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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. 



Flinders University is seeking a consumer representative to join The Older Women and Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Action Plan Implementation Committee (APIC). The committee will support and oversee the implementation of the Action Plan. Your role will be to provide a consumer perspective on possible changes to improve current systems and services for older women affected by domestic and family violence. In particular, they are seeking an older women who has lived experience of domestic and family violence (as an older woman) and help seeking in South Australia. You can view the terms of reference and the action plan below. You can submit and expression of interest and find out more by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TOR: Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant Scheme

Domestic Violence Action Plan

Sonder is establishing an Aboriginal Health Reference Group to provide an opportunity for people who access their Closing the Gap program to talk about their service needs. The findings of the reference group will assist Sonder with the planning and delivery of quality services into the future. They are looking for community members who access Aboriginal Health Services, or a professional who works in Aboriginal health, or people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Meetings will be held quarterly, and consumers will be reimbursed for their time. You can find out more here.

Closes: Friday 9 November 2018

The Fay Fuller Foundation has announced the opening of their second public grant round focusing on discovery. The Discovery Fund is a grant program designed to support organisations seeking to find answers, that will provide the information and evidence needed to address significant health issues. These grants aim to assist in obtaining the evidence and practice needed to create lasting health solutions and interventions. The foundation is particularly interested in ideas that are informed by the experience of everyday community members. There will be an information session on the 25 October 2018, you can find out more here.

Closes: Friday 2 November 2018

The South Australian Government continues to progress implementation of its reforms to the governance of the South Australian public health system. Chairs have been appointed to the ten Local Health Network (LHN) Governing Boards, you can view these here.

A second recruitment process has commenced to identify suitable candidates for Governing Board membership. Between five and seven more candidates will be appointed for each Governing Board. Governing Board members will start working with their respective LHNs as they are appointed and will act in an advisory capacity during the transition period until the Governing Boards become fully operational from 1 July 2019. Governing Board members will be positions of significant strategic leadership and responsibility in the health system. You can find out more below.

EOI sought for Governing Board Members

The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (Awards) recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution that nurses and midwives make to their profession and the wider community through their practice. This year for the first time there is a category for the consumer appreciation award. If you have experienced exceptional care from a nurse of midwife during 2018 we encourage you to nominate. Nurses from the public, private, primary health and aged care sectors are all eligible for nomination. You can find out more and complete a nomination here.

HCA is recruiting for the judging panel

We are seeking two consumers to sit on the judging panel for the consumer appreciation award. This is a volunteer role. You can register your interest via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kathy Mickan to discuss the role further on 8231 4169. Judging will take place in early December. More information about the awards is available here.

Closes: Friday 26 October 2018

SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Office is recruiting two consumers to join the recently established statewide Comprehensive Care Working Group. The role of the group is to ensure a consistent and collaborative approach in the implementation of the NSQHS Standard 5 – Comprehensive Care. The group includes representatives from across the public sector and Local Health Networks (LHN). Your role will be to provide the consumer perspective to help ensure person-centred care is embedded in the decision-making process. Meetings are held monthly at SA Health. For more information Phone 8226 5882 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The terms of reference are available below.

You can submit your expression of interest here.

Expert Working Group Comprehensive Care TOR

Latest news

Farewell Ellen Kerrins

Last week HCA farewelled our Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Ellen Kerrins. Ellen has worked for HCA since 2015, during which time she played a central role in a number of significant areas of work for South Australian consumers. We thank Ellen for her contribution and work to ensure that consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. Ellen's vibrant personality will be missed around our office, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Nominations to the HCA Board

Closes: Monday 22 October 5.00pm

We are calling for nominations for the HCA Board of Directors. Nominations are sought in accordance with the HCA Constitution, a copy of which is available  here. 
Five director vacancies exist: three ordinary directors, and the positions of chair, and deputy chair. You may select to nominate for more than one position. Directors are appointed for two years. Meetings are held bi-monthly, currently scheduled on Mondays 4-6pm at HCA.

You can complete your nomination online here.

You can download a nomination form here.

Please note: Information provided by candidates will be used in the Board election papers sent to members prior to the AGM.

If you would like more information about the election process and the expectations of Board directors, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can view the HCA Board Code of Conduct policy here.

