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SA Pathology Focus Group

Workshop – Draft second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter)

Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner Website Review
HCA Training 

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 

More on training  
Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

ACSQHC - Topic Working Group developing a clinical care standard on peripheral venous access

EOI: SAHMRI Consumer & Community Advisory Group

EOI: DASSA Community Advisory Council

SA Healthy Challenge Towns Challenge
Have your say 


Proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women
 
Aboriginal Health Survey
 
Consumer and Carer Workshop
 
Guidelines for Guidelines
 
Monash University expectations in healthcare testing: a sociological study
 
Reel Feels Film Festival
Upcoming events

TGA Update on Medical Device Reforms
 
Netfest 2019
 
Closing The Gap Day
 
2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting
Other news 

Closing in on a genetic map for depression
 
Sexual Health Counselling Now Available at Headspace Onkaparinga
 
Resources and support links for mentally healthy workplaces

New NDIS website launched
SA Pathology Focus Group

Thursday 14 February 2019
9.30am – 11.30am
HCA Adelaide


HCA is hosting a focus group for SA Pathology about the possibility of their services in public hospitals and other health services being opened to private pathology services. They are seeking consumer input on the following key topics:
  • What is important to people about clinical support and diagnostic pathology services?
  • What awareness consumers have of SA Pathology services?
  • What contact you have had with pathology services?
The focus group will provide participants with the opportunity to give feedback on the messages and descriptions of current pathology services, and to phrases and the language used during procedures.   
Find out more and register
Workshop – Draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter)

Wednesday 6 March 2019
11:30am – 2:30 pm
HCA Adelaide


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to attend a workshop to provide input on the draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). A consultation was undertaken in 2018 which sought feedback on how user-friendly and easy to understand the existing Charter is, and how it could be improved. This feedback has informed the draft Second Edition, which will be discussed in detail at the workshop. Feedback will also be sought on the types of resources participants would find helpful when using the Charter. Participants will be provided with introductory information and will be required to complete a short survey prior to the event. Lunch will be provided.
Find out more and register
Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services
 
The Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation is conducting an inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services. HCA was invited to make a submission in contribution to the inquiry. Studies have shown that health services working effectively and using a person-centred care approach can lead to improved workforce attitudes and job satisfaction, decreased emotional stress, decreased workforce turnover, and absenteeism and improved overall workforce wellbeing. 
Read our submission
Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner Website Review

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's focus group to provide input into the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner website, and ways it can be made more user-friendly. The new website will be launched soon and we will promote the link in our eNews.
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 

Tuesday 26 February 2019
9.30am – 3.30pm
HCA Adelaide
Cost $99 (inc GST)

 
There is still time to register for our upcoming Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training. This training is an entry-level consumer advocacy training course for people with experience of the health system, who would like to help make health systems and services more consumer-centred through participating in committees, consultations, projects and other activities. Morning tea and lunch is included. We encourage consumers to ask the health service they are engaging with to reimburse them for the cost of training. 
Find out more and register
More on training  

HCA has expanded the training that we offer to include:
  • Engagement and Advocacy for Influence
  • Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership
  • Tailored Training
Find out more about HCA training here
Topic Working Group - developing a clinical care standard on peripheral venous access

Seeking urgent EOI


Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has been invited to nominate consumer advocates for possible appointment to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Topic Working Group developing a clinical care standard on peripheral venous access. The aim is to inform the development of a clinical care standard for the prevention and management of adverse events associated with the insertion and use of peripheral intravenous catheters.
Find out more here
EOI: SAHMRI Consumer & Community Advisory Group

Closes: Monday 18 February 2019


The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is seeking expressions of interest for consumer and researcher positions for the SAHMRI Consumer & Community Advisory Group. This is a newly formed Group with a primary focus to provide strategic advice to the SAHMRI Board on the continued translation of their Consumer and Community Framework into day-to-day practice.
Find out more here
EOI: DASSA Community Advisory Council
 
Drug and Alcohol Service South Australia (DASSA) is inviting expressions of interest from consumers to join their Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is a strategic committee for clients, carers and community members to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of DASSA. The purpose of the CAC is to continuously improve DASSA’s client care, safety, and quality.
Find out more here
SA Healthy Towns Challenge

Closes: Monday 15 April 2019


The SA Healthy Towns Challenge is a grants program for regional and rural towns to develop preventive health programs within their community, which will have measurable benefits (over 12 months) to the community’s health and wellbeing.  Successful projects aim to increase access or opportunity for the community to make healthier choices or participate in activities with a prevention focus. Grants of up to $50,000 each will be provided to a minimum of five towns (or groups of towns) within the Country Health SA Local Health Network region each year for four years (until 2021).
Find out more here
Proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women

Closes: Saturday 9 February 2019


The Department of Health, on behalf of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), has released for public consultation proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccine in pregnant women. The proposed changes and rational for the changes are outlined in the public consultation document. The ATAGI will be seeking NHMRC’s approval of the guideline recommendations under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.
Find out more
Aboriginal Health Survey

Closes: Friday 15 February 2019


The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, in partnership with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, is conducting a survey on Aboriginal Health. Consumer are invited to provide ideas on:
  • improving the quality of 715 health checks
  • clinical software - implementation of the National Guide
  • culturally responsive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Find out more here
Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer Workshop

