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.
HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:
Has the biggest overhaul in the history of South Australia's health system worked? In the first of a two-part series on Transforming Health, InDaily explores what SA Health has to show for it. The opening of the new RAH and the closure of Repatriation General Hospital will conclude the service moves and Transforming Health will officially end. The ongoing review and improvement of models of care will continue to ensure that services remain contemporary. See the full article here.
HCA is pleased to release our new brochure, designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. You can view and order the HCA brochure here.
The SA health strategic action plan with carers 2016-2020 has been released. The action plan is designed to examine key issues and identify priorities relevant to partnering with carers and the community. You can view the document here.
Monday 10pm on 101.5 Radio Adelaide
The mental health show is all about demystifying mental health. During the show issues are discussed, concerns are raised and solutions are offered. Each week an expert from the field is invited to the show, to discuss the latest research details about their area of expertise. Inspirational stories will be shared with the aim that struggling listeners may feel hopeful. You can find out more and listen to past episodes here.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
1pm – 4pm
Consultation is open for the draft updated National Palliative Care Strategy. Face to face feedback is invited during a workshop to be held at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can view the draft strategy here. Online feedback is also invited through an online survey, you can take the survey here. Find out more and register here.
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 2017
This year’s Balance Awareness Week campaign aims to open the discussion and raise awareness of the issues and challenges people experience with balance and other related disorders, and how they have overcome them. The campaign called ‘Do your best flamingo… share your story’, invites those with lived experience to share their stories about how they rebalanced their lives after being diagnosed with one of these disorders. You can find out more and share your story online here.
Friday 8 September 2017
The Frailty & Healthy Ageing Research Showcase will present the latest research taking place in frailty and healthy ageing. Participants will have a chance to find out about the latest technological advances, and will be given critical insights across a full range of research. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. You can find out more and register here.
Friday 22 September 2017: Melbourne
The Alfred Health General Medicine Unit and The Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety invites registrations to their forum: Healthcare in a person-centred era: communicating to improve outcomes. Join a group of transformational speakers, facilitators and local consumers, to discuss the impact, evidence, strategies and practicalities of providing person-centred care. You can find out more and register here.
Want to find out more about the new RAH? Join a community information session in your local area and learn about the new state-of-the-art hospital and how the move is going to work. Midday and evening sessions will be held at each location. Find out more and register here.