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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

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: Friday 29 June 2018

Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)  is hosting the Youth Health Forum on Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 September 2018. They are seeking young consumers aged 16 – 30 who have an interested in advocacy and leadership in health to participate in the Forum, to be held in Canberra. Participants will have the opportunity to share health issues that matter to them, and ways the health system could be improved. Following the event, CHF would like to keep this group engaged in discussions and advocacy around health issues, to ensure young voices are represented in health decision-making into the future. Accommodation and travel will be funded for successful applicants. Former advocacy and leadership experience is considered, but not a requirement. You can download the expression of interest form below, and find out more on the CHF website  here.

 Youth Health Forum EOI form.

Closes: Friday 29 June 2018

Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking new community members to join their Community Advisory Councils (CAC). Within the Adelaide PHN Membership Model, there is three CACs, comprised of community members who collaborate with them to identify regional primary health care priorities with the aim of creating improved, innovative models of health care. You can find out more here

Closes: Friday 6 July 2018

This year Consumers Health Forum (CHF) is hosting a #Consumers Shaping Health Thought Leadership Roundtable Series in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health (TGI). The recommendations from these strategic forums will be shared with the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, at the biannual forum he has agreed to have with CHF and our members. CHF is currently seeking expressions of interest for five consumers to attend as participants and co-facilitators. This means that as well as participating, you will be required to co-facilitate the discussions, ensure the consumer perspective remains the focus, and possibly report back on discussions in smaller groups. You can find out more below. 

Consumers Shaping Health Thought Leadership Roundtable Series

Closes: Tuesday 3 July 2018

Community Visitor Scheme is recruiting a mental health carer to join their advisory committee. Membership of the committee is for a period of 2 years. Meetings are bi-monthly, beginning in June 2018. Consumers will be reimbursed $103 for up to four hours. Find the expression of interest form and the Terms of Reference for the Committee below. Please complete the expression of interest form and attach with a copy of your resumé and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The selection process will also include an interview.

Community Visitor Scheme TOR

EOI Community Visotors Scheme

CHF is seeking expressions of interest from people to participate in a telephone interview about their experience of safety and quality during their healthcare journey. The aim of the project is to develop a series of consumer case studies from the experiences of patients, carers and/or family members. Sharing your story will help CHF understand consumer experiences in Australian health care, and provide them with information to highlight the importance of actions in the National Safety and Quality in Health Service (NSQHS) Standards in improving healthcare safety and quality. You can find out more and complete and online expression of interest form here.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is seeking expressions of interest from community members interested in the health of mothers, babies and children for membership to their newly formed Community Board. Healthy Mother’s Babies and Children (HMBC) is one of the main research themes SAHMRI, and is based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. The board will work together with researchers from the HMBC to ensure that their research is relevant, practical and meaningful. You can find out more here. You can download the terms of reference and expression of Interest below. 

SAHMRI HMBC Theme Community Board TOR

SAHMRI HMBC Community Board EOI


Latest news

New model of governance and accountability in the public health system

The South Australian Government is introducing a new model of governance and accountability in the public health system. A cornerstone of the new model will be the introduction of governing boards for Local Health Networks. There will be ten governing boards in South Australia, one for each of the four current Local Health Networks (three metropolitan and one state-wide), and six governing boards covering the six new Local Health Networks in Country Health SA. Hon Stephen Wade MLC has asked HCA to provide feedback on the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2018, as changes to legislation are required to implement the board governance structure.

The South Australian public health system will commence its transition to board governance with the appointment of board Chairs by 31 July 2018. You can find more information on the application process here. This is the first step in developing a robust, sustainable board governance model. Governing board member appointments will occur later in 2018, followed by training and induction in anticipation of boards being fully operational from 1 July 2019. You can view the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2018 and the second reading below. If you have any feedback on the amendment bill that you would like HCA to consider for inclusion in our submission, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Health Governance Amendment Bill 2018 UN (003)

Second Reading Health Care Governance Amendment Bill 2018 (003)

A new report is calling for an expansion of specialist targeted services for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) have released a report: Assuring equity of access and quality outcomes for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: What needs to be done. The report summarises the proceedings and outcomes of the 5th National Workshop of the AAG and ATSIAAG, held in Perth on 7 November 2017. The workshop aimed to address the apparent inequities of access and outcomes for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples under the current aged care reform program, and suggest directions for the future. You can download the full report here.

HCA Forum: Summary Framework for the State Public Health Plan 2019 - 2024

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) held a consumer forum, Summary Framework for the State Public Health Plan 2019 - 2024, on Tuesday 29 May 2018. The objectives of the forum were to provide consumers the opportunity to:

1. learn more about the draft Plan and the role of public health
2. share their views about what a healthier South Australia looks like to them
3. help shape the development of the draft State Public Health Plan, which will set the direction for public health and wellbeing in South Australia over the next five years.

The event report can be found below. 

The draft State Public Health Plan 2019 – 2024 is available for download here.

Public Health Forum Report

ROSA Stage 1 Historical Cohort Report

The Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA) is the product of the Health Ageing Research Consortium, which is a cross sectoral partnership of researchers, consumers, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups. HCA is a consortium partner and co-chair of the consumer engagement group. ROSA is a unique data resource that will support evidence-driven decision-making to improve the lives of all South Australians accessing aged care service. ROSA was designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in South Australia. You can view the first ROSA report below. 

ROSA Report 1

Engaging consumers in their health data journey

Consumers Health Forum (CHF) in partnership with NPS MedicineWise have jointly published a comprehensive report on engaging consumers in their health data journey. The report was generated through qualitative interviews, literature reviews, a round table discussion with key stakeholders and consumer representatives, and a nationally representative survey of 1,013 Australians.The overall results indicate that Australians want control over their health data and information. You can find out more here.

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Public Reporting Consumer & Community Forum

Thursday 5 July 2018

9.00am – 12.00pm
Level 1/12 Pirie Street, Adelaide

This forum is seeking input from consumers and carers not engaged with Local Health Networks. The purpose of this forum is to discuss principles of public reporting of health data, what data should be available, and how it should be reported. Morning tea will be provided. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (08) 8226 2567 to find out more.

11th Australian Viral Hepatitis Conference

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 August 2018


The 11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference will be hosted at the Adelaide Convention Centre this year with the theme ‘No one left behind’. The conference is inspired by the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and its focus on inclusion and health for all. The program will showcase and critically examine ways to effectively reach everyone living with viral hepatitis, while being inclusive of their experiences and concerns. There will be presentations on the latest research and an opportunity to network with peers. You can find out more and register here.

National Suicide Prevention Conference 2018

Monday 23 – Thursday 26 July 2018


The 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The focus of the conference will centre around quality - in research, practice and speaking about lived experience. The program has been designed to to focus on quality as the foundation to enhance implementation of suicide prevention at the community level. You can find out more here.

The Mental Health Services Conference

Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 August 2018

Early bird registrations are open for the Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference. The Conference aims to provide a platform for debate that challenges present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and current mental health systems across Australia and New Zealand. There will be presentations from both public and private sectors of the mental health community. The theme of the conference promotes collaborative research, practice, policy-making and education. You can view the conference brochure here and register to attend here.

Australian Psychosis Conference

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 September 2018


The Australian Psychosis Conference will bring together researchers, clinicians, consumers and carers, with an interest in best outcomes for people with psychotic illness. The conference will have parallel streams, covering the latest research, discussions on best practice and treatment, and debate on how to encourage recovery. You can find out more here.

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