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
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.