Wednesday 15 February 2017

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               HCA News 
Enrolments extended for the Professional Certificate in Health Consumer Engagement
The South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) deadline for enrolment in the Professional Certificate in Health Consumer Engagement has been extended. This Professional Certificate has resulted from collaboration between the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, and Health Consumers Alliance SA. It provides a rare opportunity to learn about health consumer engagement, and making research relevant to consumer evidence and implementation. You can find out more about the course content here.
'Health Consumers': An online support community for Health Consumers
Health Consumers is a support group on Facebook for members of the general public who use, or are potential users, of health services, including their family and carers. This group is specific to consumers of healthcare. Members are encouraged to share their experiences with the healthcare system, and events and information that may be of interest to other health consumers. You can join the group here.
Introduction to Consumer Advocate Training 
Wednesday 8 March 2017
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. The training dates for the first half of 2017 have been announced -  the first training session will be held on Wednesday 8 March 2017. You can find out more and register here.
               Consumer Opportunities 
EnRICH Trial Advisory Panel
Closes: 5pm on Wednesday 15 February 2017
ECH is conducting a pilot study of a complex model of integrated case management and expanded service delivery, with the aim of providing a community-based alternative to residential aged care. The Advisory Panel will support the academic rigour of the pilot, and ensure appropriate governance. Commencing in February, the committee will run for approximately 12 months. Meetings will be held bimonthly, and successful applicants will be reimbursed for their time. You can find out more here.
SAHMRI Consumer and Community Engagement Committee 
Closes: Tuesday 20 February 2017
HCA and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from consumers who would like to join the existing SAHMRI Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee. The framework for this committee along with the EOI are available for download here.
Accreditation Systems Review Consultation Forum
Closes: Wednesday 22 February 2017
HCA is seeking a consumer representative to attend the Accreditation Systems Review Consultation Forum. The forum will pose key questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of the existing systems for the delivery of accreditation functions. The forum will be held on Monday 6 March 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. You can find out more and download the EOI here.
National survey of carers of people with heart failure
Closes: Tuesday 28 February
Carers Australia and Heart Support-Australia are partnering with carer organisations in Canada, the UK and United States to better understand the impact of caring for somebody with heart failure on friend and family carers. The results from this study will assist to better target support services for carers. Feedback is sought through a short 10 minute online survey. You can find out more and complete the survey here.
Revised Code of conduct for nurses and revised Code of conduct for midwives 
Closes: Friday 10 March 2017
Feedback is sought on the revised Code of conduct for nurses and the revised Code of conduct for midwives (the Codes). The Codes set out the legal requirements, professional behavior and conduct expectations for nurses and midwives in all practice settings. You can find out more here.  
Palliative Care SA Forum: Caring for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) patients in palliative care and the role of interpreters
Thursday 23 February 2017
This forum will discuss recent collaborative research on access to interpreters in the hospital setting, and the experience of professional interpreters in working with health care professionals and CaLD patients in Palliative Care. The forum will provide topic-based presentations by local, national and international speakers and is open to all members, clinicians, health workers and interested public. Find out more here.
National Family Drug Support Day
Friday 24 February 2017 from 4pm – 5pm
The second annual conversation on supporting families of those affected by drug abuse will be held at the old chamber parliament house on North Terrace. This year's theme is ‘see the person, not the drug’. You can view the full flyer which includes registration details here.
Headspace Stand up for youth mental health
Sunday 12 March 2017
As part of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival Headspace Edinburgh North presents ''Headspace Stand up for youth mental health''. The performance will be hosted by Amos Gill, local comedian and host of the HIT107 breakfast show. Revenue raised will go to Headspace Edinburgh North, assisting it to continue to provide early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. You can find out more here.
Mental Health Podcast – Episodes 4 and 5 available
The Mental Health and Substance Use Research Group (MHSURG) of UniSA has released its fourth and fifth mental health podcast conversations. Podcast 4: Carers' perspectives, and Podcast 5: The Strathalbyn & Communities Suicide Prevention Network. You can find out more and listen to the podcasts here.
Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTC Alliance) joint communiqué #2
The second joint communiqué from the four National Health and Medical Research Council AHRTC has been released. It provides an update on discussions with the Commonwealth Department of Health in relation to the Medical Research Future Fund. You can download the communiqué here.  
Other News
HCA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country. We pay respect to Elders past and present, and recognise that their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to Country are important for sustaining health and wellbeing.
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