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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

Closes: Monday 30 April 2018

Closing the Gap Refresh is a joint initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). As part of the refresh, the COAG has released a discussion paper, the Next Phase, and is seeking consumer feedback via a short online survey and/or written submission. This is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share their ideas on the best way to ‘refresh’ the Closing the Gap agenda. You can find out more and make a submission here.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is undertaking a survey to collect information about consumer experiences and attitudes towards key issues related to medicines and their use. Your feedback will help the TGA improve the way they collect and use adverse event reports. The survey will take between five and ten minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. You can find out more here.

Researchers at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide are conducting a national study looking at the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents. This research will help improve the diagnostic experience of adolescents with PCOS in the future. They are looking for adolescents aged 12 to 19 who have been diagnosed with PCOS by a medical doctor, to take part in the study. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire (approximately 15-20 minutes). If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the study, you can find out more here.

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The University of Tasmania is conducting an online survey of people who use prescription opioids to manage chronic non-cancer pain, to investigate the effects that such medications may have on cognitive performance (for example, memory). The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete. Participants need to be currently experiencing chronic, non-cancer pain (three+ months duration), and need to be using prescription-only opioid medications. They can enter the draw to win a $50 voucher. More detailed information on the study, consent and taking the survey is available here.

The Plug-in community is looking for consumers who access (or support someone to access) health, aged care or disability services in and around the Playford, Salisbury, and Gawler regions, to provide input on the development of phase two of the Healthia precinct. This precinct, which will be developed next to the Lyell McEwin Hospital, will offer apartments, residential aged care, and disability services for residents in the northern suburbs, and partner with other providers to deliver services and facilities to the local community. Feedback is sought on the types of retail, health, hospitality and community services that should be available in the health and wellness precinct. You can find out more here.

Closes: Monday 23 April 2018

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Public Health Awards provide well-deserved recognition of the extraordinary contribution doctors and associated health groups make to health care and public health. A full description of the criteria for nominations, and information on how to nominate is available here.

Latest news

Senate Report on Transvaginal Mesh released

The Senate Report on The number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters was released on 28 March 2018. Australia’s state and territory based health consumer organisations have welcomed the recognition of the extent and impact of harm to women, and the recommendations contained in the Senate report. You can find their media release, together with a joint media release by Pelvic Mesh Support Groups across Australia, and links to the Senate Report and further information here.

#hellomynameis Campaign

The “hello my name is” campaign was created by Dr Kate Granger MBE, a doctor in the UK who had terminal cancer. Together with her husband Chris Pointon, Dr Granger started the campaign in August 2013, asking frontline national health service staff to make a pledge to introduce themselves in future to their patients. She used social media to help kick start the campaign and created the hashtag #hellomynameis. Last week Health Consumers Forum of Australia (CHF) and The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) co-hosted the #hellomynameis Comes to Canberra Webinar, which you can view

Hospital-acquired complications information kit supporting safety and quality

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, in consultation with clinical experts from across Australia, has developed the hospital-acquired complications information kit. This kit has been developed to improve the safety and quality of health services, and outcomes for Australian patients. The kit also provides insights for consumers on health service activities relating to safety and quality. You can find out more here.

HealthPathways South Australia goes live

HealthPathways South Australia is a free online portal for GPs, practice nurses and other health professionals. It provides them with easy access to comprehensive, evidence-based clinical information, and local referral resources relevant to patient care. With the recent launch of HealthPathways in SA, consumers may see their health providers using this portal. More information and a video that explains HealthPathways South Australia is available here.

Appointment of new HCA CE, Julia Overton

HCA Board Chair Debra Kay PSM is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Ms Julia Overton. Julia will commence in the role on 23 April 2018. Julia has spent the majority of her career working within the health system in South Australia, with a focus on the social determinants of health and equity. She is an experienced executive, having held senior positions within primary health services and Local Government, as well as management experience in small business. You can read more about Julia below. Julia is looking forward to working closely with our members and partners, consumers and communities, to strengthen the position of consumers at the centre of health in South Australia. 

Julia Overton Biography

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Asthma Masterclass

Monday 9 April 2018
10am - 11.30am

Asthma Foundation SA, Hilton

Would you like to learn to live well with asthma? Asthma Masterclasses aim to increase your knowledge and confidence in managing asthma. Learning more about what asthma is and how to respond to symptoms will help you feel in control of your condition. Learn more about the medications, how to use them and when. We also look at worsening asthma, and teach Asthma First Aid. This is essential information for everyone with asthma, or those caring for others with asthma. You can find all training dates in 2018, Kids Asthma Masterclass details, and register to attend here.

Webinar: Difficult-to-treat and severe asthma - changing the paradigm

Tuesday 1 May 2018

7:00 – 8:00 pm (AEST)

NPS MedicineWise is hosting a webinar on difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. Many asthma sufferers experience uncontrolled asthma and poor outcomes, despite high-dose standard therapy. The webinar aims to explore new therapies which may improve the health outcomes for people who suffer severe asthma. An expert panel will convene for a multidisciplinary discussion on new therapies, and how to identify and manage difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. You can find out more and register here.

Webinar: Heavy menstrual bleeding: Delivering best practice forum

Monday 7 May 2018

9.30am – 3.00pm

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to participate in their upcoming webinar on the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard (the Standard). The Standard was developed in response to significant variation in the rate of hysterectomy and endometrial ablation surgical procedures to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, as identified in both the first and the second Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The webinar will provide participants the opportunity to learn more about the Standard. You can find out more and register to attend here.

7th Strong Aboriginal Children's Health Expo

Thursday 19 April 2018
11am - 3.00pm

Adelaide Entertainment Centre
SA Health DeadlyKidsSA, in partnership with Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service and Nunkuwarrin Yunti, is hosting this free expo in April. Aboriginal families are encouraged to come along for a day of healthy activities and information in a fun environment. Kids can complete the "My Deadly Health Journey" and receive a showbag! You can find out more and register to attend here

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference

Friday 15 June 2018

8am - 4pm

This year's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Conference program has been developed with the theme around 'Prevention to Intervention'. The purpose of the WEAAD is to encourage communities to recognise the issues concerning abuse of older people, and for our society to create policies that promote dignity and respect for older people. The conference will demonstrate strategies developed and used by professionals in a variety of fields. You can find out more about the conference here.

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