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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

You can find the Consumer Feedback Process outlined in the fact sheet below. 

Consumer Feedback Process

The following links provide useful information to support consumers and carers who have concerns about their health or aged care provider and/or wish to provide feedback about their experience of care.

SA Health Feedback and Complaints

Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner

Aged Rights Advocacy Service

Office of the Public Advocate

The Community Visitor Scheme

Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia Inc

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Consumers’ Health Forum (CHF) is available to support consumer health work. Developed as part of the CHF Our Health, Our Community Project funded by the Australian Government to support a stronger voice in health reform, OurHealth leverages the online environment to connect consumers, consumer networks and consumer advocates.

Here consumers can ‘Find their way’ to useful information and most importantly, ‘Have a say’ in an interactive space supported and moderated by CHF.  This is a place where consumers can share ideas, issues and healthcare experience to contribute to improvements in our health system.  From consumer conversation CHF will build a ‘consumer knowledge base’ – a searchable bank of consumer experience that can be shared across our network. Consumer organisations and consumer representatives working at the local, State and national level will be able to use OurHealth to inform and support their work.

In a section devoted to consumer representatives, the first in a series of online training modules is now available: Guidelines for consumer representatives.

OurHealth is an exciting new resource that will enable consumers to share experiences, views and solutions like never before.  But it will not succeed without your help.  Its essence is sharing real stories, real experience, real solutions. Please take a tour of OurHealth and encourage the consumers in your network to start a conversation, share an idea and help build a consumer resource for positive change.

For more details on the Our Health, Our Community Project and the OurHealth website, please see the website: https://ourhealth.org.au/

Fact Sheets And Advisory Service For Carers Who Speak Languages Other Than English

Carers Australia now has fact sheets for young carers in multiple community languages. Click on the links below to view the fact sheets: 

Are you a young carer?

Vietnamese Turkish Spanish Traditional Chinese Simplified Chinese Serbian Macedonian Italian  Greek Farsi Arabic English

Carer Advisory Service

Vietnamese Tagalog  Spanish Traditional Chinese Simplified Chinese Khmer Hindi Greek Dinka Croatian Arabic English

Latest news

Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care

Researchers at the Institute for Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University have released their report ‘Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care’. The report summarises the results found in a study to explore the impact of Consumer Directed Care on six aged care facilities in Melbourne. The report highlights what more needs to be done to support these changes to aged care services in Australia. You can download and view the report here.

Report into the Independent review of chaperones to protect patients

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have released the report ‘Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia’’ and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. You can find out more and view the report here.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Performance Data

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) releases quarterly performance reports for each state and territory. These reports provide information for the public on the activities and performance of AHPRA and the National Boards in each state and territory. It covers their main areas of activity – managing registration, managing notifications and offences against the National Law, and monitoring health practitioners and students with restrictions on their registration. You can view the reports for each state and territory and find out more here.

Judy Smith recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

HCA member and consumer advocate Judy Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, by being admitted as Member of the Order of Australia. Judy has over 50 years experience in health, commencing her career as a nurse and more recently working as a consumer advocate. Judy is an active consumer advocate and HCA member and currently works part time as a Consumer Liaison Officer at the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS). We congratulate Judy on this recognition of many years of work in community health. You can read more about Judy below.

Media Release: Judy Smith

Mental Health Consumer Carer Participation newsletter

The first issue of the Country Health SA Mental Health Services Newsletter has been released. Its aim is to share information with consumers and carers that have accessed or are familiar with Country Health SA Mental Health Services. It will also provide information to people in the community who have an interest in rural mental health matters. You can view and download the newsletter below.

Mental Health Consumer Carer Participation newsletter


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Events

St. Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout

Saturday 29 June 2017

Each year on a cold winter’s night in June, a group of like-minded CEOs, senior managers and leaders from all sectors come together to raise funds and awareness on the reality of homelessness in Australia. This year in South Australia, the sleep out will be held on the grounds of Government House and joined by the host for the evening’s proceedings, Kate Ceberano. You don't need to be a CEO to get involved. You can find out more, register and donate here.

KYD-X Kids & Youth Disability Expo.

Saturday 14 October 2017

The kids and youth disability expo, hosted by KYD-X, is focused on the services and products available for people under 25 with a disability. It aims to inform individuals, families and carers about equipment, therapies and treatments available to them, helping them to maximise the use of their NDIS funding. You can find out more here. 

Joint ACHSM/ACHS Asia-Pacific Health leadership #2017 congress

Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 – September 2017
The Annual Australasian college of Health Service Management (ACHSM) in partnership with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) will host the  2017 Health Leadership conference. The conference will bring together renowned thought-leaders from within and outside the healthcare system, with the central theme of, the winds of Change-adjust your sails’. You can find out more and register here.

Connecting Asthma Care Conference

Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017

The 2017 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The conference theme, ‘Connecting Asthma Care’, highlights the importance of collaborative care models as critical in ensuring a patient’s interaction with the health system is linked between different levels of care, enabling appropriate case management and systematic follow up. You can find out more and register to attend here.

Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia Carer Support Program schedule

The Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia has released its Carer Support Program schedule for the second half of 2017. The program offers different peer educated programs for people who are experiencing mental illness, and for their family and friends. All facilitators have lived experience, either as a carer, or as a person living with a mental illness. You can view the flyer below which outlines more information about the programs and dates. You can book a place online through the MIFSA website here or by phoning 8378 4100.

Carer Support Program


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