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in South Australia

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has developed a 30 minute educational video for volunteers (and managers of volunteers) in the health/community/aged care sectors, due to their role and importance in providing care and information to the Australian community. This video provides an introduction to advance care planning, and the information our ACPA volunteers use to support people in their community with advance care planning.

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If you have asthma, or if you are caring for someone with asthma, be on alert that bushfires may trigger asthma symptoms to flare up. Symptoms may occur long after the actual bushfire has subsided, so prepare yourself by reading Asthma Australia's factsheet on asthma and bushfires. Find out more here

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The latest newsletter from the Health and Community Complaints commissioner is available for download below. 

HCSCC Jan 2019 Newsletter

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HCA calls upon health consumers in South Australia, as well as health consumer organisations, to help us have a stronger voice to inform our advocacy. We encourage you to become members of HCA. Your membership will help strengthen the influence of consumers in South Australia and nationally. It will also ensure that our unique and diverse perspectives continue to shape health policy, planning, research, service delivery and evaluation.

Individual members can sign up here.
Organisational members can sign up here.

The membership fee is small but your support via membership is priceless.

At Monday’s AGM we hosted four guest speakers, who presented on the importance of partnering with consumers for best practice health care.
Steve Wesselingh from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), spoke from the researcher’s perspective on consumer involvement in research.
Allison Willis from HCA spoke from the HCA perspective about our current partnership with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).
Grant Phelps from Central Adelaide Local Health Network spoke from the perspective of the Local Health Network, and the current partnership with HCA.
Lily Griffin from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) spoke about the WCHN experience of partnering with consumers and how WCHN has implemented their Consumer and Community Engagement Plan and the ongoing partnership with HCA.

Julia Overton indicated the presentations reflected best practice partnerships and the benefits of consumer involvement. We thank all our guest speakers and everyone who attended.

Partnering with consumers

Health Translation SA has announced the successful recipients of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Health Impact Grants. Congratulations to the those that were successful.
You can view the summary of grant recipients and their projects below. 
Health Translation SA is currently considering the process to allocate a further $4 million in MRFF funding over the next two years commencing 1 July 2019. More information will be available in December 2018. You can visit their website here.

MRFF RART Health Impact Grants

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report on nutrition across the life stages. The purpose of this report is to investigate the adequacy of the Australian diet across various life stages, to help inform the evidence-base in relation to nutrition-related health determinants for chronic conditions. It brings together the latest available data from a variety of sources, including some previously published results, and also includes new analysis such as reporting by socioeconomic status and remoteness. It demonstrated that Australians of all ages generally:

  • do not eat enough of the five food groups - vegetables, fruit, grains, meat and alternatives, and dairy products and alternatives
  • eat too much food that is high in energy and low in nutrients (‘discretionary food’)
  • eat too much sugar, saturated fat, and sodium (salt).

You can find out more here.

NPS MedicineWise and Dementia Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. The main resource is an information booklet, designed to help you:

  • plan a conversation about dementia with the people you choose, for example, your family and friends and health professionals involved in your care (eg, GPs, pharmacists, specialists, nurses)
  • find out about advanced care planning
  • find out what support is available to manage your symptoms
  • find information on what treatment options may be best for you
  • record details about symptoms, medicines, values and wishes when it comes to your care
  • find out about support services available to help you and those closest to you.

You can find out more 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.

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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.


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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. 

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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

 


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