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Phone: 08 8231 4169
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

HCA Social Media Review

HCA are reviewing the way we use social media and how to make sure you get the most out of the information we share and so we can gather your feedback and opinions. We want to know what you want to see on our social media and what engages you the most. Social media is a great way to inform and engage with the community and we think we could be using it better! We would really appreciate your feedback.

Please complete our one minute survey here to help us improve our social media engagement. 

You can view our Facebook here and Twitter here

Board Communique March 2019

The March HCASA Board meeting recently confirmed our capacity to continue our work well into 2020. HCASA is here to stay. We had expected to call a Special General Meeting at about this time to ask our members to consider the organisation’s future. After careful consideration of our financial position, our capacity and the importance of our work we are instead scheduling the launch of our new business prospectus. This is planned for Monday 17 June, Save the date.

You will have read in eNews that we have moved our offices upstairs from level 1 to 3 at 12 Pirie Street. Our team continues to do an amazing job building a viable and sustainable business future. You’ll hear more about this on/after 17 June. We would not have been able to consider such an optimistic future without the pragmatic and moral support of our members, partners and supporters. Thank you.


We encourage organisations and individuals who believe in our vision of ‘consumers at the centre of health’ to make sure they have current membership of HCASA. As you know, we are a state-wide, member-based incorporated association with no political affiliations. We provide the information, training and services people, services and policy makers need to ensure consumers have a powerful influence on the health services that they pay for, use and expect to support the health and wellbeing of all South Australians. This work must and will continue.


Debra Kay PSM
Board Chair HCASA
On behalf of the HCASA Board and Staff Team

New Code, laws and website for the HCSCC

There have been some changes at the Health and Community Service Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). On 18 March 2019, South Australia implemented the Code of Conduct for Certain Health Care Workers which replaced the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners. This change aligns South Australia with the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers approved by the COAG Health Council. Unregistered health care workers who do not fall within the jurisdiction of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will have to comply with the code and display certain information where they practise.

The code establishes:

• A range of minimum standards for unregistered health care workers.
• Additional powers to the HCSCC if an unregistered health care worker is found to have breached the Code.

Law changes also came into effect that allow the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner to:

• Adopt prohibition orders imposed on individuals from across Australia.
• Investigate individual volunteers providing a health service.
• Restrict people who are subject to a prohibition order from advertising and promoting themselves as a health service.
• Issue a public statement to identify a person or warn the public when interim action has been taken.

To read the HCSCC’s news release, click here. To read more about the code of conduct, click here.

You’ll also notice that the HCSCC has a new website, which the Health Consumer’s Alliance was consulted on. The new website is easier to navigate, provides clearer information and is consumer tested. Go check it out!

And remember you can like the HCSCC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. If you would like to receive their newsletter, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cancer Voices Annual Report 2018

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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Events

The Bleeding Edge Screening

The Bleeding Edge Screening

When: Wednesday 1 May 2019 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Where
: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide

HCA are proud to host a screening of the award winning documentary, The Bleeding Edge.
The film looks at the $400 billion medical device industry and the profit-driven mind-set that rushes implanted devices into the marketplace without proper clinical trials. The screening will be followed by a panel and question and answer session. Afternoon tea will also be provided.

You can register for the event 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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2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019
Melbourne

The annual 2019 Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policymakers, 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. You can find out more about the meeting and the Choosing Wisely initiative here.


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