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Advance Care Directives Act 2013: 5 Year Review Event Summary 

That's a wrap! HCASA video project

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 
HCA Training 

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training 26 June 2019

Mental Health Training 17 July 2019

Tailored Training Options
Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

SAAS - Adverse Events Governance Committee 

NPS MedicineWise - Asthma Expert Working Group

LELAN - Involvement Opportunities
Have your say 

Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice

Find a Name for SA Health's Home Hospital Service
Upcoming events

SANDAS - Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector Forum

ME/CFS Mental Health & Wellbeing Group

CALHN Consumer, Carer and Community Information Session
Other news 

2019 Influenza Season and Immunisation Program
Advance Care Directive Act 2013: 5 Year Review
On Friday 17 May, HCASA hosted a focus group to provide feedback on the 5 year review of the Advance Care Directive Act 2013. The review is being conducted by researchers from the University of South Australia, they attended the focus group to give an overview of the review and what they were hoping to achieve. Dr Chris Moy also attended and provided a summary of Advance Care Directives in South Australia and the impact they have made from his perspective as a doctor. Consumers provided personal stories and feedback on the process of creating and enacting an Advance Care Directive and how to improve the process as well as ideas to market them to a wider audience, including younger people.  HCASA will be writing a submission for the review including feedback from the focus group and our online survey. 
That's a wrap - HCASA videos
Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th were exciting days here at HCASA. Brayden, our Bachelor of Media placement student, spent the day filming our new promotional and informative videos. These videos will showcase consumer stories, consumer engagement principles and the history of HCASA. We are very excited to share these videos with you in the coming weeks and to share the story of consumer engagement in South Australia to wider audience.
We wanted to share our gratitude and appreciation to consumers, staff, board members and of course to Brayden for taking time out of their day to be involved with this project. 
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 
Today we welcomed the newest consumer advocates to our network through our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training. With a great mix of consumers, health professionals and health services represented it shows the reach that consumer engagement and advocacy has in South Australia. We heard from consumer advocate Penelope McMillan about her journey through consumer advocacy from her training at HCA to her numerous consumer roles on state and national committees as well as research roles. It was great seeing the depth of involvement that consumers in South Australia have and the reach of their impact on all levels of health and well-being for consumers and community.
To find out more about our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy course, email 
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Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training
Wednesday 29 June 2019
9am to 4pm
Level 3, 12 Pirie St Adelaide

Training 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. 
Flexible payment options are available.
Email for more information. 
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Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Training
Wednesday 17 July 2019
9.30am to 3.30pm
Level 3, 12 Pirie St Adelaide

HCA is proud to present alongside SA Lived Experience Leadership Advocacy Network (LELAN), mental health advocacy and leadership training. This training is suited for lived experience advocates or representatives – consumers and carers who are actively engaged in the health/mental health system. 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. 
For more information about training and payment options email 
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HCA's Tailored Training Options: Health, Disability & Ageing
Did you know HCA can come and deliver consumer advocacy training to your organisation or community group? We can work with you to develop tailored training to meet your group's needs and requirements around consumer engagement. We offer training to consumers, health practitioners and community service organisations who work with consumers.
We recently delivered a tailored consumer advocacy training to a large Aged Care provider setting up a consumer advisory group. The attendees provided feedback that the session was well run, informative and that they felt privileged to be a participant.
Email for more information. 
SA Ambulance Service - Adverse Events Governance Committee
CLOSES TOMORROW: Thursday 30 May 2019
SA Ambulance Service is seeking two consumers to join their newly established Adverse Events Governance Committee. This committee has been established to provide governance, oversight and advice on the implementation of the fourteen recommendations contained in the report Final Report on Systems Factors relating to SAAS safety incidents in 2019.
Expression of Interest
NPS MedicineWise - Asthma Expert Working Group
Closes: Midnight Sunday 9 June 2019
NPS MedicineWise and The Consumer Health Forum (CHF)  are seeking consumers to join the Asthma Expert Working Group. They are inviting expressions of interest from consumer representatives with asthma and/or who are parents of a child (under 12) with asthma.

For more information please contact Ghislaine Martin at 
Find out more and apply here
Involvement Opportunities with LELAN
Closes: Friday 7 June 2019, 5pm
The Lived Experience Leadership and Advocacy Network (LELAN) are seeking individuals to join our Advisory Group or become a Volunteer Peer Educator / Facilitator.
The genuine involvement of people with #livedexperience at all levels of our organisation and developing the skills, knowledge and experience of members of our community is vital. We can't have the impact we need in South Australia without you. 
Find out more and apply here
Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice
Closes: 5pm Friday 31 May 2019 
The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) is inviting all South Australians to tell us what you think about the State's Abortion Laws.  The terms of reference of this review do not include preventing or precluding abortion in South Australia. SALRI has been asked by the State Attorney-General, the Hon Vickie Chapman MP, to examine South Australia’s abortion laws. 

South Australia’s present laws relating to abortion date from 1969. It's important our state laws keep up with medical advances and changes in social and community attitudes. SALRI will be considering how the law can be modernised to reflect current clinical practice, and will also look at making abortion a regulated medical procedure under health laws, rather than as it currently is, a criminal law issue. 
Find out more here
Find a Name for SA Health's Home Hospital Service
Closes: Wednesday 12 June 2019 
We would like your feedback in the development of a new name for a range of healthcare services to be provided in the community and home. We know that there are alternatives to hospital that demonstrate safe and high quality care. We also know that most people prefer to be cared for in their home when it is safe to do so. The current name for these services is Home Hospital (however, this name is used by another group). We want to create a name that has meaning to consumers and captures what it means to take receive care in your own home, rather than in hospital.
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SANDAS - South Australian Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector Forum
Thursday 27 June 2019
9am to 3pm
Adelaide Pavilion - Parkview Room
The annual SANDAS sector forum is your opportunity to hear about changes and developments in the sector, including new services and future opportunities. The program will include:
  • Presentations from services funded under the $20m in treatment funding tendered in late 2018
  • Emerging Minds Workshop on their new resources for AOD workers 
  • Update from SA Health on the activities of DASSA, changes, current priorities and areas of work and future directions
Find out more and register here
ME/CFS Mental Health & Wellbeing Group
Tuesday 18 June 2019
SkyLight, Wayville

What is ME/CFS? Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex, disabling illness which causes incapacitating symptoms in the body. It is estimated that 101,000 Australians have ME/CFS, though due to the isolating nature of this illness it could be much higher. 
The ME/CFS Mental Health and Wellbeing group focuses on creating connection with others who have a similar experience. It is a space to authentically share and grow. If you cannot attend, but would like to be involved, please call SkyLight at 8378 4100 to discuss how. 
Find out more and register here
CALHN - Consumer, Carer and Community Information Session
Thursday 20 June 2019
10am to 12pm
Royal Adelaide Hospital

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) is hosting a consumer, carer and community information session to share with consumers how they can be involved in consumer partnership within CALHN. You will hear the different ways that people can be involved, the next steps to take and have your questions answered. A panel of consumers who have been actively involved in representative and other activities across the organisation will share their experiences too.
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2019 Influenza Season and Immunisation Program
Doctors and SA Health are urging South Australians to get their influenza vaccine. As the strains of flu virus can change from year to year, receiving a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against the current flu vaccine for you and any children, pregnant women or older persons that may come in to contact with you. Unfortunately, 35 people have already died this year from the flu, while to young and healthy people the flu may just mean a week off work, to a person with a compromised immune system, the outcomes could be far more severe. 

SA Health have an Influenza Immunisation Program with state-funded vaccines available to at-risk consumers. 
Find out more here

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