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 are reviewing the way we use social media and how to make sure you get the most out of the information we share and so we can gather your feedback and opinions. We want to know what you want to see on our social media and what engages you the most. Social media is a great way to inform and engage with the community and we think we could be using it better! We would really appreciate your feedback.
Please complete our one minute survey here to help us improve our social media engagement.
The March HCASA Board meeting recently confirmed our capacity to continue our work well into 2020. HCASA is here to stay. We had expected to call a Special General Meeting at about this time to ask our members to consider the organisation’s future. After careful consideration of our financial position, our capacity and the importance of our work we are instead scheduling the launch of our new business prospectus. This is planned for Monday 17 June, Save the date.
You will have read in eNews that we have moved our offices upstairs from level 1 to 3 at 12 Pirie Street. Our team continues to do an amazing job building a viable and sustainable business future. You’ll hear more about this on/after 17 June. We would not have been able to consider such an optimistic future without the pragmatic and moral support of our members, partners and supporters. Thank you.
We encourage organisations and individuals who believe in our vision of ‘consumers at the centre of health’ to make sure they have current membership of HCASA. As you know, we are a state-wide, member-based incorporated association with no political affiliations. We provide the information, training and services people, services and policy makers need to ensure consumers have a powerful influence on the health services that they pay for, use and expect to support the health and wellbeing of all South Australians. This work must and will continue.
Debra Kay PSM
Board Chair HCASA
On behalf of the HCASA Board and Staff Team
There have been some changes at the Health and Community Service Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). On 18 March 2019, South Australia implemented the Code of Conduct for Certain Health Care Workers which replaced the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners. This change aligns South Australia with the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers approved by the COAG Health Council. Unregistered health care workers who do not fall within the jurisdiction of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will have to comply with the code and display certain information where they practise.
The code establishes:
• A range of minimum standards for unregistered health care workers.
• Additional powers to the HCSCC if an unregistered health care worker is found to have breached the Code.
Law changes also came into effect that allow the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner to:
• Adopt prohibition orders imposed on individuals from across Australia.
• Investigate individual volunteers providing a health service.
• Restrict people who are subject to a prohibition order from advertising and promoting themselves as a health service.
• Issue a public statement to identify a person or warn the public when interim action has been taken.
You’ll also notice that the HCSCC has a new website, which the Health Consumer’s Alliance was consulted on. The new website is easier to navigate, provides clearer information and is consumer tested. Go check it out!
Cancer Voices SA - Raising a Voice for People Affected by Cancer Annual Report 2018.
In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:
One of the changes of not having a core funding base is that we will now be charging for our training, including consumer training. Fees will be kept as low as possible, and opportunities for subsidised training will be made available to consumers who do not have the capacity to pay.
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The Bleeding Edge Screening
When: Wednesday 1 May 2019 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
HCA are proud to host a screening of the award winning documentary, The Bleeding Edge.
The film looks at the $400 billion medical device industry and the profit-driven mind-set that rushes implanted devices into the marketplace without proper clinical trials. The screening will be followed by a panel and question and answer session. Afternoon tea will also be provided.
You can register for the event here.
Thursday 30 May 2019
The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April.
Find out more and register here.
Wednesday 30 January 2019
10am – 12pm
HCA is hosting a focus group for the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). The focus group aims to gain consumer feedback on their current website to ensure it is user-friendly.
You can find out more and register here.
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Thursday 30 May 2019
The annual 2019 Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policymakers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the choosing wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April. You can find out more about the meeting and the Choosing Wisely initiative here.