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Phone: 08 8231 4169
Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

HCA has experience and expertise in community engagement, consumer centred care, partnering with consumers, training, support and capacity building, health literacy, and health policy development, and an in depth understanding of the health system and health reform in SA.

We offer training, information and support to consumer leaders, consumer advocates and service providers.

Our traing programs will include:  

  • About Health Consumers Alliance of SA - outline of organisation, roles and membership!
  • Consumer Centred Care - An overview of the concept of designing health care on the needs and interests of consumers. We look at the ways planning in health care, eg communication and information, treatment planning, connection with community, engagement activities, room and building environment can be designed to be more inclusive and beneficial for consumers.  
  • Consumer Engagement in Health - In this section we consider the history of consumers becoming active in advocacy movements across areas of health care. This includes discussing the unique knowledge and voice of the consumer and why it is required and adds benefit to health care decision making.
  • Consumers and Consumer Advocacy - We look at the role of consumer advocates in depth here, defining different levels of advocacy (self, individual and systems).  We also consider representation and the different ways advocates and representative engage in health care decision making.
  • State and National Health Reform - In this section we consider the broader policy area of health care, and introduce participants to key areas of health policy impacting on consumers experience of the health setting. We look at health reform and the challenges facing the sector as well as areas such as safety and quality , primary health care, e health, organisation of health services etc.
  • Partnering with Consumers - This section is about the ideals of partnership between consumers and health providers  that are now enshrined in National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. We look at how consumers can become active as partners in their own care as well as in service and policy development, and how this is very beneficial in terms of more consumer centred care as well as safer and higher quality care. Consumer leadership and involvement in accreditation is also discussed. 
  • Learning from Consumer Experience - This is a summary of the consumer feedback and survey processes undertaken at a state wide level by our public health system.  We talk about different tools used such as the Safety Learning System, and the SA Consumer Experience Surveilence Survey and how these are linked to standards and the HCSCC Charter of Rights.  We also highlight some results these systems are identifying. 
  • Consumer participation in practice - In this last section, we look at some of the common processes of meeting involvement and working effectively on committees as consumer advocates. This includes the role of terms of reference, membership and decision making. 
  • Your goals and next steps: how can HCA help?  Summary and reflection -  We finish with a discussion about the various goals and aspirations that participants may have in getting involved and contributing as a consumer advocate.

If you have any questions about the training please contact HCA and speak with the Manager Consumer and Community Engagement .

 

Latest news

Older and Wiser: Putting the Consumer’s Voice at the Centre of Residential Aged Care

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.

Report into the Independent review of chaperones to protect patients

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.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Performance Data

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.

Judy Smith recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

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.

Media Release: Judy Smith

Mental Health Consumer Carer Participation newsletter

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.

Mental Health Consumer Carer Participation newsletter


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Events

St. Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout

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.

KYD-X Kids & Youth Disability Expo.

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. 

Joint ACHSM/ACHS Asia-Pacific Health leadership #2017 congress

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.

Connecting Asthma Care Conference

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.

Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia Carer Support Program schedule

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.

Carer Support Program


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