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Closes: Monday 5 March 2018

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has engaged Deloitte to undertake a review of its current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) fees and charges for medicines and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). The purpose of the review is to improve the accuracy and transparency of the cost recovery arrangements for that regulatory function and address a significant under recovery over the past four financial years. Deloitte has completed its review and put forward three options for TGA’s consideration. The TGA is conducting a consultation to seek feedback from impacted stakeholders on the three options provided. You can find out more here.

Closes: Monday 12 March 2018

The National Health and Medical Research Council's Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has released the updated evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. The guideline is now open for public consultation and feedback from those who have experience with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. You can find out more here.

Closes: Thursday 15 March 2018

On 6 December 2017, the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, launched Australia's Aged Care Diversity Framework. The Framework seeks to embed diversity in design and delivery of aged care and support actions to address perceived or actual barriers to consumers accessing equitable and quality aged care. Stakeholders from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds are invited to provide feedback on the Framework via a survey. You can find out more and take the survey here.

Closes: Thursday 15 March 2018

The Department of General Practice, Monash University, has prepared a draft clinical guideline on the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions. You are invited to make a submission to the Department of General Practice on the draft guideline, draft technical report and draft implementation plan. You can find out more about the submission process here.

Butterfly has commissioned a consultation survey focusing on the cost of eating disorder treatment, and the impact of the disorder on individuals and their families. Those with lived experience are encouraged to:share their experience of the financial costs related to the treatment of an eating disorder provide insights into the impact of this cost on their daily lives contribute to commentary for government, both Federal and State, for advocacy and change to current health policy. Butterfly is seeking insight from a diverse range of experiences from the community, which will help them to better understand the financial impact on an individual and their family when treating an eating disorder. The survey is open to anyone over the age of 18 and living in Australia and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. You can find out more here.

Closes: Friday 16 March 2018

The Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (the Taskforce) welcomes consumer input into the development of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy (the Strategy). The Taskforce is developing a strategy for growing and sustaining the workforce providing aged care services and support for older people, to meet their care needs in a variety of settings across Australia. To support its work, the Taskforce is undertaking two phases of broad consultation. In this first phase, they are seeking ideas and suggestions on key considerations for each strategic imperative to inform the development of the Strategy. You can find out more about the consultation here.

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HCA 2018 Election Platform

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below. 

HCA 2018 Election Platform

HCA 2018 Election Platform Background

HCA Board Chair participating in Collaborative Pairs Australia

Beginning soon as a national trial in Australia, the Collaborative Pairs Australia program is bringing together health providers and consumers to develop their teamwork skills, to lead change and improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will deliver leadership training to participants who enrol as consumer-clinician pairs in four regions, and support them to implement localised health service improvement and innovation projects. HCA Board Chair Deb Kay is one of the program facilitators. Deb is optimistic about the potential of this project to build the capacity and expertise of consumers and health professionals to work in genuine partnership. You can find more information on the program and Deb’s participation here.

HCA February 2018 Board Update

At the HCA Board meeting on 5 February 2018, members discussed a range of topics, including changes to Board membership, progress in recruiting a new HCA Chief Executive, and the HCA 2018 Election Platform. You can read the Board Update here.

Consumer Advocates Network Meeting

Last Tuesday we hosted our first Consumer Advocates Network (CAN) meeting for 2018. At each meeting of the CAN, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the February meeting was the SA Translation Centre, with guest speaker Jenni Carr. All members of the CAN network have completed our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training course. You can find out more about the training and scheduled training dates for 2018 here.

Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee: February Communique

The SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee was established in June 2017 to provide oversight and guidance to SA Health in implementing the six recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report. Following each meeting, a communique summarising the activities of the committee is published. The February 2018 communique has been published and is available to view here. You can view all available communiques here.

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Inspiration for Innovation Symposium: The Health Priority Network

Thursday 1 March 2018

9.30am – 1.30pm

The Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is hosting an Inspiration for Innovation Symposium at the Thebarton Community Centre, with the aim to encourage community members to join their Health Priority Network. The Network provides a platform to share ideas and work together to improve a person’s primary health care journey. The symposium will explore opportunities for improving:

• health promotion and health literacy
• mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and physical
health issues
• equity and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander communities.

You can find out more and register to attend here.

Health Project Management Community of Practice

Wednesday 4 April 2018
5.30pm – 7.00pm

The Australian Institute of Project Management is hosting an event on health project management, the first event in a series. Registered participants will explore the challenges in project management in health. Guest Speaker Professor Judith Dwyer, Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at the Flinders University School of Medicine, will present ideas formed in the course of her working life in healthcare management. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their perspectives and stories following the presentation. You can view the event flyer to find out more below. 

Health Project Management Flyer

Working with people with lived experiences

Tuesday 6 March 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm

Participants of the working with people with lived experiences workshop will explore the current and potential role of people with lived experience within their services. It will also employ examples to highlight the complexities and the innovation in practice to help guide future direction in this area. There will be a focus on people with a CALD background. Please email your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8245 8100. More information is available on the flyer below.

Working with people with lived experience

National Disability Insurance Scheme information session

Monday 26 February 2018

5pm – 6.30pm

North Adelaide Community Centre

The National Disability Insurance Agency is running an information session to help people with disability, their families, and carers to:

gain information about accessing the NDIS
understand what may be included in an NDIS plan
prepare for their first planning conversation.

This session is for people who seek access to the NDIS or who already have gained eligibility for the NDIS. You can find out more and register here.

Closing the Gap Day 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018

The Northern Health Network invites you to join them for a celebration of Indigenous culture at Closing the Gap Day, to be held at the Adelaide Showground. The day is a free all-ages event which aims to bring together people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. You can find out more and register here.

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