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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Last week HCA farewelled our Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Ellen Kerrins. Ellen has worked for HCA since 2015, during which time she played a central role in a number of significant areas of work for South Australian consumers. We thank Ellen for her contribution and work to ensure that consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. Ellen's vibrant personality will be missed around our office, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Closes: Monday 22 October 5.00pm
We are calling for nominations for the HCA Board of Directors. Nominations are sought in accordance with the HCA Constitution, a copy of which is available here.
Five director vacancies exist: three ordinary directors, and the positions of chair, and deputy chair. You may select to nominate for more than one position. Directors are appointed for two years. Meetings are held bi-monthly, currently scheduled on Mondays 4-6pm at HCA.
You can download a nomination form here.
Please note: Information provided by candidates will be used in the Board election papers sent to members prior to the AGM.
Note: You must be a financial member to nominate and be nominated, information about membership here
HCA in collaboration with the Nation's state’/territory peak health consumer organisations have released a joint media statement in response to the Government’s response to the Senate inquiry into trans vaginal mesh and Minister Greg Hunts apology to women affected by trans vaginal mesh implants. You can view the release below.
Drop the Jargon day will be held next Tuesday 23 October. It is a day to encourage professionals in Australian health, community services and local government to use plain language. When we use jargon, technical terms or acronyms, it is hard for people with low health literacy to understand and use information. Professionals can pledge and take part in activities at their workplace, to make it easier for people with low health literacy to get better information and outcomes from the services they use. You can find out more here.
The EveryAGE Counts campaign and strategy is guided by a large body of existing evidence about the extent and impacts of ageism, as well as research commissioned into the attitudinal and behavioural drivers behind ageism, and effective ways to address these. Ageism is not benign or harmless. It is a big problem because it impacts on confidence, quality of life, job prospects, health, and control over life decisions. As a community, we can positively change thinking about ageing,
re-imagine getting older and set the foundations for current and future generations to age well. You can find out more about how you can make a difference here.
Thursday 6 December 2018
9.00am – 1.00pm
Level 1/12 Pirie Street Adelaide
HCA is hosting a free workshop for health consumer or carer representatives, or advocates with an interest in learning about conflicts of interest in health care.
The workshop will be run by two internationally respected academics with expertise in this area, Professor Lisa Bero from the University of Sydney, and Dr Ray Moynihan, from Bond University.
The following will be covered (using plain English):
- Introduction to the scientific evidence about how sponsorship from drug companies and other industry groups affects medical education and research
- Introduction to accessible databases that can be searched to find out more about drug company payments to doctors and patient groups
This will be followed by a facilitated discussion about conflicts of interest.
Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will be evaluated and information relating to this will be sent via email to participants in the week prior to the workshop.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) Close Thursday 22 November 2018.
You can register your EOI here.
Tuesday 6 November 2018
2.00 – 5.00pm
SA Health is seeking 20 consumers to attend their Health Strategy 2019 – 2023 workshop. The Health Strategy will specifically focus on South Australia’s health priorities for the next five years, but also look to adopt a longer term perspective to 2030.
The objective of this workshop is to seek your views on:
• How can future advances in health care delivery be utilised to help to address health system challenges?
• New directions in the culture of care - what alternative care / treatment options are available based on the needs of the patient?
The workshop will close at 5:00pm followed by an opportunity for networking along with light refreshments. Registrations are essential.
You can view the workshop flyer for more information below.
You can register to attend here.
Wednesday 21 November 2018
6.00pm – 7.00pm
This event hosted by SAMESH will follow via film clip the lives of three local people living with HIV, as they navigate the changes to HIV treatment, prevention, and the law. The clips will be followed by a panel discussion with those featured, to discuss what it means to be a person living with HIV in 2018, and why it is more important than ever that HIV positive people are central to the HIV response. You can find out more and register here.
Friday 16 November
8.30am – 5.00pm
The First People's Disability Network Australia is hosting a workshop on building the Aboriginal Disability Services sector. The session will cover a wide range of topics focused on challenges and opportunities in building this service sector, and promoting job opportunities amongst the sector. This workshop is targeted to Aboriginal disability service providers, and Aboriginal people interested in employment opportunities and being a provider in the disability service sector. You can find out more and register here.
Sunday 28 – Tuesday 30 October 2018
Leading Age Services Australia’s (LASA) National Congress 2018 will lead the conversation on ageing transformed and the dawn of a new era in aged care. The congress is the largest aged services industry event in the Asia Pacific. There will be a series of interactive discussions which aim to shine that ‘first light’ on the ageing transformed terrain of new era thinking, and practices and models of aged services for the next generation and beyond. You can find out more and register here.