The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has published the top tips for safe health care. It is designed to help consumers, their families, carers and other support people get the most out of their health care. The information in the booklet can be used when you talk to your doctor and other healthcare providers, including nurses, pharmacists, specialists, allied health and mental health workers. The publication is available below.
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.
HCA are reviewing the way we use social media and how to make sure you get the most out of the information we share and so we can gather your feedback and opinions. We want to know what you want to see on our social media and what engages you the most. Social media is a great way to inform and engage with the community and we think we could be using it better! We would really appreciate your feedback.
Please complete our one minute survey here to help us improve our social media engagement.
The March HCASA Board meeting recently confirmed our capacity to continue our work well into 2020. HCASA is here to stay. We had expected to call a Special General Meeting at about this time to ask our members to consider the organisation’s future. After careful consideration of our financial position, our capacity and the importance of our work we are instead scheduling the launch of our new business prospectus. This is planned for Monday 17 June, Save the date.
You will have read in eNews that we have moved our offices upstairs from level 1 to 3 at 12 Pirie Street. Our team continues to do an amazing job building a viable and sustainable business future. You’ll hear more about this on/after 17 June. We would not have been able to consider such an optimistic future without the pragmatic and moral support of our members, partners and supporters. Thank you.
We encourage organisations and individuals who believe in our vision of ‘consumers at the centre of health’ to make sure they have current membership of HCASA. As you know, we are a state-wide, member-based incorporated association with no political affiliations. We provide the information, training and services people, services and policy makers need to ensure consumers have a powerful influence on the health services that they pay for, use and expect to support the health and wellbeing of all South Australians. This work must and will continue.
Debra Kay PSM
Board Chair HCASA
On behalf of the HCASA Board and Staff Team
There have been some changes at the Health and Community Service Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). On 18 March 2019, South Australia implemented the Code of Conduct for Certain Health Care Workers which replaced the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners. This change aligns South Australia with the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers approved by the COAG Health Council. Unregistered health care workers who do not fall within the jurisdiction of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will have to comply with the code and display certain information where they practise.
The code establishes:
• A range of minimum standards for unregistered health care workers.
• Additional powers to the HCSCC if an unregistered health care worker is found to have breached the Code.
Law changes also came into effect that allow the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner to:
• Adopt prohibition orders imposed on individuals from across Australia.
• Investigate individual volunteers providing a health service.
• Restrict people who are subject to a prohibition order from advertising and promoting themselves as a health service.
• Issue a public statement to identify a person or warn the public when interim action has been taken.
You’ll also notice that the HCSCC has a new website, which the Health Consumer’s Alliance was consulted on. The new website is easier to navigate, provides clearer information and is consumer tested. Go check it out!
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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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The Bleeding Edge Screening
When: Wednesday 1 May 2019 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
HCA are proud to host a screening of the award winning documentary, The Bleeding Edge.
The film looks at the $400 billion medical device industry and the profit-driven mind-set that rushes implanted devices into the marketplace without proper clinical trials. The screening will be followed by a panel and question and answer session. Afternoon tea will also be provided.
You can register for the event 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 30 May 2019
The annual 2019 Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policymakers, 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. You can find out more about the meeting and the Choosing Wisely initiative here.