The Youth Mental Health Consultation Report documents the outcomes of a youth mental health consultation and research project which was undertaken during 2015-16 by Health Consumers AllianceSA (HCA) in collaboration with the Health Economics and Social Policy Group (HESPG) at the University of South Australia.
The aim of the project was to speak with young people about their experiences of mental health care, and hear their perspectives on how pathways to care and service design could be improved. The project highlighted a diverse range of views about the experience of careand focused on participant’ssuggestions and ideas of how services may be better designed and promoted in the future.
HCA and HESPG would like to acknowledge and thank the young people who participated in this project and generously shared their experience. We also thank the many organisations who connected with us to help the young participants to be involved. The full report is available below.
Reducing the gap between research, policy and practice - report available
The latest report from the Reducing the Gap Breakfast Conversation which focused on including consumers’ voices in designing, undertaking and translating research. This interactive event encouraged exchange between researchers, clinicians, policy makers and consumers about their personal and practical challenges experienced in addressing research-policy-practice gaps.
The summary report is available here
Health Consumers Alliance (HCA) Strategic Directions 2012-16 and SA Health Service Agreement 2013-16 identified a need for HCA to develop a processes for the effective engagement of members of vulnerable communities in its representative and consultative functions. In response to this need HCA has undertaken a research project ‘A Framework of Engagement Practice with Vulnerable South Australian Communities’. The findings are outlined in the report, available below.
SA Mental Health Commission HCA Forum - report available
Stephen Christley, the interim Mental Health Commissioner was the key speaker at this forum and provided an overview of the Commission's role and opportunities before it. Michael Cousins, HCA Chief Executive led an interactive session of questions, suggestions and advice from the participants. We had over 50 people attending; representing consumer, carer, government, non-government, service delivery, clinical and research sectors.
A copy of the summary report on the forum is available here
In 2015, staff from the University of South Australia and Health Consumers Alliance started talking with young people (12-25) about their experiences of using mental health services in South Australia. The goal was to make recommendations on how to build a mental health system that was better suited to the needs of young people. as the project is finishing up read what we have learnt so far.
HCA is working with the Women’s and Children’s Health Network to develop an innovative and evidence-based Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy for the Network. This will be a strategy and plan that contains many quality improvement activities to encourage consumers and community representatives to participate in decision making.
A wide range of research indicates that involving consumers in their own care, as well as in the design of services, results in improved health outcomes.
The project has been guided by a Project Advisory Group (PAG) which includes consumers, community members, WCHN staff and project leaders. There is also a Project Management Group (PMG) consisting of HCA and WCHN staff to complete the detailed work of developing the Strategy. The Project Sponsor is Adjunct Associate Professor Naomi Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer of the WCHN. Dr Anne Johnson, well known to many HCA members, is a consultant to the project and working alongside Michael and myself within the HCA team.
Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below.
Beginning soon as a national trial in Australia, the Collaborative Pairs Australia program is bringing together health providers and consumers to develop their teamwork skills, to lead change and improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will deliver leadership training to participants who enrol as consumer-clinician pairs in four regions, and support them to implement localised health service improvement and innovation projects. HCA Board Chair Deb Kay is one of the program facilitators. Deb is optimistic about the potential of this project to build the capacity and expertise of consumers and health professionals to work in genuine partnership. You can find more information on the program and Deb’s participation here.
At the HCA Board meeting on 5 February 2018, members discussed a range of topics, including changes to Board membership, progress in recruiting a new HCA Chief Executive, and the HCA 2018 Election Platform. You can read the Board Update here.
Last Tuesday we hosted our first Consumer Advocates Network (CAN) meeting for 2018. At each meeting of the CAN, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the February meeting was the SA Translation Centre, with guest speaker Jenni Carr. All members of the CAN network have completed our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training course. You can find out more about the training and scheduled training dates for 2018 here.
The SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee was established in June 2017 to provide oversight and guidance to SA Health in implementing the six recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report. Following each meeting, a communique summarising the activities of the committee is published. The February 2018 communique has been published and is available to view here. You can view all available communiques here.
Thursday 1 March 2018
9.30am – 1.30pm
The Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is hosting an Inspiration for Innovation Symposium at the Thebarton Community Centre, with the aim to encourage community members to join their Health Priority Network. The Network provides a platform to share ideas and work together to improve a person’s primary health care journey. The symposium will explore opportunities for improving:
• health promotion and health literacy
• mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and physical
• equity and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
You can find out more and register to attend here.
Wednesday 4 April 2018
5.30pm – 7.00pm
The Australian Institute of Project Management is hosting an event on health project management, the first event in a series. Registered participants will explore the challenges in project management in health. Guest Speaker Professor Judith Dwyer, Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at the Flinders University School of Medicine, will present ideas formed in the course of her working life in healthcare management. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their perspectives and stories following the presentation. You can view the event flyer to find out more below.
Tuesday 6 March 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 26 February 2018
5pm – 6.30pm
North Adelaide Community Centre
The National Disability Insurance Agency is running an information session to help people with disability, their families, and carers to:
gain information about accessing the NDIS
understand what may be included in an NDIS plan
prepare for their first planning conversation.
This session is for people who seek access to the NDIS or who already have gained eligibility for the NDIS. You can find out more and register here.
Thursday 22 March 2018
The Northern Health Network invites you to join them for a celebration of Indigenous culture at Closing the Gap Day, to be held at the Adelaide Showground. The day is a free all-ages event which aims to bring together people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. You can find out more and register here.