Closes: Friday, 7 October 2016
The MBS Review Clinical Committee reports and the First Report of the MBS Principles and Rules Committee have been released for public consultation. This is an opportunity for the Australian public, including health professionals, to have their say about the recommendations proposed by the Clinical Committees. Prior to these recommendations being made to Government. You can view the reports and provide your feedback here.
Closes: Friday 21 July 2017
The MBS Review Taskforce has released six reports for public consultation. These reports cover:
• Renal medicine
• Spinal surgery
• Dermatology, allergy and immunology
• Diagnostic imaging of the knee (third report)
• Diagnostic imaging – Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (fourth report)
• Urgent after-hours (preliminary report)
The consultation will be conducted through online surveys for each report.
Further details about the consultation process; copies of the reports, their factsheets and summaries for consumers; and access to the online surveys are all available here.
In April 2015 the Australian Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, announced the formation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.
The taskforce will review MBS in its entirety, considering individual items as well as the rules and legislation governing their application, with the overarching goal of promoting the provision of the best patient outcomes for our health expenditure.
A key part of this approach will be ensuring that MBS items are evidence based, fit for purpose and reflect contemporary medical practice.
HCA and consumer advocates attended a related Consumers Health Forum of Australia workshop in October to provide advice and related experiences about the MBS and the purpose of the review. Further updates and advice about future workshops will be provided through our Enews.
See Professor Bruce Robinson (Chair, MBS Review Taskforce) presentation on the MBS Review below.
The Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (THCCEC) Activities Report is now available. HCA would like to thank all the consumers and community members who volunteered their time and provided their wisdom to the Committee, which had its final meeting in September 2017. The report summarises the activities of the committee and the experiences of the consumer and community members as well as those of SA Health representatives who attended the meetings. Recommendations regarding future engagement in health strategy and policy are also included. You can view the report below.
HCA hosted a forum on Power Dependency on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The forum had two key objectives, to review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and associated messaging to inform the development of a Communications Plan, and support processes for potentially vulnerable people and their carers/families; and to identify what consumers should do to prepare for and manage an outage. The report summarising the key findings arising from the forum is available below.
HCA hosted a forum on consumer experience of SA Health funded services on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The forum objective was for participants to establish an approach across SA Health that ensures community-based services funded through SA Health have a consumer-centred care focus. The report outlining the main themes to emerge from the forum is now available for download below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) have released a media statement in response to a new report showing that public patients wait twice as long for elective surgery as private patients do in public hospitals. You can read the full statement here.
HCA is pleased to publish this Directory of advocacy / complaints services. It provides a summary of advocacy / complaints services that can assist individuals and families who wish to provide feedback or make a complaint about health, aged care or disability services. The role of each service and the degree of individual advocacy it provides is summarised, and contact details are listed. You can access the directory here.
Friday 16 February 2018
Netfest is South Australia's largest professional development and networking event for non-government youth sector workers. The day-long event brings together over a hundred dedicated youth sector workers, stakeholders and supporters from across the state to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice. Netfest includes both formal and informal networking, a keynote presentation, professional development session and an open forum. You can find out more and register here.
Are you thinking about becoming a consumer advocate or would you like to refresh your knowledge?
Our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session will give you information on the role, challenges and benefits of being a consumer advocate.
The sessions are interactive and based on adult-learning principles. Participants receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.
For more information see attached flyer
The upcoming training date is: