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The SA Health Mental Health Services Plan will chart the future direction for State Government-operated and commissioned mental health and wellbeing services that deliver prevention, early intervention, acute care and rehabilitation, and will apply to all age and population groups.
You’re invited to a forum to share your thoughts and ideas on the State’s new Mental Health Services Plan, and hear from the writers of the plan on community feedback received so far on the following six themes:

• Access to Services
• Rehabilitation and Recovery
• Service Excellence
• Wellbeing and Prevention
• Workforce
• Continuity of Service

You can find out more here, to five feedback you can contact the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the SA Mental Health Commission via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closes: December 31 2018

Research on communication in healthcare settings is being undertaken in an anonymous online survey open to all Australian residents over 18 years of age. The survey is part of PhD research by Michelle Lum, and the purpose of this research is to determine how people experience communication with healthcare practitioners in primary healthcare settings, such as medical and dental services.

You can find out more information about participating in this research here.

Health Issues Centre are currently investigating patterns of complaints with medical devices. As reported widely on the ABC this week the failure of a variety of medical devices features in the TGA’s Adverse Event Register. However we know that the Register grossly understates the number of consumers who have been impacted by consequent injury and suffering.

They are seeking consumer feedback about medical devices, implants and fixtures that may have mal-functioned, failed or lead to unintended complications. You can read more about this investigation here.

If you would like to provide feedback you can complete the survey here.

In 2017, Health Issues Centre Victoria (HIC) initiated a public investigation into the unintended injuries caused to thousands of women through the use of trans-vaginal mesh implants as the preferred treatment for pelvic prolapse and urinary stress incontinence. This research has led to far reaching reforms with changes to the information provided to women considering corrective measures, the establishment of care pathways for injured women and changes to the risk rating applied to mesh by the regulator of medical devices, the Therapeutic Goods Administration. HIC is now conducting a public consultation to identify other patterns of malfunction in medical devices and implants. This is a national consultation and the aim is to ensure that faulty devices are removed from the market, and that consumers who have suffered injury are provided with adequate care and remedy.

You can find out more on the HIC investigation here.

You can take the survey here.

Macquarie University invites consumers who use mobile health apps to participate in a study about how they use them. The purpose of this study is to identify the types of safety problems that arise when consumers use mobile apps to manage their health and the consequences of those problems. Participants will be required to complete an online survey (approx 10 mins) about their use of health apps. You can find out more here.

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Conflict of Interest Workshop

Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop.

HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available.

Reminder: Christmas Closure

HCA will close for the Christmas period, Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019. Next week's eNews will be our last for 2018 and will be a short wrap up of the year.

The first edition of our 2019 eNews will be published on Wednesday 23 January 2019.

There is change ahead for the HCA team in 2019, and we take this opportunity to thank our supporters and members for your continued support throughout 2018.

Transvaginal Mesh Update - New clinic opens!

SA Health has established the SA Health Pelvic Mesh Clinic at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a specialist clinic for women experiencing complications from pelvic mesh. The clinic aims to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care for all South Australian women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants. The clinic brings together experts from various health backgrounds and disciplines to work together as a team to review each patient’s individual case. A GP referral is required to access the clinic. Information for consumers and GPs is available here.

The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line: 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

ACSQHC - Partnering with Consumers Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation.

The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.

You can view the report here.

Head to Health - Finding Mental Health Resources

Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.

You can visit the site here.


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Events

15th National Rural Health Conference

24 - 27 March 2019
Hobart Tasmania

Everything you need to refresh your energy and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia is there; including:

  • 4 days of inspiring presentations and events
  • 5 pre-conference events
  • 30 keynote speakers
  • 212 presenters in 45 concurrent sessions
  • 40 poster presentations
  • a stimulting arts and health program
  • 75 exhibitors
  • and a gala dinner!

Register here before 31 December 2018 to take advantage of the discounted Earlybird registration rate.


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