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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: Monday 15 April 2019

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge is a grants program for regional and rural towns to develop preventive health programs within their community, which will have measurable benefits (over 12 months) to the community’s health and wellbeing. Successful projects aim to increase access or opportunity for the community to make healthier choices or participate in activities with a prevention focus. Grants of up to $50,000 each will be provided to a minimum of five towns (or groups of towns) within the Country Health SA Local Health Network region each year for four years (until 2021). Find out more here. 

Closes: Monday 18 Februrary 2019

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is seeking expressions of interest for consumer and researcher positions for the SAHMRI Consumer & Community Advisory Group. This is a newly formed Group with a primary focus to provide strategic advice to the SAHMRI Board on the continued translation of their Consumer and Community Framework into day-to-day practice.

You can find the position description and terms of reference below.

SAHMRI CCE Advisory Group Position description

SAHMRI CCE Advisory Group Terms of reference

You can email your completed expression of interest for (available below) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a 2-page curriculum vitae outlining information relevant to the position.

SAHMRI CCE Advisory Group Expression of interest form

Drug and Alcohol Service South Australia (DASSA) is inviting expressions of interest from consumers to join their Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is a strategic committee for clients, carers and community members to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of DASSA. The purpose of the CAC is to continuously improve DASSA’s client care, safety, and quality.The Drug Alcohol Service South Australia (DASSA)is seeking expression of interest from consumers to join their Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is a strategic committee for clients, carers, and community members to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of DASSA. The purpose of the CAC is to continuously improve DASSA’s client care, safety and quality.

this group is seeking additional representation from members of the following communities:
• Young people (aged 18-25)
• People with a disability (your carer or support person will also be reimbursed if you would like to bring one)
The CAC meets bi-monthly on a Wednesday evening, and normal sitting fees apply.

If you would like to submit an expression of interest for a CAC representative role, please contact the Community Partnership Program on 0466 480 811 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Urgent EOI

Consumers Health Forum of Australia has been invited to nominate consumer advocates for possible appointment to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) - Topic Working Group developing a clinical care standard on peripheral venous access.
The Group is convening a topic working group to inform the development of a clinical care standard for the prevention and management of adverse events associated with the insertion and use of peripheral intravenous catheters.

You can find out more below.

Topic Working Group developing a clinical care standard on peripheral venous access

Headspace Onkaparinga is recruiting members to their family and friends references group. They are seeking family and friends of young people with lived experience of mental health. The group will contribute to the design and delivery of their youth mental health services.

You can find out more via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8186 8600

Latest news

Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

The Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation is conducting an inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services. HCA was invited to make a submission in contribution to the inquiry. Studies have shown that health services working effectively and using a person-centred care approach can lead to improved workforce attitudes and job satisfaction, decreased emotional stress, decreased workforce turnover, and absenteeism and improved overall workforce wellbeing.

Read our submission here

HCA Training 2019

In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:

One of the changes of not having a core funding base is that we will now be charging for our training, including consumer training. Fees will be kept as low as possible, and opportunities for subsidised training will be made available to consumers who do not have the capacity to pay.

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Closing in on a genetic map for depression

An international team of researchers led by SAHMRI-based epidemiologist Dr Azmeraw Amare has opened the door to more rapid mapping of the genetic foundations of mental health disorders. The global collaboration, that included SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, found eight never-before-identified gene variants related to increased risk of depressive disorder, and more importantly, strengthened the evidence for genetic links between major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Find out more here. 

Sexual Health Counselling Now Available at Headspace Onkaparinga

Headspace Onkaparinga now offers sexual health counselling, every Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Counselling is available for people aged 12 - 25 years who can recieve free advice and referral on sexual health-related concerns. Clients can choose to visit the centre on their own or with a partner or support person. To make an appointment, call (08) 8186 8600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resources and support links for mentally healthy workplaces

The South Australian Health Commission offers online resources aimed at helping maintain a mentally health workplace. One of the important roles of the Commission is to work with South Australian communities and leaders to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Investing in mentally healthy workplaces is a win-win for employers, workers, the economy and the State. Find out more here.


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Events

Workshop – Draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter)

Wednesday 6 March 2019

11.30am - 2:30 pm
HCA Adelaide

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to attend a workshop to provide input on the draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). A consultation was undertaken in 2018 which sought feedback on how user-friendly and easy to understand the existing Charter is, and how it could be improved. This feedback has informed the draft Second Edition, which will be discussed in detail at the workshop. Feedback will also be sought on the types of resources participants would find helpful when using the Charter. Participants will be provided with introductory information and will be required to complete a short survey prior to the event. Lunch will be provided.

Find out more and register here. 

Closing The Gap Day

Wednesday 27 March 

11.00am - 3.00pm
Adelaide Showgrounds

Sonder, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network, is hosting the Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground. Admission is free for all ages. It aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. The event will also feature plenty of free activities for children, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.

Find out more here.

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019

Melbourne

The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April.

Find out more and register here. 

Health & Community Services Complaints Commissioner Website Focus Group

Wednesday 30 January 2019

10am – 12pm
HCA Adelaide

HCA is hosting a focus group for the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). The focus group aims to gain consumer feedback on their current website to ensure it is user-friendly.

You can find out more and register here. 

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Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer Workshop

Thursday 21 February 2019

1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thebarton

As part of the Community Mental Health Re-design Project, a Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer workshop is being held for consumers and carers who are or have received care from CALHN mental health services.
The aim of the workshop is to identify:

Who are our consumers, carers and community?
What are our guiding principles?
Service description – what works well and what we could do better?
Future service – how would it work?

Find out more and Register here

 


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