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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:

  • clinical governance
  • health literacy
  • document review and
  • quality improvement processes and service redesign.
  • If you would to participate in this process, please contact Kathy Mickan on 8231 4169 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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This year HCA is moving from weekly to fortnightly eNews, with more regular updates on our website and across our social media. If you would like to provide your feedback on the changes we would love to hear your input. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8231 4169. It was an incredibly busy year for HCA in 2018, with the development of new training modules, and a variety of HCA consumer engagement events that provided opportunities for consumers to be informed and have their say on a variety of issues. 2019 is shaping up to be another busy year as we move toward a new way of working as a result of last year's budget announcement that our core funding from SA Health will cease effective 1 July 2019. Stay tuned for further updates on the activities of the HCA team.

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The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, released 11 December 2018, investigates healthcare use in four clinical areas: paediatric and neonatal health, cardiac tests, thyroid investigations and treatments, and gastrointestinal investigations and treatments. It also examines national patterns in medicines use over time for four common groups of medicines: antipsychotics, opioids, antimicrobials and medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A more detailed exploration of these data will be published in 2019.

Find out more here

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Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has developed a 30 minute educational video for volunteers (and managers of volunteers) in the health/community/aged care sectors, due to their role and importance in providing care and information to the Australian community. This video provides an introduction to advance care planning, and the information our ACPA volunteers use to support people in their community with advance care planning.

View the video here 

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If you have asthma, or if you are caring for someone with asthma, be on alert that bushfires may trigger asthma symptoms to flare up. Symptoms may occur long after the actual bushfire has subsided, so prepare yourself by reading Asthma Australia's factsheet on asthma and bushfires. Find out more here

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HCA calls upon health consumers in South Australia, as well as health consumer organisations, to help us have a stronger voice to inform our advocacy. We encourage you to become members of HCA. Your membership will help strengthen the influence of consumers in South Australia and nationally. It will also ensure that our unique and diverse perspectives continue to shape health policy, planning, research, service delivery and evaluation.

Individual members can sign up here.
Organisational members can sign up here.

The membership fee is small but your support via membership is priceless.

At Monday’s AGM we hosted four guest speakers, who presented on the importance of partnering with consumers for best practice health care.
Steve Wesselingh from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), spoke from the researcher’s perspective on consumer involvement in research.
Allison Willis from HCA spoke from the HCA perspective about our current partnership with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).
Grant Phelps from Central Adelaide Local Health Network spoke from the perspective of the Local Health Network, and the current partnership with HCA.
Lily Griffin from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) spoke about the WCHN experience of partnering with consumers and how WCHN has implemented their Consumer and Community Engagement Plan and the ongoing partnership with HCA.

Julia Overton indicated the presentations reflected best practice partnerships and the benefits of consumer involvement. We thank all our guest speakers and everyone who attended.

Partnering with consumers

Health Translation SA has announced the successful recipients of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Health Impact Grants. Congratulations to the those that were successful.
You can view the summary of grant recipients and their projects below. 
Health Translation SA is currently considering the process to allocate a further $4 million in MRFF funding over the next two years commencing 1 July 2019. More information will be available in December 2018. You can visit their website here.

MRFF RART Health Impact Grants

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