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.
Researchers at the Institute for Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University have released their report ‘Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care’. The report summarises the results found in a study to explore the impact of Consumer Directed Care on six aged care facilities in Melbourne. The report highlights what more needs to be done to support these changes to aged care services in Australia. You can download and view the report here.
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have released the report ‘Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia’’ and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. You can find out more and view the report here.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) releases quarterly performance reports for each state and territory. These reports provide information for the public on the activities and performance of AHPRA and the National Boards in each state and territory. It covers their main areas of activity – managing registration, managing notifications and offences against the National Law, and monitoring health practitioners and students with restrictions on their registration. You can view the reports for each state and territory and find out more here.
HCA member and consumer advocate Judy Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, by being admitted as Member of the Order of Australia. Judy has over 50 years experience in health, commencing her career as a nurse and more recently working as a consumer advocate. Judy is an active consumer advocate and HCA member and currently works part time as a Consumer Liaison Officer at the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS). We congratulate Judy on this recognition of many years of work in community health. You can read more about Judy below.
The first issue of the Country Health SA Mental Health Services Newsletter has been released. Its aim is to share information with consumers and carers that have accessed or are familiar with Country Health SA Mental Health Services. It will also provide information to people in the community who have an interest in rural mental health matters. You can view and download the newsletter below.
Saturday 29 June 2017
Each year on a cold winter’s night in June, a group of like-minded CEOs, senior managers and leaders from all sectors come together to raise funds and awareness on the reality of homelessness in Australia. This year in South Australia, the sleep out will be held on the grounds of Government House and joined by the host for the evening’s proceedings, Kate Ceberano. You don't need to be a CEO to get involved. You can find out more, register and donate here.
Saturday 14 October 2017
The kids and youth disability expo, hosted by KYD-X, is focused on the services and products available for people under 25 with a disability. It aims to inform individuals, families and carers about equipment, therapies and treatments available to them, helping them to maximise the use of their NDIS funding. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 – September 2017
The Annual Australasian college of Health Service Management (ACHSM) in partnership with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) will host the 2017 Health Leadership conference. The conference will bring together renowned thought-leaders from within and outside the healthcare system, with the central theme of, the winds of Change-adjust your sails’. You can find out more and register here.
Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017
The 2017 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The conference theme, ‘Connecting Asthma Care’, highlights the importance of collaborative care models as critical in ensuring a patient’s interaction with the health system is linked between different levels of care, enabling appropriate case management and systematic follow up. You can find out more and register to attend here.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia has released its Carer Support Program schedule for the second half of 2017. The program offers different peer educated programs for people who are experiencing mental illness, and for their family and friends. All facilitators have lived experience, either as a carer, or as a person living with a mental illness. You can view the flyer below which outlines more information about the programs and dates. You can book a place online through the MIFSA website here or by phoning 8378 4100.