Note: You must be a financial member to nominate and be nominated, information about membership here

Sorry is a good first step

HCA in collaboration with the Nation's state’/territory peak health consumer organisations have released a joint media statement in response to the Government’s response to the Senate inquiry into trans vaginal mesh and Minister Greg Hunts apology to women affected by trans vaginal mesh implants. You can view the release below.

 Mesh media release October 2018

Drop the Jargon Day

Drop the Jargon day will be held next Tuesday 23 October. It is a day to encourage professionals in Australian health, community services and local government to use plain language. When we use jargon, technical terms or acronyms, it is hard for people with low health literacy to understand and use information. Professionals can pledge and take part in activities at their workplace, to make it easier for people with low health literacy to get better information and outcomes from the services they use. You can find out more here.

EveryAGE Counts : Anti-ageism campaign

The EveryAGE Counts campaign and strategy is guided by a large body of existing evidence about the extent and impacts of ageism, as well as research commissioned into the attitudinal and behavioural drivers behind ageism, and effective ways to address these. Ageism is not benign or harmless. It is a big problem because it impacts on confidence, quality of life, job prospects, health, and control over life decisions. As a community, we can positively change thinking about ageing,
re-imagine getting older and set the foundations for current and future generations to age well. You can find out more about how you can make a difference here.

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Conflicts of Interest workshop

Thursday 6 December 2018
9.00am – 1.00pm
Level 1/12 Pirie Street Adelaide

HCA is hosting a free workshop for health consumer or carer representatives, or advocates with an interest in learning about conflicts of interest in health care.
The workshop will be run by two internationally respected academics with expertise in this area, Professor Lisa Bero from the University of Sydney, and Dr Ray Moynihan, from Bond University.
The following will be covered (using plain English):

- Introduction to the scientific evidence about how sponsorship from drug companies and other industry groups affects medical education and research
- Introduction to accessible databases that can be searched to find out more about drug company payments to doctors and patient groups

This will be followed by a facilitated discussion about conflicts of interest.

Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will be evaluated and information relating to this will be sent via email to participants in the week prior to the workshop.
Contact HCA on 82314169 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to discuss support for transport.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) Close Thursday 22 November 2018.

You can register your EOI here.

Health Strategy 2019-2023 Workshop

Tuesday 6 November 2018
2.00 – 5.00pm

SA Health is seeking 20 consumers to attend their Health Strategy 2019 – 2023 workshop. The Health Strategy will specifically focus on South Australia’s health priorities for the next five years, but also look to adopt a longer term perspective to 2030.
The objective of this workshop is to seek your views on:

• How can future advances in health care delivery be utilised to help to address health system challenges?
• New directions in the culture of care - what alternative care / treatment options are available based on the needs of the patient?
The workshop will close at 5:00pm followed by an opportunity for networking along with light refreshments. Registrations are essential.

You can view the workshop flyer for more information below. 

You can register to attend here.

Strategy Workshop Flyer

Our Lives - Stories of Resilience

Wednesday 21 November 2018
6.00pm – 7.00pm

This event hosted by SAMESH will follow via film clip the lives of three local people living with HIV, as they navigate the changes to HIV treatment, prevention, and the law. The clips will be followed by a panel discussion with those featured, to discuss what it means to be a person living with HIV in 2018, and why it is more important than ever that HIV positive people are central to the HIV response. You can find out more and register here.

Building the Aboriginal Disability Service Sector Workshop

Friday 16 November
8.30am – 5.00pm

The First People's Disability Network Australia is hosting a workshop on building the Aboriginal Disability Services sector. The session will cover a wide range of topics focused on challenges and opportunities in building this service sector, and promoting job opportunities amongst the sector. This workshop is targeted to Aboriginal disability service providers, and Aboriginal people interested in employment opportunities and being a provider in the disability service sector. You can find out more and register here.

LASA National Congress

Sunday 28 – Tuesday 30 October 2018

Leading Age Services Australia’s (LASA) National Congress 2018 will lead the conversation on ageing transformed and the dawn of a new era in aged care. The congress is the largest aged services industry event in the Asia Pacific. There will be a series of interactive discussions which aim to shine that ‘first light’ on the ageing transformed terrain of new era thinking, and practices and models of aged services for the next generation and beyond. You can find out more and register here.

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