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Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

On this page you can find information about how to provide feedback to health service providers, and to Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA).

Providing feedback to health service providers

HCA encourages you, the consumer, to use the various complaint processes available to have your concerns, views and grievances addressed by your health service provider.

We believe consumer complaint processes can be a positive means of championing improvements in the health system, leading to better healthcare delivery for all.

In the first instance, we recommend you speak directly with a staff member from the organisation which delivered your service or care.  

If this does not provide a satisfactory resolution, and your concern is about a public hospital, you can contact consumer advisory services at Royal Adelaide HospitalFlinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga HospitalQueen Elizabeth Hospital Women's and Children's Health Network, Lyell McEwin Health Service, and Modbury Hospital.    

The SA Health Fact Sheet on the consumer feedback process details the steps you can take to give your feedback. It also provides a detailed list of consumer feedback contacts for all the SA metropolitan public hospitals, the country and metropolitan Local Health Networks, and Statewide Health Services (SA Ambulance Service, Drug and Alcohol Service, and SA Dental Service).

If your issue is not adequately resolved with the health service, you have the right to pursue your complaint through the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). This is an independent, impartial and confidential free service. HCSCC assists service users, their families, carers, advocates and service providers with information and advice, and can help people who wish to complain about health, community and child protection services in South Australia

You can find out more about making a complaint to the HCSCC here.

If your complaint is about an individual registered health practitioner or student, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) can help you. AHPRA is the right place to make a complaint if you are concerned a health practitioner is behaving in a way that could present a risk to you, to other patients or members of the public.

You can find a joint fact sheet detailing what AHPRA does, and what the HCSCC does below.

AHPRA HCSSC Brochure

You may also like to read HCA's 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 below.

Directory of advocacy / complaints services

 

Providing feedback to HCA

The mission of Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) is to engage consumers and health services to achieve quality, safe, consumer-centred care for all South Australians.

We therefore welcome your feedback - both compliments and complaints.

We aim to achieve prompt, transparent and efficient resolution of complaints. We also want to support your right to choose how you provide your feedback - in person, in writing via letter or email, or by phone.

You are welcome to call into HCA to provide your feedback, or phone one of the HCA team. 

You may seek independent external advice if you are not satisfied following our handling of your complaint.

Also, you can phone the Chief Executive on (08) 8231 4169.

If you are making a compliment or complaint in writing, you can choose to use the Complaints and Compliments Form attached below, or you can write a letter.

Please address your feedback to:

HCA Chief Executive
PO Box 2248
Adelaide SA 5001 

OR

The Chairperson
HCA Board
PO Box 2248
Adelaide SA 5001

Alternatively, you can email your complaint marked Confidential Complaint to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At HCA complaints are valued, as they enable us to review and correct any problems, improve our service quality, and maintain positive relationships.

HCA Complaints and Compliments Form

 

Latest news

Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

The Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation is conducting an inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services. HCA was invited to make a submission in contribution to the inquiry. Studies have shown that health services working effectively and using a person-centred care approach can lead to improved workforce attitudes and job satisfaction, decreased emotional stress, decreased workforce turnover, and absenteeism and improved overall workforce wellbeing.

Read our submission here

HCA Training 2019

In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:

One of the changes of not having a core funding base is that we will now be charging for our training, including consumer training. Fees will be kept as low as possible, and opportunities for subsidised training will be made available to consumers who do not have the capacity to pay.

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Closing in on a genetic map for depression

An international team of researchers led by SAHMRI-based epidemiologist Dr Azmeraw Amare has opened the door to more rapid mapping of the genetic foundations of mental health disorders. The global collaboration, that included SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, found eight never-before-identified gene variants related to increased risk of depressive disorder, and more importantly, strengthened the evidence for genetic links between major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Find out more here. 

Sexual Health Counselling Now Available at Headspace Onkaparinga

Headspace Onkaparinga now offers sexual health counselling, every Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Counselling is available for people aged 12 - 25 years who can recieve free advice and referral on sexual health-related concerns. Clients can choose to visit the centre on their own or with a partner or support person. To make an appointment, call (08) 8186 8600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resources and support links for mentally healthy workplaces

The South Australian Health Commission offers online resources aimed at helping maintain a mentally health workplace. One of the important roles of the Commission is to work with South Australian communities and leaders to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Investing in mentally healthy workplaces is a win-win for employers, workers, the economy and the State. Find out more here.


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Events

Workshop – Draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter)

Wednesday 6 March 2019

11.30am - 2:30 pm
HCA Adelaide

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to attend a workshop to provide input on the draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). A consultation was undertaken in 2018 which sought feedback on how user-friendly and easy to understand the existing Charter is, and how it could be improved. This feedback has informed the draft Second Edition, which will be discussed in detail at the workshop. Feedback will also be sought on the types of resources participants would find helpful when using the Charter. Participants will be provided with introductory information and will be required to complete a short survey prior to the event. Lunch will be provided.

Find out more and register here. 

Closing The Gap Day

Wednesday 27 March 

11.00am - 3.00pm
Adelaide Showgrounds

Sonder, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network, is hosting the Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground. Admission is free for all ages. It aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. The event will also feature plenty of free activities for children, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.

Find out more here.

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019

Melbourne

The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April.

Find out more and register here. 

Health & Community Services Complaints Commissioner Website Focus Group

Wednesday 30 January 2019

10am – 12pm
HCA Adelaide

HCA is hosting a focus group for the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). The focus group aims to gain consumer feedback on their current website to ensure it is user-friendly.

You can find out more and register here. 

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Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer Workshop

Thursday 21 February 2019

1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thebarton

As part of the Community Mental Health Re-design Project, a Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer workshop is being held for consumers and carers who are or have received care from CALHN mental health services.
The aim of the workshop is to identify:

Who are our consumers, carers and community?
What are our guiding principles?
Service description – what works well and what we could do better?
Future service – how would it work?

Find out more and Register here

 


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