The Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s have released a statement reassuring consumers not to panic about locking in their preferred health fund before the 1st April 2017 when higher premiums take effect. In most cases consumers, should be able to change from one fund to another with one month’s notice without facing financial penalty. Consumers need not rush when deciding about their health fund. You can read the full statement here.
HCA in collaboration with the South Australian Medical Research Institute has published a paper on developing a framework for integrating consumer engagement in health and medical research. The purpose of the paper is to develop a workable framework for consumer and community engagement for a new medical research institute with broader application. You can read the full paper here.
Last Friday, 17 February 2017, HCA hosted a forum to inform consumers and the non-government sector about changes and priorities across the primary health, mental health and hospital health sectors, and to identify opportunities for engagement and collaboration. The forum was a success with 47 attendees. A report outlining the outcome and recommendations from the forum will be released in the coming weeks. You can view the speakers' presentation slides below.
Health Consumers is a support group on Facebook for members of the general public who use, or are potential users, of health services, including their family and carers. This group is specific to consumers in healthcare. Members are encouraged to share their experiences with the healthcare system, events and information that may be of interest to other Health Consumers. You can join the group here.
A report from this Forum, held Wednesday, 30 November 2016 is now available below. This report has been distributed to participants via email. Presentation slides from the day are also available below.
The final report has been released from the independent review into Central Adelaide Local Health Network. The review was undertaken by an independent team of health professionals with expertise in clinical practice, clinical governance, safety and quality. The full report is available below.
The SA Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan 2017-2021 was developed by the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, SAHMRI, for SA Health in collaboration with many key stakeholders. The purpose of the Plan is to guide the delivery of evidence-based services for the prevention and management of those at risk of, and with, heart disease and stroke in South Australia. he development of the Plan reflects South Australia's response to the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council project "Better Cardiac Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples". You can read more about the plan here and view the full document below.
A new application has been developed by the CareSearch project team at Flinders University. The App will assist nurses working in residential aged care and general practice to care for older people with palliative care needs, even when they are out of internet range. You can find our more here.