Thursday 21 February 2019
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thebarton


As part of the Community Mental Health Re-design Project, a Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer workshop is being held for consumers and carers who are or have received care from CALHN mental health services.
The aim of the workshop is to identify:
  • Who are our consumers, carers and community?
  • What are our guiding principles?
  • Service description – what works well and what we could do better?
  • Future service – how would it work? 
Find out more and register
Guidelines for Guidelines

Closes: Wednesday 13 March 2019


The National Health and Medical Research Council  (NHMRC) is updating its advice on how to develop trustworthy clinical practice, public health and environmental health guidelines. Public consultation is now open on a number of draft modules on the new NHMRC Guidelines for Guidelines’ website. This has been developed for guideline developers wishing to meet NHMRC’s Standards for Guidelines and improve the quality of their guidelines.
Find out more here
Monash University expectations in healthcare testing: a sociological study

Closes: Monday 15 April 2018


Monash University is undertaking a study on consumer expectations of testing in healthcare. This includes imaging tests like X-rays, mammograms, scans, ultrasounds and lab tests such as blood tests. The study aims to gain insight into what drives expectations for particular healthcare tests and for testing in general. Participation in this study involves taking part in an anonymous online survey. You will be asked questions about your experiences with testing and/or screening, and your views on testing in healthcare.
Find out more here
Reel Feels Film Festival

Closes: Friday 10 May 2019


Entries are now open for Freerthinking's recently launched Reel Feels Film Festival. This film festival aims to bring stories from around the world that focus on the power and beauty of compassion through the screen experience. Entrants can create a short film or enter a film that you have already produced. Films must be under 17 minutes (including credits) and incorporate the theme of Compassion in one of these three categories:
  • loneliness and connection
  • safety
  • humanity.
Find out more here
TGA Update on Medical Device Reforms

Thursday 7 February 2019
11.30am – 12.30pm
Webinar


Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), in partnership with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is hosting a webinar on Medical Devices Reform. Australia's regulatory framework for therapeutic goods is undergoing a number of changes in response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation. These reforms aim to ensure the availability of products that meet the Australian standards for safety, quality, and efficacy. This webinar will provide consumers with an update on the current status of medical devices reforms, and answer questions from consumers.
Find out more and register
Netfest 2019

Friday 15 February 2019
Adelaide Pavilion  


The Youth Affairs Council of South Australia is hosting Netfest, South Australia's largest dedicated professional development and networking event for youth sector workers, stakeholders, and supporters. With the event's mix of both formal and informal networking sessions, a keynote presentation, professional development sessions, an open forum, and our famous business card wall- there is no better way to promote what you do, connect with workers from other organisations and learn new information to apply to your practice.
Find out more and register
Closing The Gap Day

Wednesday 27 March 
11.00am - 3.00pm
Adelaide Showgrounds 


Sonder, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network, is hosting the Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground. Admission is free for all ages. It aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. The event will also feature plenty of free activities for children, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.
Find out more here
2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019
Melbourne


The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April. 
Find out more here
Closing in on a genetic map for depression

An international team of researchers led by SAHMRI-based epidemiologist Dr Azmeraw Amare has opened the door to more rapid mapping of the genetic foundations of mental health disorders. The global collaboration, that included SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, found eight never-before-identified gene variants related to increased risk of depressive disorder, and more importantly, strengthened the evidence for genetic links between major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Find out more here
Sexual Health Counselling Now Available at Headspace Onkaparinga

Headspace Onkaparinga now offers sexual health counselling, every Thursday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Counselling is available for people aged 12 - 25 years who can recieve free advice and referral on sexual health-related concerns. Clients can choose to visit the centre on their own or with a partner or support person. To make an appointment, call (08) 8186 8600 or email info@headspaceonkaparinga.org.au   

Resources and support links for mentally healthy workplaces

The South Australian Health Commission offers online resources aimed at helping maintain a mentally health workplace. One of the important roles of the Commission is to work with South Australian communities and leaders to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Investing in mentally healthy workplaces is a win-win for employers, workers, the economy and the State.
Find out more
New NDIS website launched

The National Disability Insurance Agency has officially launched its new National Disability Insurance Scheme website. The website aims to improve users’ experience online. The redesign of the website was achieved through consultations and feedback from participants, families, carers, providers and sector representatives. An animated video that explores the new website features has been launched and can be viewed below. 
Find out more


Standard 2 Partnering with Consumers: National Safety and Quality Health Standards

The Not-for-Profit Governance Principles

National Framework for Continuous Quality Improvement in Primary Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 2018-2023

NHMRC Open Access Policy

Health Literacy tools and resources for health service organisations

User Guide for Health Services Providing Care for People with Mental Health Issues

Indicators of socioeconomic inequalities in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease
 


Australian Bureau of Statistic health survey 2017-2018 results

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - On the Radar 

Patient Empowerment Network January Newsletter 2019
 
Choosing Wisely Update - December 2018

Healthcare in brief – Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
 
Mental Health Australia 

Palliative Care SA - State Bulletin 

Asthma Australia’s onAIR

 
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