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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. 

If you would like to be considered for a consumer advocate role please download and submit HCA's Expression of Interest form below.

HCA's Consumer representative EOI

Advocacy can bring about change or it may maintain the status quo, but it is always directed towards a specific goal or end. 

 

 

Closes: Saturday 15 April 2017

The WCHN Health Literacy Group (HLG) is looking to recruit a consumer representative. The HLG is responsible for developing a framework for the WCHN to ensure consumers are engaged in the development of health information and other activities. The HLG meets quarterly, and is co-chaired by a Consumer Representative, currently there is a mix of 14 consumer, community and staff members. If you can provide up to two hours equivalent per month, attend a three hour business meeting, four times a year and have a passion for health literacy, please email your expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Headspace in Edingburgh North as seeking consumers who are passionate about youth mental health to join their reference group. The group will provide you with the opportunity to have your say in the design and delivery of youth mental health services. The full flyer is available below. For more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 8209 0700

Friends and Carers Reference Group: Flyer

Closes Friday 24 March 2017

HCA is recruiting a consumer to volunteer and assist at the Living well with pain Symposium, you will be required to help with set up and pack up and generally be of assistance to participants during the afternoon, entry to the event is free for all volunteers and will run on Sunday 9 April 2017 between 1pm -5pm at the University of Adelaide (North terrace Campus). The Symposium aims to provide the opportunity for consumers to hear about the latest in pain management from leading Australian experts, all the speakers generously volunteer their time and expertise, and past events have been life changing for some participants. For more information visit the website here. To apply to volunteer complete the EOI below and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone Kathy Mickan on (08) 8231 4169 for further details.

EOI: Living well with pain: Consumer Symposium

HCA have been invited to assist SA Health to recruit two Aboriginal Consumers to the Aboriginal Expert Advisory Group for Transforming Health. We are looking to recruit health consumer advocates with experience working on high level health committees, including a male and female.

The role of the group will be to provide advice to the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group to ensure that:

  • The needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples are addressed under Transforming Health
  • Aboriginal health outcomes are improved and evaluated through Transforming Health programs
  • Information about Transforming Health programs is disseminated and translated in ways that connect with South Australian Aboriginal communities.

The draft terms of reference can be found below. The recruitment process will include completion of the EOI form and an interview. Interested consumers can call Kathy Mickan on 08 8231 4169 for more information or complete the Expression of Interest Form below and email it This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aboriginal Expert Advisory Group Draft Terms of Reference

EOI - Aboriginal Expert Advisory Group

Post-market reviews are carried out under the Australian Government’s post-market monitoring program to ensure safe, cost-effective and quality use of medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Consumers Health Forum of Australia are seeking to nominate to the following to expert reference groups:

• Expert Reference group for the Post-market Review of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Medicines

• Expert Reference group for the Post-market Review of biological Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (bDMARDs) to treat Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis

On 11 December 2015, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) recommended that a Post-market Review of PAH Medicines and of bDMARDs to review the cost effectiveness of these medicines, in context of the latest available evidence and best clinical practice.
The groups will convene face to face quarterly in Canberra. The next meeting is expected to take place in April or May 2017.
You can complete a CHF nomination form here, nomination forms should be accompanied by a copy of your letter of endorsement and your current curriculum vitae. Contact Ghislaine Alventoza for further information on 02 6273 5444 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Women’s & Children’s Health Network are seeking two consumer representatives for the Gateway Review. The Gateway Review is a review into the research activities of the Women’s & Children’s Health Network. Applicants must have experience in research or a clinical trial with the Women’s & Children’s Health Network. Meetings will be held monthly commencing from 13, September 2016. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for further information or visit their website here.

Latest news

March 2017: New RAH Update

The March edition of the RAH Update is now available. It includes a look at ‘Technical Completion’ and what that means. You can view and download the update below.

March 2017: RAH Update

CHF: Local communities crying out for more action on mental health, not more reviews.

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a media statement calling for more responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. You can read the statement here.

CHF Blog post: After the Colloquium: Connecting Consumers.

The purpose of the colloquium, organised by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Mental Health Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance, was to provide the opportunity for consumers, particularly emerging advocates, to join a day of talking and listening about strengthening the role of the consumer in shaping health care. You can read more about the colloquium on their latest blog post here.

Lynch Syndrome Australia Report released

Lynch Syndrome Australia has released Lynch syndrome: Australia’s untold health story, a report that calls for a number of important recommendations to improve diagnosis, risk management and support. It draws on the findings of a world-first study of the lived experience of people with Lynch syndrome and outlines responses from the 251 Australian participants. You can find out more and download the report here.

 

First look inside the new Royal Adelaide Hospital

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has achieved Technical Completion, a significant milestone in the delivery of SA’s world-class new hospital. Over the last five years, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has taken shape over the Adelaide CBD skyline and now is your chance to take a first look inside. The virtual tour shows you through a range of key areas including the Emergency Department, patient bedrooms, the main public entrance on level 3 and car parking facilities. the new RAH will set a benchmark for hospitals of the future and continue the long and proud tradition of providing the best possible care for all South Australians. You can view the video here.


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Events

Preoperative assessment for elective surgery workshop

Tuesday 4 April 2017

The aim of the Preoperative assessment for elective surgery workshop is to develop a consistent, standardised approach to care. The workshop will be held between 2pm – 4pm at the Pavilion on the park. To register or find out more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Living well with pain: Consumer Symposium

Sunday 9 April 2017

1pm – 5pm University of Adelaide

PainAustralia in collaboration with South Australian healthcare consumer organisations is hosting the annual Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. The symposium will bring the issue of pain management to the forefront for health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in South Australia. If you live with pain or have an interest in in this area of medicine, you can find out more and register to attend online here. The full flyer is available below.

Flyer: Living well with pain

Introduction to Consumer Advocate Training: Nuriootpa

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training is coming to Nuriootpa this April. HCA provides training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. The free training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. If you would like to participate in Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training to prepare yourself for a consumer advocate role, or as a refresher for established consumer advocates, you can find out more, including details about registration in the flyer attached below.

Nuriootpa: CAT Flyer

Modbury Hospital Rehabilitation Centre – Open Day

Saturday 8 April 2017
10am – 2pm

Consumers are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.

 

Consumer Advocates Network Meeting

Wednesday 3 May 2016

12.30pm – 2.30pm (light lunch at 12pm)

At each meeting of the Consumer Advocates Network, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We welcome your attendance at the May meeting to learn about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record, including:
• an overview of EPAS and My Health Record
• how EPAS and My Health Record relate to each other and records systems
• security and access issues
• managing Advanced Care Directives and end of life decisions.

You can register to attend here.

email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 08 8231 4169 for more information.

 


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