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: Sunday 20 August
Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is recruiting a consumer to the My Health Record in Emergency Departments Oversight Committee. The Australian Digital Health Agency has appointed the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) to develop a model to establish routine use of the My Health Record system by clinicians in emergency departments. The ACSQHC is consequently establishing and seeking consumer representation for the My Health Record in Emergency Departments Oversight. The My Health Record in Emergency Departments Oversight Committee will provide project oversight, advice and guidance to the Commission. You can find out more below.
Closes 10 August 2017
The Legal and Legislative Policy Unit in SA Health is leading the development of a new overarching Access and Diversity Policy Directive for SA Health. This policy directive will bring together all access and diversity requirements consistent with the South Australian Government Universal Access and Inclusion Guidelines, The Charter of Health and Community Services Rights Policy Directive and other relevant Acts.
They are seeking two consumer representatives to participate in the development of this important policy directive.
Key groups amongst the ‘perceived vulnerable’ or specific communities include - disability, cultural and linguistically diverse, gender (including lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender), Aboriginal, generational/mature age, multi-faith and emerging diversity issues, including domestic and family violence.
It is anticipated this group will need to have approximately 4-5 meetings over the next 6 months including consultation with stakeholders.
Closes: Sunday 27 August 2017
Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is recruiting a consumer to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - Report Advisory Committee. The AIHW is a national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. The AIHW is establishing a report advisory committee to inform the preparation of two releases on the MyHospitals website. You can find out more below.
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.
Closes: Monday 4 September 2017
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) are seeking consumer representation for the Expert Working Group which will oversee the review of the Antenatal Care Guidelines. The representative should have experience as a consumer in the Australian maternity system. The consumer representative will advise the Expert Working Group on antenatal care issues from a consumer perspective and will contribute advice from a consumer perspective to the review. You can find out more about the position and how to apply below.
HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:
Has the biggest overhaul in the history of South Australia's health system worked? In the first of a two-part series on Transforming Health, InDaily explores what SA Health has to show for it. The opening of the new RAH and the closure of Repatriation General Hospital will conclude the service moves and Transforming Health will officially end. The ongoing review and improvement of models of care will continue to ensure that services remain contemporary. See the full article here.
HCA is pleased to release our new brochure, designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. You can view and order the HCA brochure here.
The SA health strategic action plan with carers 2016-2020 has been released. The action plan is designed to examine key issues and identify priorities relevant to partnering with carers and the community. You can view the document here.
Monday 10pm on 101.5 Radio Adelaide
The mental health show is all about demystifying mental health. During the show issues are discussed, concerns are raised and solutions are offered. Each week an expert from the field is invited to the show, to discuss the latest research details about their area of expertise. Inspirational stories will be shared with the aim that struggling listeners may feel hopeful. You can find out more and listen to past episodes here.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
1pm – 4pm
Consultation is open for the draft updated National Palliative Care Strategy. Face to face feedback is invited during a workshop to be held at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can view the draft strategy here. Online feedback is also invited through an online survey, you can take the survey here. Find out more and register here.
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 2017
This year’s Balance Awareness Week campaign aims to open the discussion and raise awareness of the issues and challenges people experience with balance and other related disorders, and how they have overcome them. The campaign called ‘Do your best flamingo… share your story’, invites those with lived experience to share their stories about how they rebalanced their lives after being diagnosed with one of these disorders. You can find out more and share your story online here.
Friday 8 September 2017
The Frailty & Healthy Ageing Research Showcase will present the latest research taking place in frailty and healthy ageing. Participants will have a chance to find out about the latest technological advances, and will be given critical insights across a full range of research. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. You can find out more and register here.
Friday 22 September 2017: Melbourne
The Alfred Health General Medicine Unit and The Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety invites registrations to their forum: Healthcare in a person-centred era: communicating to improve outcomes. Join a group of transformational speakers, facilitators and local consumers, to discuss the impact, evidence, strategies and practicalities of providing person-centred care. You can find out more and register here.
Want to find out more about the new RAH? Join a community information session in your local area and learn about the new state-of-the-art hospital and how the move is going to work. Midday and evening sessions will be held at each location. Find out more and register here.