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Wednesday 15 March 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 
Consumer Advocates Network Meeting
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Registrations are open for the May Consumer Advocates Network meeting. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We encourage consumers interested in learning about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record to attend. A light lunch will be served prior to the meeting at 12pm, You can find out more and register to attend here. 
Report ‘Working Together: Mental Health, Primary Health and Transforming Health’.
Forty-seven people attended the Health Consumers Alliance (HCA) and Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (TH CCEC) ‘Working Together Forum’, held on Friday 17 February 2017. Participants included consumers and carers, health professionals, general practitioners, non-government organisation representatives, volunteers, students, SA Health staff, the HCA team and members of the TH CCEC. The forum report is now available on our website and for download here.
               Consumer Opportunities 
Living Well With Pain: Consumer Symposium
Closes: Friday 24 March
HCA is recruiting a consumer to volunteer and assist at the Living Well With Pain Symposium, you will be required to help with set up and pack up and generally be of assistance to participants during the afternoon, entry to the event is free for all volunteers and will run on Sunday 9 April 2017 between 1pm -5pm at the University of Adelaide (North terrace Campus). You can find out more here
Single Aged Care Quality Framework - Draft Aged Care Quality Standards
Closes: Friday 21 April 2017
As part of reforms to the aged care system, the government is developing an end-to-end, market-based system with the sector, where competition and ultimately the consumer drive quality. Feedback on the draft consultation paper is sought through written submission and/or online survey, and a further consultation opportunity will be provided through a webinar, which will be held on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 2.00pm AEDT. You can find out more here.
Review: The Motor Vehicles (Lifetime Support Scheme) Act 2013
Closes: Friday 21 April 2017
The Social Development Committee is conducting a review of the operations of the Motor Vehicles (Lifetime Support Scheme) Act 2013, including amendments made to other Acts, as required under Schedule 2, Part 7, S24 of the Act.  The relevant section of the Act, which sets out the requirements of the review, is available here. The Committee is calling for submissions to the review from interested individuals and organisations. For further information, contact the Committee Secretary on 08 8237 9416 or email sdc@parliament.sa.gov.au
Social and Cultural Determinants of Indigenous Health
Closes: Sunday 30 April 2017
The Department of Health is inviting submissions from organisations and individuals on the social and cultural determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Feedback will help to identify initiatives that are having positive impacts, and will help to improve coordination and collaboration among government and non-government agencies at the local, state/territory and Commonwealth levels. You can find out more here.
Accreditation Systems Review
Closing: Monday 1 May 2017
The Discussion Paper for the Accreditation Systems Review has been released. It identifies and considers several issues under three broad themes that impact upon the current accreditation systems for health professions. The year-long review is being undertaken by Professor Michael Woods, a health economist from the University of Technology Sydney, for the COAG Health Council. Interested organisations and individuals are encouraged to make a submission. You can find out more and view the discussion paper here.
               Events
Addressing Child and Adolescent Mental Health: The key to disrupting intergenerational disadvantage
Thursday 23 March 2017
The Developmental Educators Australia will host The key to disrupting intergenerational disadvantage event at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) next Thursday.The event will be separated into morning and afternoon sessions which will focus on different objectives. The morning session's theme is centred around describing needs and the imperative to do better, and the afternoon session will focus on a needs-based service response. You can find out more information here.
Symposium on Policies for Health Equity
Tuesday 11 April 2017 
The symposium is a full day event to be held in Adelaide. Sir Michael Marmot will give the keynote address, followed by a presentation on intersectoral action for health equity. The symposium will include case studies from SA Health in some policies, demonstrating the experiences of intersectoral action to promote well-being and health equity. You can find out more and register here.
               News
Transforming Health Update
In this month’s video Mark Corkhill, Head Radiographer at Lyell McEwin Hospital, and Professor Dorothy Keefe, Clinical Ambassador for Transforming Health, provide an update on recent improvements in the North and North East, including the new cardiac catheter lab at Lyell McEwin which is already benefitting patients and clinicians. You can watch the video here.
Policy Webinar: Overview of the Australian Health System
The recording of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s Policy Webinar is now available online. The webinar provides an overview of how the Australian health system works, and will benefit consumers who have an interest in improving the way healthcare is experienced in Australia. You can view the webinar recording here.
Nominations open for the AMA Public Health Awards
Closes: Wednesday 19 April 2017
Nominations for the 2017 Australian Medical Association (AMA) public health awards are now open.  The awards recognise the extraordinary contribution doctors and associated health groups make to health care and public health. You can find out more about the nomination process here.
The Community Visitor Scheme
The Community Visitor Scheme is an independent statutory body, which aims to further protect the rights of people with a mental illness who are receiving care in a mental health treatment centre, or attending a community mental health facility, people with a disability who live in disability accommodation or attend a Day Options Program, and people living in Supported Residential Facilities (SRFs). The Community Visitor Scheme recruits volunteers to become independent Community Visitors, to undertake visits and inspections of facilities. You can find out more here 
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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