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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

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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

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.

Over the past week, HCA has continued discussions with Politicians and other key stakeholders emphasising the importance of ensuring consumers remain at the centre of health care in South Australia. 

The defunding of HCA was tabled during last week's question time in the House of Representatives. You can view the transcript in relation to the de-funding of HCA below. 

Many of you have responded to the question we posed in last weeks eNews..."What does HCA mean to you"? We have published some of your answers below: 

''HCA supports consumers across a wide range of health issues and institutions''.
''HCA keeps me up to date with training opportunities, opportunities to participate in community consultations including health-related, YourSAy surveys, and a place to turn to for professional advice about my roles as a health consumer representative''.
''Without HCA I would not have the knowledge, skills, support, and access to opportunities that enable me to volunteer as an effective health consumer representative''.
If you have not yet shared your experience of HCA with us, we would love to hear from you. You can submit your thoughts here

QT 18 September 2018 Health Consumers Alliance

What have we been doing? 
Over the last week HCA has met with both the Minister and Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing. We had the opportunity to ask the Minister about his decision and will publish the meeting notes once they are endorsed by the Minister.
 
We also attended the SACOSS Post Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer and had the opportunity to ask a question in relation to the decision to cease support of HCA from 1 July 2019.
 
You may have seen HCA in the media, a full list of media mentions we have come across is available below. If you have seen something we have not included on our list please email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
HCA remains committed to working with SA Health to ensure that the consumer voice is heard at all levels across the health system.

What have you been doing? 
Last week we encouraged you to approach your local member of parliament, the Minister, Premier and Treasurer with questions.
 
We would like to hear if you have had any responses, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8231 4169.
 
Some other questions you may want to ask could be: -

  • How will SA health services meet Standard 2 Partnering with Consumers national accreditation without HCA consumer governance support?
  • Who will train and support consumer and community representatives in local health services?
  • Who will provide the South Australian consumer voice in national health issues?
  • How will SA Health be accountable to South Australian consumers when they are making plans and decisions about state-wide health policy and services?

Given that the government has announced consumer and community engagement is now to occur through the new local governing boards, have the local LHNs received any additional funding for this purpose?
 
Your help in advocating for your independent peak consumer organisation is important in retaining the independent voice of South Australian Health Consumers.
 
We are compiling evidence about how having an independent consumer peak is important. Tell us how having HCA is important to you? Submit your quote here.

HCA DeFunding Media Mentions

The board was pleased to welcome our new sector representative, Danny Broderick to his first board meeting last night. Danny has worked in a diverse range of positions over four decades in youthwork, disability services community health and primary health services and public health. He has occupied senior and executive leadership positions and has led several organisational change strategies. He has worked in non-government organisations as well as in state and local government. He has led advocacy for progressive health policy and health reform including taking leadership roles in the development of health legislation in this state. He holds qualifications in social work and health economics.

Watch this space for the call next week for nominations for election of directors at our Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2018.

Latest news

HCA Social Media Review

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. 

You can view our Facebook here and Twitter here

Board Communique March 2019

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

New Code, laws and website for the HCSCC

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.

To read the HCSCC’s news release, click here. To read more about the code of conduct, click here.

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!

And remember you can like the HCSCC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. If you would like to receive their newsletter, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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Events

The Bleeding Edge Screening

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

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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2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019
Melbourne

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.


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