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Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

HCA's consumer advocates program has been developed as a way of encouraging and organising the participation of consumers, and the representation of their interests, in health care decision making. The program is a process for selecting and supporting consumer advocates or representatives, who then act in a formal capacity to provide perspectives to decision makers and policy developers in the health sector. 

Advocates are consumers who are individual members of HCA, or members of a HCA member organisation. Overall, the program is a vital part of helping HCA to promote the voices of health consumers to policy and decision-makers. It is a key strategy for achieving our vision: Consumers at the heart of health care.

HCA Representation: The three common roles for members and staff participation in health decision making are:

HCA Consumer Advocate: The role of representing and advocating for consumer interests based on a person’s lived experience and consumer networks. This role does not act on behalf of HCA as an organisation.

HCA Nominee: HCA makes a formal endorsement of a consumer representative to sit on an external committee or for Ministerial Appointment on a Government Committee. This role does not act on behalf of the HCA organisation.

HCA Organisastional Representative: The role of representing consumer interests on behalf of the HCA organisation. This person is usually a staff or Board Member and is authorised through the Executive Director.

The purpose of this policy is to define the various consumer advocacy and representation roles undertaken by HCA members and staff. It establishes expectations for members and stakeholders on the values and principles that shape our practice, and our desire for effective consumer engagement.
The policy is accompanied by procedures on the recruitment, selection, support and evaluation of consumer advocates and representatives. These provide guidance for how HCA considers requests for consumer representatives from external committees and defines expectations on working relationships between HCA, selected consumer advocates and external agency representatives.

Requesting a Consumer Representative

To request a consumer representative complete the Service Provider Request Form . A member from Health Consumers Alliance will then be in contact with you to discuss the terms and conditions.

F HCA's Service Provider Request for Consumer Advocate

How to become a HCA Consumer advocate

HCA advertises many consumer engagement opportunities each week through our eNews and our website.  These roles can vary quite a lot and therefore each consumer role that is advertised will have an Expression of Interest (EOI) form that addresses the requirements of that role. These requirements generally relate to skills, experience or networks that you may be part of that could be beneficial to the role. Please click on the EOI link in the article, complete the EOI and return it to the contact person as per the bottom of the form.  Sometimes it will come to HCA, and other times you can apply directly to the health service that is recruiting. For some positions, you will be asked to include a copy of your resumè / CV. Your resumè can include a brief summary of your paid employment experience, but should focus on your consumer advocacy roles, detailing training you have attended, committees you have participated in, forums you have attended, activities you have undertaken and networks you participate in. If you have any difficulties with the application process, please call HCA on 8231 4169 and ask to speak to the Manager, Consumer Engagement.

 

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.


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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. 

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

 


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