On 28 February 2018, the Hon Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), released his investigation report on the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility. The report highlights systemic failings in processes and oversight that allowed the events at the Oakden Facility to occur for more than a decade. HCA has prepared a summary of key findings, with a link to the full report, which you can view below. Anyone with concerns about people in care can contact the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, SA Police, or the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner. You can also phone the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.
The final Oakden Response Report is now available. It provides a comprehensive record of the work undertaken by the Oakden Report Response Plan Oversight Committee, on which HCA was a member. The committee was established under recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report It is intended to provide a complete reference point for policy documents and guidelines created in response to the Oakden Report recommendations for use by SA Health staff and staff of partner organisations providing services to older people in South Australia. The document contains details of the work of the Committee and its subcommittees and complete copies of all relevant outputs. You can download the document below.
Closes: Monday 24 July 2017
Expressions of interest are invited from consumers and carers as soon as possible. SA Health has established an oversight committee to inform the implementation of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Review of the Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service recommendations, all of which were accepted by the SA Government. Reporting to this committee there will be up to five work groups established: models of care; staffing; quality and safety; culture and restrictive practices. Consumers and carers with relevant experience in older persons mental health care are invited to submit an expression of interest. The Governance Framework for this work and the expression of interest form is available below. You can find out more about Oakden here.
As previously reported, HCA has joined the SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee. To build transparency and accountability HCA has negotiated the delivery of a regular communique from the Oversight Committee. The communiques are available to view online below.
A review of Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service has delivered a damning report, criticising the quality and nature of care provided and recommending the closure of the service.
The review team made six sets of recommendations covering: models of care; staffing; quality and safety; and restrictive practices.
HCA calls on SA Health to publicly report progress on implementing the review’s recommendations.
All involved must genuinely commit to building a health system that is genuinely consumer-centred and puts the needs of health consumers first.
Ongoing transparency, and accountability, is crucial.
The review report, frequently asked questions and goverment response to the review recommendations are available here.
HCA's media release is available here.
You can hear Michael Cousins live interview on Radio Adelaide here.
In response to the Chief Psychiatrist’s Review of the Oakden Older Person’s Mental Health Service, SA Health has established an oversight committee to inform the implementation of the review recommendations, all of which were accepted by the SA Government. The committee will report to the Chief Executive of SA Health and includes representatives from the Health Consumers Alliance; Aged Rights Advocacy Service; Council of the Ageing SA; Office of the Public Advocate; and the Community Visitor Scheme. The committee will be time-limited. Work groups will be established to address the six recommendations of the review with the priority being the development of the state-wide model of care. The review team made six sets of recommendations covering: models of care; staffing; quality and safety; and restrictive practices. Consumers and carers with relevant experience will be recruited to join each of the work groups.
HCA visited the refurbished Northgate House on the weekend with families of Oakden consumers who will move there in the next few weeks. Families felt the facility to be an improvement with good access to sunlight, secure gardens and quiet zones for consumers.
Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop.
HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available.
HCA will close for the Christmas period, Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019. Next week's eNews will be our last for 2018 and will be a short wrap up of the year.
The first edition of our 2019 eNews will be published on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
There is change ahead for the HCA team in 2019, and we take this opportunity to thank our supporters and members for your continued support throughout 2018.
SA Health has established the SA Health Pelvic Mesh Clinic at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a specialist clinic for women experiencing complications from pelvic mesh. The clinic aims to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care for all South Australian women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants. The clinic brings together experts from various health backgrounds and disciplines to work together as a team to review each patient’s individual case. A GP referral is required to access the clinic. Information for consumers and GPs is available here.
The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line: 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation.
The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.
You can view the report here.
Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.
You can visit the site here.
24 - 27 March 2019
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