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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

HCA has now completed its work creating a set of guidelines for the participation of consumers in health in South Australia.

The task of consulting with a diverse range of consumers and groups has now been completed with the release of the 12 guidelines which HCA believes should be in place for any consumer and community participation in health in South Australia.

Comments on a background discussion paper prepared by HCA were gathered and collated following a series of forums with consumers and consumer organisations held during February 2008. A set of draft guidelines was then developed for consideration by representatives from specific disadvantaged population groups including the youth, aboriginal and homeless sectors. This second consultation process provided especially valuable insight into both the content of the guidelines and helped create the format in which they are now presented. Consumers were clear that the guidelines needed to written very simply. They needed to be brief, easy to refer to and able to be presented on a single page. The possibility now exists for these guidelines to be visually adapted for specific groups and translated into different languages where desirable.

Consumers and consumer groups are welcome to use the guidelines as required.

  • Participation means the right to be involved in decision making processes. South Australians want a variety of opportunities to participate in health which go beyond surveys or the consumer representative approach.
  • Consumers are individuals, groups or communities who may receive health care services. Carers have a special role in participating in the health care of others and may have special needs themselves.
  • Consumers expect their voice to be listened to and their views respected. When this happens consumers will see actions and changes as a result of their participation.
  • Consumer input into any health decisions, large or small, should be automatic.
  • Encouragement and recognition of consumer participants is vital. For this to happen participants require clear and honest communication.
  • Participation activities need to be reviewed to assess if they are effective.
  • The costs of participation need to be funded. Consumers need payment for the time and costs when participating on Government committees.
  • Consumers want a broad definition of health. Health is about wellbeing not just illness, it is about the whole person not just a disease. Healthy environments, access to transport and the dentist are just as essential for good health as hospitals.
  • Health inequality is of real concern to consumers. They understand the links between inequality in society and inequality in health. Disadvantaged groups need to be reached out to encourage their participation.
  • Health care should be easily available for all regardless of where you live, your income, gender, race or age.
  • Health information needs to be plainly written so it can be understood by all.
  • The use of technology should not be a barrier to consumers who want to participate in decision making processes.

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HCA 2018 Election Platform

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below. 

HCA 2018 Election Platform

HCA 2018 Election Platform Background

HCA Board Chair participating in Collaborative Pairs Australia

Beginning soon as a national trial in Australia, the Collaborative Pairs Australia program is bringing together health providers and consumers to develop their teamwork skills, to lead change and improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will deliver leadership training to participants who enrol as consumer-clinician pairs in four regions, and support them to implement localised health service improvement and innovation projects. HCA Board Chair Deb Kay is one of the program facilitators. Deb is optimistic about the potential of this project to build the capacity and expertise of consumers and health professionals to work in genuine partnership. You can find more information on the program and Deb’s participation here.

HCA February 2018 Board Update

At the HCA Board meeting on 5 February 2018, members discussed a range of topics, including changes to Board membership, progress in recruiting a new HCA Chief Executive, and the HCA 2018 Election Platform. You can read the Board Update here.

Consumer Advocates Network Meeting

Last Tuesday we hosted our first Consumer Advocates Network (CAN) meeting for 2018. At each meeting of the CAN, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the February meeting was the SA Translation Centre, with guest speaker Jenni Carr. All members of the CAN network have completed our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training course. You can find out more about the training and scheduled training dates for 2018 here.

Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee: February Communique

The SA Health Oakden Response Plan Oversight Committee was established in June 2017 to provide oversight and guidance to SA Health in implementing the six recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report. Following each meeting, a communique summarising the activities of the committee is published. The February 2018 communique has been published and is available to view here. You can view all available communiques here.


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Events

Inspiration for Innovation Symposium: The Health Priority Network

Thursday 1 March 2018

9.30am – 1.30pm
Torrensville

The Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) is hosting an Inspiration for Innovation Symposium at the Thebarton Community Centre, with the aim to encourage community members to join their Health Priority Network. The Network provides a platform to share ideas and work together to improve a person’s primary health care journey. The symposium will explore opportunities for improving:

• health promotion and health literacy
• mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and physical
health issues
• equity and access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander communities.

You can find out more and register to attend here.

Health Project Management Community of Practice

Wednesday 4 April 2018
5.30pm – 7.00pm
Adelaide

The Australian Institute of Project Management is hosting an event on health project management, the first event in a series. Registered participants will explore the challenges in project management in health. Guest Speaker Professor Judith Dwyer, Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at the Flinders University School of Medicine, will present ideas formed in the course of her working life in healthcare management. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their perspectives and stories following the presentation. You can view the event flyer to find out more below. 

Health Project Management Flyer

Working with people with lived experiences

Tuesday 6 March 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm
Hindmarsh

Participants of the working with people with lived experiences workshop will explore the current and potential role of people with lived experience within their services. It will also employ examples to highlight the complexities and the innovation in practice to help guide future direction in this area. There will be a focus on people with a CALD background. Please email your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8245 8100. More information is available on the flyer below.

Working with people with lived experience

National Disability Insurance Scheme information session

Monday 26 February 2018

5pm – 6.30pm

North Adelaide Community Centre

The National Disability Insurance Agency is running an information session to help people with disability, their families, and carers to:

gain information about accessing the NDIS
understand what may be included in an NDIS plan
prepare for their first planning conversation.

This session is for people who seek access to the NDIS or who already have gained eligibility for the NDIS. You can find out more and register here.

Closing the Gap Day 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018

The Northern Health Network invites you to join them for a celebration of Indigenous culture at Closing the Gap Day, to be held at the Adelaide Showground. The day is a free all-ages event which aims to bring together people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. You can find out more and register here.


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