HCA established the Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee in July 2015, at the request of SA Health. The Committee developed a work plan, with consumer-centred care as its key driver. In July 2017, it was announced that the Transforming Health brand was being retired, however health reform would continue as business as usual. Subsequently, the last Committee meeting was held in September 2017. You can find its final communique below.
HCA would like to thank the exceptional members of the Committee, and the SA Health staff who have informed and consulted the Committee, along with the consumers and stakeholders who participated in events hosted by the Committee.
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.
Over ninety participants joined the Minister for Health, the Acting Chief Transformation Officer, the Health Consumers Alliance Chief Executive and Board Chair, and members of HCA and SA Health staff at a workshop on 7 May 2015, to establish the Peak Consumers and Community Engagement Forum and Strategy.
As the peak body for health consumers and health consumer organisations in South Australia, HCA facilitated the workshop and will chair the Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Forum in Transforming Health.
Membership of the Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee has been endorsed by the Minister for Health. The Committee is a diverse and energetic group of consumers with experience across mental health, rural health, rehabilitation, veteran health, palliative care, hospitals and critical care, oncology, aged care, carers, LGBTIQ health and multicultural communities. Additional forums will be held with Aboriginal community groups and consumers and communities who want to advise on implementing Transforming Health. The committee includes representation of each of the SA Health Local Health Network Consumer Advocacy Committees.
The Committee is chaired by Michael Cousins, HCA Chief Executive and includes the following members:
The Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee meets monthly and works through a strategic / action plan to address the issues that were raised at the community workshop. Please refer to our monthly communique to stay up to date with the Committee’s activities.
Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop.
HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available.
HCA will close for the Christmas period, Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019. Next week's eNews will be our last for 2018 and will be a short wrap up of the year.
The first edition of our 2019 eNews will be published on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
There is change ahead for the HCA team in 2019, and we take this opportunity to thank our supporters and members for your continued support throughout 2018.
SA Health has established the SA Health Pelvic Mesh Clinic at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a specialist clinic for women experiencing complications from pelvic mesh. The clinic aims to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care for all South Australian women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants. The clinic brings together experts from various health backgrounds and disciplines to work together as a team to review each patient’s individual case. A GP referral is required to access the clinic. Information for consumers and GPs is available here.
The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line: 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation.
The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.
You can view the report here.
Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.
You can visit the site here.
24 - 27 March 2019
Everything you need to refresh your energy and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia is there; including:
Register here before 31 December 2018 to take advantage of the discounted Earlybird registration rate.