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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

The State Government has been embarking on an ambitious reform strategy for public health services, driven by the need to make improvements in service quality across our entire health system, and to ensure the people of South Australia receive the appropriate care in the right location at the right time.  

Transforming Health is now near completion – many of the models of care have been implemented across the Local Health Networks, and capital infrastructure investments have been completed at Modbury and Noarlunga Hospitals, and are well advanced at Flinders Medical Centre. 

For more information on what has occurred at each hospital under Transforming Health, please visit the Transforming Health website.

A variety of Health Consumer Alliance of SA (HCA) documents relating to Transforming Health are listed below, including a position statement, community workshop report, and responses to Transforming Health proposals and discussion papers.

HCA Board Position Statement

Position Statement May 2015

Report on the Community Workshop

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

HCA response to Transforming Health Proposal Paper - February 2015

HCA Response Transforming Health Proposals Paper Feb 2015

 Consortium Submission

Consortium Submission to TH SACOSS-PHAA-AHPA-Southgate-HCA Feb 2015

HCA Response to the Transforming Health Discussion Paper

HCA Response to Transforming Health Discussion Paper Nov 2014

Consortium Response

Consortium response to TH SACOSS PHAA AHPA Southgate HCA Nov 2014


Transforming Health was a major state government initiative involving healthcare reform in response to findings that the current system was not delivering consistent quality outcomes across all services and sites and to significant cuts to Commonwealth funding in May 2014. SA Health commissioned the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre to undertake evaluation of system changes under Transfroming Health. The Transforming Health Evaluation Working Group was established in October 2016. HCA was a member of the expert based working group. The evaluation was limited compared to the extent of changes in Transforming Health, a pragmatic, fit for purpose case study approach was adopted to investigate four clinical projects and the following themes helped to focus the case study: Population Health: The Patient Centred Experience: Staff Engagement: Clinical Outcomes and System Outcomes. A seminar was held on Thursday 7 June to publicly report the findings, the associated reports and recommendations are

You can view the full report here.

You can view the summary report here.

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Conflict of Interest Workshop

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.

Reminder: Christmas Closure

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.

Transvaginal Mesh Update - New clinic opens!

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).

ACSQHC - Partnering with Consumers Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

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 - Finding Mental Health Resources

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.

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15th National Rural Health Conference

24 - 27 March 2019
Hobart Tasmania

Everything you need to refresh your energy and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia is there; including:

  • 4 days of inspiring presentations and events
  • 5 pre-conference events
  • 30 keynote speakers
  • 212 presenters in 45 concurrent sessions
  • 40 poster presentations
  • a stimulting arts and health program
  • 75 exhibitors
  • and a gala dinner!

Register here before 31 December 2018 to take advantage of the discounted Earlybird registration rate.

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