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Wednesday 8 February 2017


Welcome to our latest newsletter. If you have any suggestions for what you'd like us to feature in future newsletters, send us an email.
               HCA News 
Carers Focus Group: new Royal Adelaide Hospital website
Closes: Friday 10 February 2017
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Project is seeking carers to take part in a focus group which will inform the development of a new-look website, in preparation for the move to the new hospital site. HCA is holding a focus group on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 1.30pm. Feedback received as part of the focus groups will help shape the look, feel and content of the new website. You can find out more and register here.
Working Together: An update on Mental Health, Primary Health and Transforming Health in South Australia 
Friday 17 February 2017
HCA invites consumers and non-government organisations to attend Working Together: An update on Mental Health, Primary Health and Transforming Health in SA Forum. It will be held at the Pavilion on the Park between 11am - 2pm. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided, and registrations are essential. You can register to attend here
Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (CCE)
The Transforming Health CCE Committee meeting was held on 25 January 2017. The communique summarising the discussion topics is available for download here.
               Consumer Opportunities 
Women’s and Children’s Health Network: CaFHS Safety Quality Risk Committee
Closes: Thursday 9 February 2017
The Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS) Safety Quality Risk Committee is seeking to recruit a consumer representative to join the Committee - it is the peak inter-professional strategic quality committee for the CaFHS division. The Committee has responsibility for the oversight of divisional safety and quality, planning and evaluation. You can find out more and complete the EOI here.
Reform to Human Services
Closes: Friday 10 February 2017
The Australian Government Productivity Commission is looking at reforms to Australia’s human services, including health, education and community services. The focus is on innovative ways to improve outcomes, through introducing the principles of competition and informed user choice, whilst maintaining or improving quality of service. You can find out more here.
Calvary Clinical Governance Committee vacancy 
Closes: Friday 10 February 2017
The Clinical Governance Committee has the broad responsibility to drive a quality based system of a local clinical integrated risk, quality and safety management system in line with local and national policies. You can find out more here.


Calvary Corporate Governance Committee vacancy
Closes: Friday 10 February 2017
The Corporate Governance Committee has the broad responsibility to drive a quality based system of a local corporate integrated risk, quality and safety management system in line with national policies. The Committee is accountable for implementing the integrated risk, quality and safety management strategy from a corporate perspective at local service level.You can find out more here
Expressions of Interest sought - National Register of Mental Health Consumer & Carer Representatives
Closes: 12pm on Wednesday 15 February 2017
Mental Health Australia is currently seeking applications from mental health consumers and carers to participate as members of a National Register. The Register is a pool of 60 trained mental health consumer and carer representatives from across Australia, who work at a national level to provide a strong consumer and carer voice in the mental health sector. You can find out more about the Register and the application process here.
EnRICH trial Advisory Panel
Closes: 5pm on Wednesday 15 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 This includes serving as a source of independent advice on study design, monitoring the progress and outcomes of the trial and overseeing its ethical conduct. Commencing in February, the committee will run for approximately 12 months. Meetings will be held bimonthly and the successful applicant will be reimbursed for their time. You can find out more here.
Review of Australia’s Health System Performance Information and Reporting Frameworks
Closes: Friday 17 February 2017
The review of Australia’s Health System Performance Information and Reporting Frameworks has been commissioned by the Department of Health, on behalf of the Australia Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). The purpose of the review is to identify how AHMAC can modernise, strengthen and rationalise Australia’s health system performance information and reporting frameworks. The preliminary findings and recommendations for the review are now open for public consultation. You can find out more 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.
Consumer perspectives on a service for the detection and reporting of patient deterioration
Researchers from Northern Adelaide Local Health Network and Flinders University are looking for volunteers to participate in their research study. It will look at how hospital patients and family members can report their concerns and get a fast medical response if a patient’s health is deteriorating or there is a medical emergency. You can find out more about participation here.
Survey: Examining the relationship between gratitude and caregiver burden
Murdoch University invites carers of people with severe mental illness to participate in a survey examining the relationship between gratitude and the level of burden experienced by carers. The survey results will assist in the development of a resource that could be designed to lessen the burden that carers of people with severe mental illness experience. You can find out more and complete the survey here.
               Events
Save the date - Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting
Thursday 4 May 2017
The inaugural Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting will be held in Melbourne this year. The event will be an opportunity for Choosing Wisely members and supporters, including potential new members, to recognise and share their achievements to date and to plan for future implementation activities. Abstracts will be invited to encourage members and stakeholders to present on practical experiences and learnings around implementation, evaluation and obstacles within clinical settings. Stay tuned for further information.
Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 September 2017
Registrations for the biennial Australian Palliative Care Conference are now open to anyone with an interest in quality palliative care. The conference will be held in Adelaide, with the theme Connection with Community. It is an opportunity to meet and connect with clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers, consumers and others who have a passion for palliative care. You can find out more and register here.
               News
Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) – Quarterly Update
The Adelaide PHN February 2017 update has been released. The update includes useful information about Adelaide PHN Support Services, their commissioned services and a commissioning update. You can view the update here.  
D3 Digital Challenge #5 People, Parks & Wellbeing: Innovation in Ageing and Information - Connection Session
Thursday 9 February 2017
The aim of the D3 Digital Challenge #5 is to broadly explore how we get more people aged 50+ into parks and nature to support active and healthy ageing. If you are a start-up, innovator, budding entrepreneur, developer, hobbyist or designer, success in a D3 Challenge may be the ideal way to build and grow your business. You can find out more and register for the information centre here.
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