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in South Australia

Closes: Monday 18 December 2017

The Department of Health is seeking information on domestic and international initiatives that align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the Australian population. Collectively, the information captured through this process will provide a snapshot of Australia’s progress on health-related Sustainable Development Goals. You can find out more about the consultation here.

Closes: Friday 22 December 2017
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking feedback from interested parties on future options for the regulation of personalised and 3D printed medical devices. The purpose of this consultation is to provide an opportunity for the public to contribute to the development of a regulatory framework for personalised medical devices such as those enabled by 3D printing. Reforms will affect the industry, healthcare professionals and patients using these medical devices. Comments will assist the TGA to identify issues and ensure regulation of the devices is appropriate to the level of risk. You can find out more about the consultation here.

Closes: Friday 22 December 2017

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is seeking feedback from primary care sector stakeholders on a consultation paper which outlines the Commission’s approach to this work. The Commission is seeking feedback on its proposed strategies, as well as feedback on other strategies, tools, and resources that need to be developed to support improvements in patient safety and quality for primary care services. You can find out more about the consultation process, and download the consultation paper here.

Closes: Friday 29 December 2017
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed a draft Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard in collaboration with the Australian Government, state and territory governments, patients and carers, clinicians, researchers and health organisations. Consultation on the draft Standard and associated resources is now open. Submissions are requested via online survey or in writing. You can view the consultation material and find out more here.

Closes: Sunday 21 January 2018

In 2016, the Australian Government announced it would establish Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs) to support people who experience very severe behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. A detailed consultation paper has been prepared to seek stakeholder views on the policy design and implementation of SDCUs. You can find out more here.

Closes: Monday 8 January 2018
As part of the review of the implementation of the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians Action Plan 2015-2021, YourSaySA wants to hear your views about what is required next to further safeguard the rights of older South Australians and to better respond to elder abuse. There are a number of ways to provide your feedback. You can view the consultation documents and find out more here.

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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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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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