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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

HCA's Policy Council was established in 2013 to advise, contribute and make recommendations to matters relating to HCA's work inaccordance with HCA's 2012-16 Strategic Directions. 

The Policy Council consists of: 

  • representatives of HCA organisational members;
  • HCA individual members;
  • Local Hospital Network (LHN) Governing Council Consumer Representatives;
  • representatives of LHN Health Advisory Councils and Consumer Advisory Committees:
  • representatives of Aboriginal health consumers;
  • representatives of rural and remote health consumers;
  • representatives of people living with a disability;
  • representatives of CALD health consumers;
  • representatives of young health consumers;
  • individuals with policy, research and/or advocacy expertise.

The Council makes recommendations for Board approval, in consultation with the Executive Director, on the following areas:

  • Matters relating to HCA's systemic policy, research and advocacy activities. 
  • Contribute to the development of HCA responses to State government health plans, reports, inquiries, legislation and policy proposals and any other key policy initiatives that impact upon health consumers.
  • Convene HCA Members Policy Forums.
  • Advise and make recommendations regarding stakeholder engagement in the development of HCA responses and submissions.
  • Develop and promote HCA policy positions in accordance with HCA’s strategic priorities.
  • Advise and make recommendations on policy, research and advocacy strategies and initiatives that support the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of all South Australians, in particular, the health outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable health consumers.

HCA's Policy Council Nomination Form

HCA Strategic Directions 2012-2016

Latest news

THCCEC Activities Report finalised

The Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (THCCEC) Activities Report is now available. HCA would like to thank all the consumers and community members who volunteered their time and provided their wisdom to the Committee, which had its final meeting in September 2017. The report summarises the activities of the committee and the experiences of the consumer and community members as well as those of SA Health representatives who attended the meetings. Recommendations regarding future engagement in health strategy and policy are also included. You can view the report below. 

TH CCEC Activities Report

Power Dependency Forum Report

HCA hosted a forum on Power Dependency on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The forum had two key objectives, to review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and associated messaging to inform the development of a Communications Plan, and support processes for potentially vulnerable people and their carers/families; and to identify what consumers should do to prepare for and manage an outage. The report summarising the key findings arising from the forum is available below.

Power Dependency Forum Report

Consumer experience of SA Health funded services report

HCA hosted a forum on consumer experience of SA Health funded services on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The forum objective was for participants to establish an approach across SA Health that ensures community-based services funded through SA Health have a consumer-centred care focus. The report outlining the main themes to emerge from the forum is now available for download below.

Consumer Experience Forum Report

CHF: Growth of private care in public hospitals raises equity questions

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) have released a media statement in response to a new report showing that public patients wait twice as long for elective surgery as private patients do in public hospitals. You can read the full statement here.

Directory of advocacy / complaints services

HCA is pleased to publish this Directory of advocacy / complaints services. It provides a summary of advocacy / complaints services that can assist individuals and families who wish to provide feedback or make a complaint about health, aged care or disability services. The role of each service and the degree of individual advocacy it provides is summarised, and contact details are listed. You can access the directory here.

 


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Events

Netfest 2018

Friday 16 February 2018

Netfest is South Australia's largest professional development and networking event for non-government youth sector workers. The day-long event brings together over a hundred dedicated youth sector workers, stakeholders and supporters from across the state to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice. Netfest includes both formal and informal networking, a keynote presentation, professional development session and an open forum. You can find out more and register here.

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training

Are you thinking about becoming a consumer advocate or would you like to refresh your knowledge?

Our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session will give you information on the role, challenges and benefits of being a consumer advocate.

The sessions are interactive and based on adult-learning principles. Participants receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.

For more information see attached flyer

The upcoming training date is:

  • Monday 5 February 2018
  • Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Friday 22 June 2018
  • Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018

The training is held at the HCA offices at Level 1/12 Pirie Street Adelaide. You can register to attend online here. 

Consumer Advocacy Training Flyer


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