In April, SA Health commissioned the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care to conduct a review following some patients receiving higher than expected results in their prostate-specific antigen tests. The review has been released and is available below.
A separate review into the governance and management of SA pathology was conducted by former Director General of Health in Western Australia, the full review is available below.
SA Health has accepted all the recommendations detailed in the ACSQHC review and will work with SA Pathology management and staff to implement the recommendations. You can read more on the SA health website here. You can access the what is PSA factsheet below.
A series of reporting and referral errors related to PSA screening occurred over a four month period (8 November 2015 – 1 March 2016). The errors related to tests conducted through the government pathology service, SA Pathology. The PSA screening test is used in the monitoring of prostate health.
This is an important concern for the men affected and their loved ones, and HCA has expressed great concern about the errors to the Minister and SA Health.
HCA is partnering with member organisation, Cancer Voices SA to ensure representation of consumers and the community in the recently announced Independent Review on Prostate Screening Errors. We will be seeking to place the needs and experience of health consumers first in this review, by joining the SA Health Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Steering Committee. This committee will assist and inform the Independent Review Panel which will be led by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The PSA Review Steering Committee objectives are:
1. Timely management of appropriate and relevant care for affected groups of patients
2. Establishing a standard approach to notification of referring medical practitioners, patients, families/carers, health administrators and the public
3. Confirming the lookback methodology and process’s
4. Ensure that communication with and support for, all affected and potentially affected patients, their families and/or carers occurs in a timely manner
5. Ensure that communication with the Minister for Health and Ageing, CE and the public occurs in a consistent and timely manner
6. Provide a reference point and key stakeholder group for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care led Independent Review Panel
7. Develop and maintain an action plan that records decisions and actions taken throughout the lookback process.
All men that have been affected by these errors will be directly contacted by a health practitioner to explain what has happened. If you or a loved one have any concerns about your PSA test or any other pathology test, please consult the medical practitioner who ordered the test for you or contact SA Pathology on 08 8222 300.
You can find more information on PSA and prostate cancer from the following organisations:
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Lab tests online
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.