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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

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.

Communique 17 September 2017

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.

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.

Letter to the Health Minister Peak CCEF

Community Workshop - Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Forum and Strategy for TH Report

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

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:

  • Vicki Castle
  • Jules Ferguson
  • Anne Burgess
  • Helena Kyriazopoulos
  • Lynda Whiteway
  • Allan Patching
  • Melissa Cadzow
  • Amanda Porter
  • Dean Fyfe
  • Peter Blacker/ Kathleen Gregurke
  • Chris Lemmer
  • Lyn Woodforde
  • Diana Voss

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.

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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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Events

Inspiration for Innovation Symposium: The Health Priority Network

Thursday 1 March 2018

9.30am – 1.30pm
Torrensville

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
Adelaide

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
Hindmarsh

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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