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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.

Latest news

THCCEC Activities Report finalised

The Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (THCCEC) Activities Report is now available. HCA would like to thank all the consumers and community members who volunteered their time and provided their wisdom to the Committee, which had its final meeting in September 2017. The report summarises the activities of the committee and the experiences of the consumer and community members as well as those of SA Health representatives who attended the meetings. Recommendations regarding future engagement in health strategy and policy are also included. You can view the report below. 

TH CCEC Activities Report

Power Dependency Forum Report

HCA hosted a forum on Power Dependency on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The forum had two key objectives, to review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and associated messaging to inform the development of a Communications Plan, and support processes for potentially vulnerable people and their carers/families; and to identify what consumers should do to prepare for and manage an outage. The report summarising the key findings arising from the forum is available below.

Power Dependency Forum Report

Consumer experience of SA Health funded services report

HCA hosted a forum on consumer experience of SA Health funded services on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The forum objective was for participants to establish an approach across SA Health that ensures community-based services funded through SA Health have a consumer-centred care focus. The report outlining the main themes to emerge from the forum is now available for download below.

Consumer Experience Forum Report

CHF: Growth of private care in public hospitals raises equity questions

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) have released a media statement in response to a new report showing that public patients wait twice as long for elective surgery as private patients do in public hospitals. You can read the full statement here.

Directory of advocacy / complaints services

HCA is pleased to publish this Directory of advocacy / complaints services. It provides a summary of advocacy / complaints services that can assist individuals and families who wish to provide feedback or make a complaint about health, aged care or disability services. The role of each service and the degree of individual advocacy it provides is summarised, and contact details are listed. You can access the directory here.

 


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Events

Netfest 2018

Friday 16 February 2018

Netfest is South Australia's largest professional development and networking event for non-government youth sector workers. The day-long event brings together over a hundred dedicated youth sector workers, stakeholders and supporters from across the state to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice. Netfest includes both formal and informal networking, a keynote presentation, professional development session and an open forum. You can find out more and register here.

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training

Are you thinking about becoming a consumer advocate or would you like to refresh your knowledge?

Our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session will give you information on the role, challenges and benefits of being a consumer advocate.

The sessions are interactive and based on adult-learning principles. Participants receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.

For more information see attached flyer

The upcoming training date is:

  • Monday 5 February 2018
  • Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Friday 22 June 2018
  • Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018

The training is held at the HCA offices at Level 1/12 Pirie Street Adelaide. You can register to attend online here. 

Consumer Advocacy Training Flyer


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