Last week the minister for Aging launched a free publication designed to help protect the rights of older South Australians. It contains a range of information designed to assist older South Australians to understand their rights and make informed decisions confidently at critical life points as they age. It includes information about housing, services, consumer and employment rights, financial matters, planning ahead, family and health, legal rights, security and safety and volunteering. You can view a copy of the publication below or you can call the Legal Services Commission on 1300 366 424.
A National approach to Health Literacy
In 2013 the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care developed a draft discussion paper on health literacy, and held a consultation process to help refine the paper and identify future action in this area. The Commission received over 100 submissions to the consultation process and overall, the submissions strongly supported the Commission undertaking work to address health literacy. There was a call for a collaborative and multi-sectoral approach to health literacy, supported and informed by consumer partnerships. The Commission is in the process of revising the paper to reflect the suggestions included in submissions, and a final version of the paper is expected to be released in August 2014. Information on the Commission’s work on health literacy including a report describing the findings of the consultation process can be found at:http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work
A ‘Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness’ has been created by a consortium of experts in mental health care, including Helping Minds, Mind Australia, Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia), Mental Health Australia and Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia. The main aim of the guide is to provide practical assistance for providers to work with carers in a meaningful, mutually beneficial way. A partnership approach has been adopted with the aim to enhance outcomes for consumers
The March edition of the RAH Update is now available. It includes a look at ‘Technical Completion’ and what that means. You can view and download the update below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a media statement calling for more responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. You can read the statement here.
The purpose of the colloquium, organised by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Mental Health Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance, was to provide the opportunity for consumers, particularly emerging advocates, to join a day of talking and listening about strengthening the role of the consumer in shaping health care. You can read more about the colloquium on their latest blog post here.
Lynch Syndrome Australia has released Lynch syndrome: Australia’s untold health story, a report that calls for a number of important recommendations to improve diagnosis, risk management and support. It draws on the findings of a world-first study of the lived experience of people with Lynch syndrome and outlines responses from the 251 Australian participants. You can find out more and download the report here.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has achieved Technical Completion, a significant milestone in the delivery of SA’s world-class new hospital. Over the last five years, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has taken shape over the Adelaide CBD skyline and now is your chance to take a first look inside. The virtual tour shows you through a range of key areas including the Emergency Department, patient bedrooms, the main public entrance on level 3 and car parking facilities. the new RAH will set a benchmark for hospitals of the future and continue the long and proud tradition of providing the best possible care for all South Australians. You can view the video here.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Sunday 9 April 2017
1pm – 5pm University of Adelaide
PainAustralia in collaboration with South Australian healthcare consumer organisations is hosting the annual Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. The symposium will bring the issue of pain management to the forefront for health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in South Australia. If you live with pain or have an interest in in this area of medicine, you can find out more and register to attend online here. The full flyer is available below.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training is coming to Nuriootpa this April. HCA provides training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. The free training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. If you would like to participate in Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training to prepare yourself for a consumer advocate role, or as a refresher for established consumer advocates, you can find out more, including details about registration in the flyer attached below.
Saturday 8 April 2017
10am – 2pm
Consumers are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 3 May 2016
12.30pm – 2.30pm (light lunch at 12pm)
At each meeting of the Consumer Advocates Network, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We welcome your attendance at the May meeting to learn about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record, including:
• an overview of EPAS and My Health Record
• how EPAS and My Health Record relate to each other and records systems
• security and access issues
• managing Advanced Care Directives and end of life decisions.
You can register to attend here.