga now offers sexual health counselling, every Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Counselling is available for people aged 12 - 25 years who can recieve free advice and referral on sexual health-related concerns. Clients can choose to visit the centre on their own or with a partner or support person. To make an appointment, call (08) 8186 8600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resources and support links for mentally healthy workplaces

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.


View all latest news


Latest eNews

Events

Workshop – Draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter)

Wednesday 6 March 2019

11.30am - 2:30 pm
HCA Adelaide

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. 

Closing The Gap Day

Wednesday 27 March 

11.00am - 3.00pm
Adelaide Showgrounds

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.

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019

Melbourne

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. 

Health & Community Services Complaints Commissioner Website Focus Group

Wednesday 30 January 2019

10am – 12pm
HCA Adelaide

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. 

Back to eNews here. 

Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer Workshop

Thursday 21 February 2019

1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thebarton

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

 


View all events

HCA on Facebook

HCA on Facebook

HCA on Facebook

nothing about us without us