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Select Committee on Matters Relating to SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging Submission

National Mesh Forum 

HCA Facebook and Twitter Review

HCA Training 

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 26 March

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training 11 April
Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

RANZCR Safety and Quality Standards Committee

Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections Steering Committee - SALHN

Have your say 

Your Experiences and Ideas about Mental Health Survey

Monash University Survey on Expectations in Healthcare Testing 
Upcoming events

SA Primary Health Care Conference 2019

Mental Health First Aid Training 

Frontiers of Science “Redefining Healthy Ageing Together”
Other news 

NPS Medicinewise Conversations for Change Report
Select Committee on Matters Relating to SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging 

HCA hosted a consumer focus group on 14 February to inform HCA's submission to the Select Committee on Matters Relatingto SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging.
Recommendations in this submission included: SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging (SAMI) remain public services, bulk billing of SA Pathology and SAMI services is retained.

You can read the full submission below. 
Full submission here

National Forum on the Impact of Mesh Implants
Friday April 5 2019
9am - 5pm
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne

HCA are proud to be involved in the organisation of the National Forum on the Impact of Mesh Implants along with; Health Care Consumers' Association Inc, Health Consumers Queensland, Health Consumers' Council, Tasmanian Consumer Health Organisation & Health Issues Centre in conjuction with state health departments.

The impact of mesh is of national concern, working together, the state peaks continue to shine a light on the ongoing issues consumers are facing. This forum is an opportunity for mesh affected people to come together from across Australia, to participate in a series of workshops on harm prevention and treatment, device regulation, informed consent and building a unified community response. 

Find out more and register

HCA Social Media Review

HCA are reviewing the way we use social media and how to make sure you get the most out of the information we share and so we can gather your feedback and opinions. We want to know what you want to see on our social media and what engages you the most. Social media is a great way to inform and engage with the community and we think we could be using it better! We would really appreciate your feedback. Please complete our one minute survey below to help us improve our social media engagement. 
Social media survey
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 
Tuesday 26 March 2019
9.30am to 3.30pm
SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley

The first Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training for 2019 will be held at SACOSS on 26 March 2019. 
HCA's introduction to consumer advocacy training is a fantastic way to enter the world of consumer advocacy. HCA trained consumer advocates are able to take their experiences of the health system and use them as motivation to participate in committees, consultations, working groups and other activities to make our healthy system and services more consumer centred. 
If you have any questions, please email
Find out more and register

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training 

Thursday 11 April 2019
9.30am to 4.00pm
SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley

HCA's Engagement and Advocacy for Influence training is suited for experienced consumer advocates or representatives who have undertaken the Introduction to Consumer Advocacy course. Participants of this course will learn strategies to improve their effectiveness and develop confidence to take on leadership roles or opportunities to participate at a more strategic or governance level. Consumers completing this course will be eligible for endorsement for national consumer roles.
Find out more and register
RANZCR Safety and Quality Standards Committee

Closes: Friday 15 March 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) promotes the science and practice of the medical specialties of clinical radiology (diagnostic and interventional) and radiation oncology in Australia and New Zealand.  

The Faculty of Clinical Radiology Council is seeking consumer representation for the Faculty of Clinical Radiology, Safety, Quality and Standards Committee (SQSC).
Find out more here

Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections Steering Committee

Closes: Friday 8 March 2019 5pm
An opportunity is available for a community member to join the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections Steering Committee.

The scope of the committee is to provide leadership across SALHN for the development of systems and processes to ensure consumers and others are, so far as is reasonably practicable, not at risk of acquiring or being adversely affected by an infection associated with their episode of care.

For further information contact Melita on 8204 6197

Terms of Reference and EOI
Your experiences and ideas about mental health

The Consumer's Health Forum and National Rural Health Alliance are collecting feedback to submit to the Productivity Commission and Government as the review mental health services and practices. 

If you have lived experience with mental health directly, as a carer, or as somoene whose friends or family have been affected, please complete the below survey. 
Find out more here

Monash University Survey on Expectations in Healthcare

Closes: Monday 15 April 2019
Monash University are currently undertaking a sociological study which aims to ‘understand the sociocultural processes underpinning optimism for the use of testing technologies in healthcare’.

As part of this project, Monash University are currently seeking volunteers to participate in a short (approx. 5 minutes) online survey, with the option to participate in a follow up interview (approx. 40 to 60 minutes) on their experience with healthcare testing and screening in Australia.

You can read more about the study
here and take the survey below. 
Take the survey
SA Primary Health Care Conference 2019

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre

The 2nd SA Primary Health Care Conference, hosted by Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 14 June & 15 June. 

The conference will explore the ongoing challenge of improving primary health care focusing on the themes of Integration, Innovation, Collaboration and Mental Health. 

Registration is free. For more information visit the website or contact
Register here
Mental Health First Aid Training 
21 & 22 May 2019
9am - 5pm
The 7 Effect, 257 Cross Rd, Plympton

About 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. The two day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training will teach you practical skills to support someone with a mental health problem. Make a real difference to people in your community. Bookings essential as places are limited.

For more information contact Rosie on 0422 376 996 or
Register here
2019 Frontiers of Science – Redefining healthy ageing together symposium

Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April 2019
South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Registrations are now open for a free public lecture “Getting to the Heart of Ageing” followed by a panel session about public engagement in research in Adelaide at SAHMRI this April.

Places for the public session are limited so registrations are essential. 
Register here

Choosing Wisely Report 2018 report released: Conversations for change

Choosing Wisely Australia is an initiative of NPS MedicineWise in partnership with Australia’s health professional colleges, societies and associations. The campaign is enabling clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to start important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit, or in some cases, lead to harm.

The report focuses on four objectives;
1. Change clinician attitudes to practice
2. Foster consumer engagement and acceptance
3. Change key clinical practices
4. Promote alignment with the healthcare system

The full report can be found below. 
Find out more here

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