The Australian Government is making changes to Medicare-funded urogynaecological services relating to pelvic organ prolapse repair, based on advice from the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce. You can view the factsheet below.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has released a statement for General Practitioners outlining the impact of the senate enquiry on future treatment options. It outlines recommendations on how to treat women who have had mesh inserted and are exhibiting adverse symptoms, and information about treatment of women who experience pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. You can read the article here.
The Senate Report on The number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters was released on 28 March 2018, and can be found here.
Australia’s state and territory based health consumer organisations have welcomed the recognition of the extent and impact of harm to women, and the recommendations contained in the Senate report. But they say they hoped the report had gone further. You can view their press release below.
A joint media release by Pelvic Mesh Support Groups across Australia is also available below.
Consumers Health Forum of Australia has also issued the media release below, in response to the Senate Report.
HCA is working with consumers, specialists and SA Health to develop a model of care for South Australian women, to support women who have been injured through the use of vaginal mesh.
You can find further information on the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care website here.
On 28 November 2017, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advised of the decision to remove transvaginal mesh products which have the sole use as the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The TGA website provides detail of this decision here.
Health Consumer Councils across Australia, including HCA have released a joint media statement in response to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) action on mesh. As the state/territory peak health consumer organisations, we have added our voices to those of women across Australia, calling for the banning of mesh. You can read the full media release below.Health Consumer Councils across Australia have released a joint media statement in response to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) action on mesh. As the state/territory peak health consumer organisations we have added our voices to those of mesh-damaged women across Australia calling for the banning of mesh. We congratulate these women on the impact of their strong lobbying with the historic decision by the TGA to remove some mesh products (POP mesh and mini-slings) from their register of approved devices. This move has been celebrated by mesh-damaged women around the world. You can read the full media statement below.
HCA is seeking input from health consumers and professionals across South Australia about establishing an individual advocacy service. To gather your input you can complete one of two surveys. The first survey will provide us with short overview of your opinion on whether an individual advocacy program would be helpful for South Australian health consumers. The second survey will provide a more in-depth overview of your opinion on whether an individual advocacy program would be helpful for South Australian health consumers.
You can find out more about the project below.
You can take the short (5 minute) survey here.
You can take the longer (10-15 minute) survey here.
HCA, in partnership with Adelaide Primary Health Network and SA Health, held Advance Care Directives: A matter of love, rights and self-determination, on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The forum was recorded and is available to view
On Thursday 3 May 2018, Kathy Mickan, HCA’s Manager for Consumer Engagement, attended the SA Ambulance Service Community Advisory Committee (SAAS CAC). The meeting was held at the new Medstar facility where Kathy had an opportunity to take a tour and learn more about their service. The service employs a range of doctors, nurses, paramedics and pilots, and treats and transports patients from across SA including babies weighing as little as 700 grams. They have a team that specialises in babies, children and young people, and a team that specialises in search and rescue. The membership of the SAAS CAC includes representatives from the Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse, disability and ageing sectors. It was great to observe discussions on their ideas to improve accessibility. You can find out more about Medstar here.
The Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data was released last week. It contains information about how consumer information may be used in research, planning and service delivery. Importantly health insurers and commercial applications have been denied access. Consumers will be able to control how their information is used. You can access the Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data here.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has announced that Consumers can opt out of My Health Record from 16 July 2018 until 15 October 2018. A month after that, every Australian who has not opted out will have a record created for them. This is an important decision for consumers who need to carefully consider the benefits of having a digital health record. We are working to provide up-to-date consumer information on our website and will provide the page link in our eNews once it is available. You can find out more about My Health Record here.
You can view Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s Media release here.
HCA would like to thank everyone who attended the Advance Care Directives Forum, held on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The forum report is available here and a video recording will be available in the coming weeks.
Tuesday 29 May 2018
2.00pm – 4.00pm
HCA is hosting a consumer forum as part of the consultation process in the development of the State Public Health Plan 2019 – 2024.
Prof. Paddy Phillips, Chief Medical Officer / Chief Public Health Officer will outline the draft framework, providing an opportunity for consumers to learn more about the draft Plan and the role of public health.
You will have the opportunity to share your views about what a healthier South Australia looks like to you. Your input will help shape the development of the second State Public Health Plan which will set the direction for public health and wellbeing in South Australia over the next five years.
The draft State Public Health Plan 2019 – 2024 is available for download here.
You can find out more about other avenues to provide feedback here.
You can register to attend here.
You can view the even program below
Public Health Forum Program
*afternoon tea will be provided.
Wednesday 13 June 2018
10.00am - 11.30am
We invite you to join the HCA team in June for a casual meet and greet over morning tea. You will have the opportunity to meet our new Chief Executive, Ms Julia Overton, and our three new team members, Allison Willis (NALHN Consumer Engagement Officer), Ellie Hodges (CALHN Consumer Engagement Officer), and Bernadette Barrett (on student placement). You can also talk with the HCA team members and find out more about our current projects. Please register to attend here.
Monday 21 – Sunday 27 May 2018
Next week is National Volunteers Week. It is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of volunteers across our nation. This years’ theme, 'give a little, change a lot' represents the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little time. The annual National Volunteer Week Parade will be held in Adelaide on Monday 21 May 2018. You can find out more and register here.
Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 August 2018
Early bird registrations are open for the Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference. The Conference aims to provide a platform for debate that challenges present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and current mental health systems across Australia and New Zealand. There will be presentations from both public and private sectors of the mental health community. The theme of the conference promotes collaborative research, practice, policy-making and education. You can view the conference brochure here and register to attend here.
Thursday 14 June 2018
COTA SA, Adelaide
As part of Men's Health Week, you can join COTA SA, browse information stalls, book in for a health check with UniSA, and hear a host of fantastic speakers on managing men's health. There are also presentations on Men's Sheds and Staying Strong. You can find the event program, flier, and registration details here.