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.
Northern Adelaide local Health Network invite consumers with an interest in older people and mental health to participate focus groups in January to assist in developing the cultural respect framework for older people, under the auspice of the Oakden recommendation. The objective will be for consumers to provide their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, attitudes and ultimately endorsement of the work arising out of the Oakden Culture Expert Panel Working Group and Gallery Walks.
Professor Nicholas Procter, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UniSA
Tuesday January 23, 2018
9.30 – 11.30am or 1.30 – 3.30pm
Up to 90 minutes will be available for each focus group.
An additional 30 minutes will be available as ‘step-down’ time (if required).
Veale Gardens, cnr South Terrace & Peacock Road,
Adelaide SA 5000
Communicable Disease Control, SA Health are looking to recruit a group of 2-4 consumers to contribute to the development of resources for Invasive Meningococcal Disease awareness. The focus group will meet twice, with the first meeting in January to discuss the type of materials which would be linguistically and culturally appropriate for use in raising awareness about meningococcal disease, particularly amongst those with low literacy skills. The second meeting will be held a fortnight later to review and provide feedback on the draft documents. No specific skills are necessary however experience of participation in focus group discussions, and production of health awareness materials would be beneficial. Those who represent culturally diverse groups, particularly indigenous Australians or those whose first language is not English are encouraged to become involved. For more information, please contact Dr Chris Lewis 0457 517 057. To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form here.
Monday 18 December 2017
Closes: Friday 22 December 2017
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought for nomination to the South Australian Public Health Council (SAPHC). The SAPHC is a statutory body established under section 26 of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. It has a variety of functions related to the protection and promotion of public health; the development of public health plans; the promotion of public health research; and strategies to ensure a sufficiently trained and skilled workforce are in place. Membership is for a term of three years. Eligible members are entitled to fees, allowance, and expenses. You can find out more and download the terms of reference here.
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) is seeking a consumer or carer representative with recent experience of services at WCHN, to support the ongoing work towards a person and family centred culture. Meetings are held bi-monthly on Tuesday mornings and you will be reimbursed for your time. You can find out more by visiting the WCHN website here.
The Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (THCCEC) Activities Report is now available. HCA would like to thank all the consumers and community members who volunteered their time and provided their wisdom to the Committee, which had its final meeting in September 2017. The report summarises the activities of the committee and the experiences of the consumer and community members as well as those of SA Health representatives who attended the meetings. Recommendations regarding future engagement in health strategy and policy are also included. You can view the report below.
HCA hosted a forum on Power Dependency on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The forum had two key objectives, to review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and associated messaging to inform the development of a Communications Plan, and support processes for potentially vulnerable people and their carers/families; and to identify what consumers should do to prepare for and manage an outage. The report summarising the key findings arising from the forum is available below.
HCA hosted a forum on consumer experience of SA Health funded services on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The forum objective was for participants to establish an approach across SA Health that ensures community-based services funded through SA Health have a consumer-centred care focus. The report outlining the main themes to emerge from the forum is now available for download below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) have released a media statement in response to a new report showing that public patients wait twice as long for elective surgery as private patients do in public hospitals. You can read the full statement here.
HCA is pleased to publish this Directory of advocacy / complaints services. It provides a summary of advocacy / complaints services that can assist individuals and families who wish to provide feedback or make a complaint about health, aged care or disability services. The role of each service and the degree of individual advocacy it provides is summarised, and contact details are listed. You can access the directory here.
Friday 16 February 2018
Netfest is South Australia's largest professional development and networking event for non-government youth sector workers. The day-long event brings together over a hundred dedicated youth sector workers, stakeholders and supporters from across the state to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice. Netfest includes both formal and informal networking, a keynote presentation, professional development session and an open forum. You can find out more and register here.
Are you thinking about becoming a consumer advocate or would you like to refresh your knowledge?
Our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session will give you information on the role, challenges and benefits of being a consumer advocate.
The sessions are interactive and based on adult-learning principles. Participants receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.
For more information see attached flyer
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