In the South Australian health system, it is now more widely accepted that consumers should have a central role as the users and beneficiaries of health care and, ultimately are the ones who pay for it. While once the consumer voice was heard only at the margins of the health system, now HCA helps facilitate the appointment of consumer representatives on more than 20 health-related committees.
Advocacy can bring about change or it may maintain the status quo, but it is always directed towards a specific goal or end.
Closes: Wednesday 5 July 2017
HCA is seeking to recruit consumer(s) on behalf of SA Health, to attend the Leading Health Transformation Program.
The Leading Health Transformation Program is a nine-month leadership program for SA Health staff. The program is already underway, with 3 groups participating in the program. Four more groups will start the program in September and consumers are being recruited to participate in each group.
As this is a valuable training program that will benefit all participants, consumers will not be reimbursed for their time. The time commitment is approximately 2-3 days per month.
As a senior leadership development program, participants will be senior or emerging consumer leaders from across the health sector, who are seeking to enhance their leadership capability or who are identified as future talent. They will:
> have high potential;
> be willing to champion reform;
> be held in high regard, have the ability to influence and will bring energy and enthusiasm of their learning back into their current roles; and
> be willing and able to undertake the entire program of workshops, coaching sessions and action learning sets.
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network is looking for consumers, family members, volunteers or community members to provide them with online feedback on consumer information. The feedback will take one to two hours a month and you will require access to a computer. If you have a passion for health literacy, you can find out more by scrolling down on the Consumer Opportunities page here.
Closing: Friday 30 June 2017
The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) are recruiting a consumer to participate in the Cancer Council SA’s Beat Cancer Project Research Strategy Group. The group will meet at SAHMRI four times annually for a period of five years.
The successful candidate will have an Interest in cancer research, demonstrate support for health and medical research and be comfortable in an academic environment.
Please direct any questions to Kathy Mickan, Manager Consumer Engagement on 8231 4169.
Mental Health First Aid Australia and the University of Melbourne are conducting research to update the mental health first aid guidelines for depression. They are recruiting people with a lived experience of depression, carers/those who provide significant support to someone with depression and mental health professionals. You can find out more here.
The 'Mental Health Podcasts' series is a joint initiative between SA Health and UniSA It is designed to share fresh thinking in contemporary mental health practice. It will involve hearing the voices of people with lived experience (consumers and carers), practitioners and policy makers.
The University of SA is looking for consumers and carers who are interested in telling the story of what they say, do, think and feel when they experience what they believe to be best practice in mental health care. The podcast will be heard by clinicians interested in learning more about practice, as well as the next generation of mental health nursing students and interested consumers and carers.
Researchers at the Institute for Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University have released their report ‘Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care’. The report summarises the results found in a study to explore the impact of Consumer Directed Care on six aged care facilities in Melbourne. The report highlights what more needs to be done to support these changes to aged care services in Australia. You can download and view the report here.
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have released the report ‘Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia’’ and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. You can find out more and view the report here.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) releases quarterly performance reports for each state and territory. These reports provide information for the public on the activities and performance of AHPRA and the National Boards in each state and territory. It covers their main areas of activity – managing registration, managing notifications and offences against the National Law, and monitoring health practitioners and students with restrictions on their registration. You can view the reports for each state and territory and find out more here.
HCA member and consumer advocate Judy Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, by being admitted as Member of the Order of Australia. Judy has over 50 years experience in health, commencing her career as a nurse and more recently working as a consumer advocate. Judy is an active consumer advocate and HCA member and currently works part time as a Consumer Liaison Officer at the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS). We congratulate Judy on this recognition of many years of work in community health. You can read more about Judy below.
The first issue of the Country Health SA Mental Health Services Newsletter has been released. Its aim is to share information with consumers and carers that have accessed or are familiar with Country Health SA Mental Health Services. It will also provide information to people in the community who have an interest in rural mental health matters. You can view and download the newsletter below.
Saturday 29 June 2017
Each year on a cold winter’s night in June, a group of like-minded CEOs, senior managers and leaders from all sectors come together to raise funds and awareness on the reality of homelessness in Australia. This year in South Australia, the sleep out will be held on the grounds of Government House and joined by the host for the evening’s proceedings, Kate Ceberano. You don't need to be a CEO to get involved. You can find out more, register and donate here.
Saturday 14 October 2017
The kids and youth disability expo, hosted by KYD-X, is focused on the services and products available for people under 25 with a disability. It aims to inform individuals, families and carers about equipment, therapies and treatments available to them, helping them to maximise the use of their NDIS funding. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 – September 2017
The Annual Australasian college of Health Service Management (ACHSM) in partnership with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) will host the 2017 Health Leadership conference. The conference will bring together renowned thought-leaders from within and outside the healthcare system, with the central theme of, the winds of Change-adjust your sails’. You can find out more and register here.
Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017
The 2017 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The conference theme, ‘Connecting Asthma Care’, highlights the importance of collaborative care models as critical in ensuring a patient’s interaction with the health system is linked between different levels of care, enabling appropriate case management and systematic follow up. You can find out more and register to attend here.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia has released its Carer Support Program schedule for the second half of 2017. The program offers different peer educated programs for people who are experiencing mental illness, and for their family and friends. All facilitators have lived experience, either as a carer, or as a person living with a mental illness. You can view the flyer below which outlines more information about the programs and dates. You can book a place online through the MIFSA website here or by phoning 8378 4100.