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Consumer Workshop - 2nd Edition Australian Healthcare Rights Charter

HCA Healthcare Heroes

Film Screening:  The Bleeding Edge
HCA Training 

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training

Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Training 
Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

DASSA's Community Partnership Program

RANZCR Safety and Quality Standards Committee

RACGP Coordinating Committe

Mental Health Services Consumer and Carer Advisory Group (MHSCCAG)

Care Track: SAHMRI
Have your say 

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

YourSAy Consultation: Ageing and Adult Safeguarding
Regulations 2019
Upcoming events

Close the Gap Day Event

FRESH Course Aboriginal Focus

15th National Rural Health Conference in Hobart
Other news 

ScriptWise - Medication Dependence Prevention Month

Health Consumers QLD - Effective Consumers
HCA has moved
HCA has moved, but don’t worry – it isn’t very far, in fact we’re in the same building!

To help reduce our costs to ensure we are still here to continue our much-needed work, we are moving upstairs to level 3 in a co-working space. This modern space is perfect for our team and will ensure that our staff are still city-central.

For more information email info@hcasa.asn.au
Consumer Workshop: 2nd Edition Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

On Tuesday 6 March, HCA hosted The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's (ACSQHC) consumer workshop on the 2nd Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (The Charter). Consumers provided ACSQHC with feedback on the latest iteration of The Charter. The consultation process on The Charter has included a wide range of consumers and stakeholders from across Australia. 

The next draft review is due in June/July 2019.

 
Find out more
Health Consumer Heroes
HCA are running a campaign to highlight the incredible work health consumer advocates and representatives do in South Australia. We want to hear from you, what motivates you as a consumer advocate? What impact have you made as a consumer advocate? What potential do health consumer advocates have in South Australia?
We will be collecting these stories and sharing them in the coming weeks. We belive consumer advocate and representatives should be celebrated as the every-day heroes they are.

Share your stories by emailing info@hcasa.asn.au or at PO Box 2248 Adelaide 5001
Film Screening: The Bleeding Edge
HCA are proud to host a screening of the award winning documentary, The Bleeding Edge.
The film looks at the $400 billion medical device industry and the profit-driven mind-set that rushes implanted devices into the marketplace without proper clinical trials. The screening will be followed by a panel and question and answer session. Afternoon tea will also be provided.
Find out more and register
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 
Tuesday 26 March 2019
9.30am to 3.30pm
SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley

Spaces are filling up for the first Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training for 2019 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 about the training or payment options please email info@hcasa.asn.au
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.
For more information about training or payment options email info@hcasa.asn.au
Find out more and register
Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Training
Tuesday 21 May 2019
9.30am to 3.30pm
SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley

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. People with lived experience completing this course will be eligible for endorsement for national consumer roles.

For more information about training and payment options email
info@hcasa.asn.au
Find out more and register
DASSA Community Partnership Program
Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) are inviting the community to provide feedback on their Community Partnership Program. DASSA values lived experience and is committed to involving the community in all matters affecting them. You can listen to a podcast about the program here.  Find out more about the program and how to get involved below. 
Find out more and submit

RANZCR Safety and Quality Standards Committee
Urgent Expressions Required

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 and submit

RACGP - General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee
Closes: 21 April 2019
The General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee (the Coordinating Committee) has been established to provide oversight and input on issues relating to the implementation and assessment of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices as part of the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme. RACGP are seeking consumers to be a part of the coordinating committee to provide advice and feedback for GPs seeking accreditation. 

