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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

Health literacy resources for consumers

HCA has compiled a list of resources produced by various organisations, designed to assist consumers to improve their individual health literacy. A short description of the resource is included under each link.


Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care resources

Health literacy for consumers
A one-page infographic (text and pictures) describing what you can do to understand your health better.

What is health literacy?
A one-page infographic summarising what health literacy is.

What is health literacy? – two components
A one-page infographic showing the two components of health literacy: individual and environment.

Health literacy in Australia
A one-page infographic showing the percentages of Australians’ overall health literacy.

Why health literacy is important
A one-page infographic showing how health literacy affects you.

Why is health literacy important? – increases risks
A one-page infographic showing the risks of low health literacy.

Health Literacy: A summary for Consumers
An eight-page booklet describing individual health literacy and the health literacy environment, and what can be done to improve both.

Top tips for safe health care
On this webpage you’ll find the nine top tips for safe health care, designed to help consumers, their families, carers and other support people get the most out of their health care.  

Top tips for safe health care booklet
A six-page booklet with detailed information you can use when you talk to your doctor and other healthcare providers, including nurses, pharmacists, specialists, allied health and mental health workers (note: this is a web version of the booklet.  A print version is available on the website.)

Top tips for safe health care booklet  - 15 translated versions
The six-page booklet is translated into Arabic, Chinese (simplified ), Chinese (traditional), Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish and Vietnamese. The translations were completed by accredited translators, then tested and approved by members of each linguistic community to ensure the information is culturally appropriate and easy to understand.

Top tips for safe health care infographic
A one-page infographic showing the nine top tips for safe health care.

Top tips for safe health care infographic – 15 translated versions
A one-page infographic showing the nine top tips for safe health care, translated into Arabic, Chinese (Simplified ), Chinese (Traditional), Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish and Vietnamese.

 

Choosing Wisely Australia resources

5 questions to ask your doctor – A4 size            5 questions to ask your doctor – poster size
A one-page tip sheet listing five questions to ask your doctor or other health care provider before you get any test, treatment or procedure. These questions aim to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.

5 questions to ask your doctor – translated resources
This webpage contains translated versions of the 5 questions you should consider asking your doctor or other healthcare provider.

Communicating with your health care provider
A one-page fact sheet with suggestions to help you get the most of our your healthcare appointments, with tips to use before, during and after your appointment.

Choosing Wisely Australia videos
This webpage contains a variety of videos and transcripts, including “in the news” and interviews about interactions between health professionals and consumers.

 

NPS MedicineWise resources

Making wise choices about medicines
This webpage contains written information and videos to help you weigh up the pros and cons of taking a medicine, and how to work with your health professional to make the right decisions for you.

Understanding medical tests
On this webpage you will find information and a video to assist with questions to ask your doctor, and weighing up your options.

Consumer information
There are multiple topic cards on this webpage, providing information to help you to make the best decisions about your medicines and medical tests. Topic cards include rheumatoid arthritis, antibiotics, acute knee injuries, and many more. 

 

Healthdirect Australia resources

healthdirect website 
healthdirect is a free service supported by the governments of Australia, to provide safe, practical health information and advice.  On this home page, you will find links to a variety of health topics from A to Z, medicines, a symptom checker and a service finder.  The 24 hour health advice and information phone number is 1800 022 222.

healthdirect Symptom checker
The healthdirect Symptom checker asks you some questions then guides you to the appropriate healthcare action - if you need to see a doctor or go to your nearest hospital or emergency department.  It helps you understand symptoms and possible signs of illness, causes and complications.  An app is also available for mobile devices.

healthdirect medicines page 
On this webpage you can find information on many different kinds of medications (such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, and medications for blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and pain). You can also search for specific medicines by their brand name or active ingredient.

healthdirect service finder 
This webpage will assist you to find a variety of health services, for example, a general practitioner, hospital, dentist, physiotherapist or counsellor.  You can search via your preferences, such as bulk-billing, open now or accessible parking, and by your location.

Questions to ask your doctor 
This webpage contains suggested questions about health problems, treatments, medicines and tests, and links to more information resources.  Asking questions and being informed means that together with your health professionals, you are in a better position to make the best healthcare decisions for you.

Question Builder
On this webpage you will find the Question Builder, developed in partnership by Healthdirect Australia and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.  Question Builder is a tool to help you prepare for your medical appointment.  By working through a series of steps, you can create a list of the most important questions to ask your doctor, and you can prepare for the questions you may be asked too.  A link to more detailed information on Question Builder is included on this page.

 

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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