A HCA consumer advocate is a person who advocates the consumer perspective and has the requisite experience to speak as an informed consumer (e.g. Statewide Clinical Networks, GP Plus Networks). A consumer advocates program has been developed by HCA as a way of encouraging and organizing the participation of consumers, and the representation of their interests, in health care decision making.
The program is a process for selecting and supporting consumer advocates or representatives, who then act in a formal capacity to provide perspectives to decision makers and policy developers in the health sector. Government and non-government organisation contact HCA seeking consumer representatives.
Consumer advocate positions are advertised through HCA's Consumer Advocate Vacancies page, our eNews and the Consumer Opportunity newsletter.
Overall, the program is a vital part of promoting the voices of health consumers to policy and decision-makers.
HCA offers support and training for consumer advocates and encourages application from those with relevant experience to apply.
HCA'S SYSTEMIC ADVOCACY FRAMEWORK
Lyn’s passion to make a difference created a pathway into advocacy that has had her contribute across many areas of health. She has sat on a number of committees positively influencing change in consumer representation and person centred care across the health system including recent contributions though the transforming health committee and working groups on models of care. Read Lyn’s full interview below.
Julie has a passion for community and for building consumer centred care into services supporting people who are living with drug & alcohol addictions; and mental illnesses. This passion has led her to become actively engaged with Adelaide Primary Health Network, Northern Disability Network, Northern Carers Network, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia and Health Consumers Alliance. You can read our full interview with Julie below.
Jules is a dedicated advocate for consumers in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. She is an active member of Healthy Cities Onkaparinga and the recipient of the 2015 Southern Community International Women's Day award. Jules is passionate about primary health care and prevention; and cancer survivorship. You can read our full interview with Jules below.
Cecil has a lifetime of experience living with and recovering from Bipolar Affective Disorder (BPAD). He identifies mental health and disability advocacy as his vocation and calling. Cecil has an ongoing association with Lifeline (Uniting Communities), Centacare, SAHMRI, the Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience, the Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia, the Community Visitor Scheme and the South Australian Office of the Chief Psychiatrist. You can read our full interview with Cecil below.