Find out more and submit here
Mental Health Services Consumer and Carer Advisory Group (MHSCCAG)
Closes: 22 March 2019
The MHSCCAG will consist of 15 members including 10 Consumer/Carer Representatives. The MHSCCAG role is to be involved and ensure opportunities for people with lived experience to influence decision making, provide input into service planning, delivery and governance within SALHN Mental Health Services and to improve outcomes for consumers and carers. You can read the terms of reference
here
Find out more and apply
Care Track Aged: SAHMRI
Closes: Friday 5 April 2019
With Australia’s population ageing rapidly, the number of people aged over 85 is projected to double in the next 25 years. Our current aged care system needs to keep up with future demands and be positioned to maintain quality care. Older people in residential aged care facilities are the sickest and frailest cohort of any age group and have the highest rates of disability. You can read more about the project here

HCASA has received an invitation for consumers to be ‘expert advisers’ in a study looking at how much of the care provided to people living in residential aged care is evidence-based. The study will also look at quality of life. The invitation has come via SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute – sahmri.org)
Find out more here
South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024
Closes: 19 April 2019
The Department for Health and Wellbeing routinely undertakes system planning to guide the strategic direction of the South Australian health system. The Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 - 2024 is a statewide, system-level strategy developed by SA Health to meet future health challenges. Consumers are encouraged to provide their feedback on the framework via an
online discussion, survey or emailing feedback. HCA is also preparing a response which wil be informed by our Consumer Advocates Network members. Please email info@hcasa.asn.au if you would like to contribute. 
Find out more here
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Closes: 30 June 2019

Further public hearings are being held in Adelaide from the 19th to 22nd of February Commonwealth Law Court Building. Members of the public and those with an interest in the enquiry are welcome and encouraged to attend, you can find out more here. 

The Royal Commission are still taking public submissions until the end of June 2019. Submissions can be made for yourself or on behalf of someone else.
Find out more here
Close the Gap Day Event
Wednesday 27 March
11am to 3pm
Adelaide Show Grounds

Close the Gap Day is an opportunity to highlight the disparity between Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians health and 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.
SA’s biggest Closing the Gap Day event is being held at the Adelaide Showground on Wednesday March 27 from 11am to 3pm and is a FREE all-ages event with performers and entertainment for kids and adults!
Find out more here
FReedom to Explore Sexual Health (FRESH) Course
4 & 5 April 2019
9am to 5pm
SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Rd

SHINE SA provides a range of professional development opportunities for Aboriginal Health Workers and other workers who work with Aboriginal people to increase their knowledge and skills in the area of sexual and reproductive health and relationships.
The FRESH Course – Aboriginal Focus is a 2-day course for workers who wish to improve their sexual and reproductive health knowledge and address sexual and reproductive health and relationship issues within Aboriginal communities. You can download the Aboriginal Focus Fresh Course
here
Find out more here
15th National Rural Conference
24 - 27 March 2019
Hobart, Tasmania

In March 2019 the rural health sector will gather in Hobart for the 15th National Rural Conference.  Every two years we meet to learn, listen and share ideas about how to improve health outcomes in rural and remote Australia. 
Proudly managed by the
National Rural Health Alliance, the Conference has a well-earned reputation as Australia's premier rural health event.  Not just for health professionals, the Conference recognises the critical roles that education, regional development and infrastructure play in determining health outcomes, and we welcome people working across a wide variety of industries. 
Find out more here
YourSAy Consultation: Ageing and Adult Safeguarding
Regulations 2019

Closes: 29 March 2019
The Office for Ageing Well (formerly Office for the Ageing) is seeking your feedback to inform the development of Regulations to support the implementation of the new laws. 
Draft 
Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 and a discussion paper have been prepared based on previous feedback received from the community and key organisations.
Find out more here
ScriptWise Medication Dependence Prevention Month

Medication Dependence Prevention Month is an annual event to raise awareness about preventing medication harms and finding community support.

At the moment in Australia, more people are dying due to the use of some prescription pain and sedative medications than on our roads. We have the power to prevent this health crisis.
Find out more here
Health Consumer QLD - Effective Consumers

Health Consumers QLD presents Effective Consumers, a video from the consumer perspective of how to be an effective consumer.

You can download the PDF transcript
here.


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The Consumers Health Forum March 2019 

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