Three expert working groups including clinicians and consumers from across the state have recommended a range of changes to the way rehabilitation services are delivered to ensure you receive the best care, first time, every time.
The changes mean:
• rehabilitation services will be integrated into major hospitals so that you can begin rehabilitation sooner and get home quicker
• a new statewide referral process will ensure you are directed to the most appropriate rehabilitation setting in a timely manner
• processes, principles and standards will be standardised to ensure you receive consistent quality care, regardless of where you live
• rehabilitation services will be increased, including home rehabilitation, day rehabilitation and tele-rehabilitation
• A Recovery Unit will be established to accommodate people aged under 65 years who do not require intensive inpatient rehabilitation but are not suitable for ambulatory care.
The recommendations have been endorsed by the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group and the Transforming Health Implementation Committee. An implementation working group will be established to undertake detailed implementation planning and lead implementation in the Local Health Networks.
To find out more about the changes, view the Consumer guide, available below or watch the videos below.
Membership of the Transforming Health Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee has been endorsed by the Minister for Health. The Committee is a diverse and energetic group of consumers with experience across mental health, rural health, rehabilitation, veteran health, palliative care, hospitals and critical care, oncology, aged care, carers, LGBTIQ health and multicultural communities. Additional forums will be held with Aboriginal community groups and consumers and communities who want to advise on implementing Transforming Health. The committee includes representation of each of the SA Health Local Health Network Consumer Advocacy Committees.
The Committee is chaired by Michael Cousins, HCA Chief Executive and includes the following members:
The Transforming Health Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee meets monthly and works through a strategic/ action plan to address the issues that were raised at the community workshop. Please refer to our monthly communique to stay up to date with the Peak Committee’s activities.
Over ninety participants joined the Minister for Health, the Acting Chief Transformation Officer, the Health Consumers Alliance Chief Executive and Board Chair, and members of HCA and SA Health staff at a workshop on 7 May 2015, to establish the Peak Consumers and Community Engagement Forum and Strategy.
As the peak body for health consumers and health consumer organisations in South Australia, HCA facilitated the workshop and will chair the Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Forum in Transforming Health.
The committee is an avenue for broad, strategic and representative consumer and community engagement in the Transforming Health Process. Chaired by HCA's Chief Executive Michael Cousins, a key objective is to promote and facilitate the voices of health consumers within decision making.
HCA members, partners and supporters continue to provide valuable input into the questions and suggestions HCA contributes to our Transforming Health activities.
An induction meeting for members of the Peak Consumer and Community Engagement Committee was held on Wednesday 29 July 2015.
The March edition of the RAH Update is now available. It includes a look at ‘Technical Completion’ and what that means. You can view and download the update below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a media statement calling for more responsive community health services which embrace mental health services designed with consumers, not more reviews. You can read the statement here.
The purpose of the colloquium, organised by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Mental Health Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance, was to provide the opportunity for consumers, particularly emerging advocates, to join a day of talking and listening about strengthening the role of the consumer in shaping health care. You can read more about the colloquium on their latest blog post here.
Lynch Syndrome Australia has released Lynch syndrome: Australia’s untold health story, a report that calls for a number of important recommendations to improve diagnosis, risk management and support. It draws on the findings of a world-first study of the lived experience of people with Lynch syndrome and outlines responses from the 251 Australian participants. You can find out more and download the report here.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has achieved Technical Completion, a significant milestone in the delivery of SA’s world-class new hospital. Over the last five years, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has taken shape over the Adelaide CBD skyline and now is your chance to take a first look inside. The virtual tour shows you through a range of key areas including the Emergency Department, patient bedrooms, the main public entrance on level 3 and car parking facilities. the new RAH will set a benchmark for hospitals of the future and continue the long and proud tradition of providing the best possible care for all South Australians. You can view the video here.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Sunday 9 April 2017
1pm – 5pm University of Adelaide
PainAustralia in collaboration with South Australian healthcare consumer organisations is hosting the annual Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. The symposium will bring the issue of pain management to the forefront for health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in South Australia. If you live with pain or have an interest in in this area of medicine, you can find out more and register to attend online here. The full flyer is available below.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training is coming to Nuriootpa this April. HCA provides training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. The free training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. If you would like to participate in Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training to prepare yourself for a consumer advocate role, or as a refresher for established consumer advocates, you can find out more, including details about registration in the flyer attached below.
Saturday 8 April 2017
10am – 2pm
Consumers are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.
Wednesday 3 May 2016
12.30pm – 2.30pm (light lunch at 12pm)
At each meeting of the Consumer Advocates Network, we include a specific topic for discussion or learning. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We welcome your attendance at the May meeting to learn about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record, including:
• an overview of EPAS and My Health Record
• how EPAS and My Health Record relate to each other and records systems
• security and access issues
• managing Advanced Care Directives and end of life decisions.
You can register to attend here.