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: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Consumers and health professionals involved in, or interested in mental health services are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for the 2018 Mental Health Conference (MHC). The MHC will be hosted by the Mental Health Services Learning Network and will be held in Adelaide between 28 – 31 August 2018. The conference will showcase evidence of how the network reform, reflect and review the supports and services currently provided. You can find out more here.
Closes: Wednesday 14 March 2018
The Child Adolescent Mental Health Services Division at the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) would like to continue to tailor its services to the highest quality of standard for all women, children, young people and families requiring mental health support. To ensure that they partner with their consumers, carers, and families during mental health episodes, and when planning or designing services, they are seeking consumers and carers (over the age of 16) to nominate to join the divisional advisory body known as ELECT. You can find out more here.
Closes: Wednesday 28 February 201
Abstract submissions for Choosing Wisely Australia’s National meeting are now open. The meeting will be held in Canberra on Wednesday 30 May 2018. Submissions will be accepted as presentations, vignettes, pitch presentations or posters based on the following streams:
You can find out more by visiting the Choosing Wisely website here.
Communicable Disease Control, SA Health are looking to recruit a group of 2-4 consumers to contribute to the development of resources for Invasive Meningococcal Disease awareness. The focus group will meet twice, with the first meeting in January to discuss the type of materials which would be linguistically and culturally appropriate for use in raising awareness about meningococcal disease, particularly amongst those with low literacy skills. The second meeting will be held a fortnight later to review and provide feedback on the draft documents. No specific skills are necessary however experience of participation in focus group discussions, and production of health awareness materials would be beneficial. Those who represent culturally diverse groups, particularly indigenous Australians or those whose first language is not English are encouraged to become involved. For more information, please contact Dr Chris Lewis 0457 517 057. To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form here.
Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below.
Beginning soon as a national trial in Australia, the Collaborative Pairs Australia program is bringing together health providers and consumers to develop their teamwork skills, to lead change and improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will deliver leadership training to participants who enrol as consumer-clinician pairs in four regions, and support them to implement localised health service improvement and innovation projects. HCA Board Chair Deb Kay is one of the program facilitators. Deb is optimistic about the potential of this project to build the capacity and expertise of consumers and health professionals to work in genuine partnership. You can find more information on the program and Deb’s participation here.
At the HCA Board meeting on 5 February 2018, members discussed a range of topics, including changes to Board membership, progress in recruiting a new HCA Chief Executive, and the HCA 2018 Election Platform. You can read the Board Update here.
Last Tuesday we hosted our first Consumer Advocates Network (CAN) meeting for 2018. At each meeting of the CAN, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the February meeting was the SA Translation Centre, with guest speaker Jenni Carr. All members of the CAN network have completed our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training course. You can find out more about the training and scheduled training dates for 2018 here.
The SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee was established in June 2017 to provide oversight and guidance to SA Health in implementing the six recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report. Following each meeting, a communique summarising the activities of the committee is published. The February 2018 communique has been published and is available to view here. You can view all available communiques here.
Thursday 1 March 2018
9.30am – 1.30pm
The Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is hosting an Inspiration for Innovation Symposium at the Thebarton Community Centre, with the aim to encourage community members to join their Health Priority Network. The Network provides a platform to share ideas and work together to improve a person’s primary health care journey. The symposium will explore opportunities for improving:
• health promotion and health literacy
• mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and physical
• equity and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
You can find out more and register to attend here.
Wednesday 4 April 2018
5.30pm – 7.00pm
The Australian Institute of Project Management is hosting an event on health project management, the first event in a series. Registered participants will explore the challenges in project management in health. Guest Speaker Professor Judith Dwyer, Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at the Flinders University School of Medicine, will present ideas formed in the course of her working life in healthcare management. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their perspectives and stories following the presentation. You can view the event flyer to find out more below.
Tuesday 6 March 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 26 February 2018
5pm – 6.30pm
North Adelaide Community Centre
The National Disability Insurance Agency is running an information session to help people with disability, their families, and carers to:
gain information about accessing the NDIS
understand what may be included in an NDIS plan
prepare for their first planning conversation.
This session is for people who seek access to the NDIS or who already have gained eligibility for the NDIS. You can find out more and register here.
Thursday 22 March 2018
The Northern Health Network invites you to join them for a celebration of Indigenous culture at Closing the Gap Day, to be held at the Adelaide Showground. The day is a free all-ages event which aims to bring together people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. You can find out more and register here.