Wednesday 18 January 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 
Working Together: An update on Mental Health, Primary Health and Transforming Health in South Australia. 
Friday 17 February 2017
Health Consumers Alliance invites consumers and non-government organisations to attend Working Together: An update on Mental Health, Primary Health and Transforming Health in SA forum. The forum will be held at Pavilion on the Park between 11am - 2pm. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided and registrations are essential. You can register to attend here
Professional Certificate in Health Consumer Engagement
Closes: Monday 30 January 2017
The Professional Certificate in Health Consumer Engagement has resulted from collaboration between the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, and Health Consumers Alliance SA.The course is suitable for health consumers, health consumer representatives, health care professionals, managers, and policy makers. Students do not need to have previously completed tertiary study to enrol. Find out more here.
HCA welcomes Allan Patching to the Board
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Allan Patching as a new member of the HCA Board. Allan was elected to the board during the 2016 Annual General Meeting held in November last year. Allan became involved in health consumer advocacy when he became a carer for his wife Petra, following a severe stroke. Allan led the development of an award winning new approach to consumer engagement in aged care at Helping Hand: ‘Turn Up Your Voice'. You can read more about Allan here.
HCA new look website
This month we have launched our newly branded website. We are seeking feedback on usability and readability, and welcome any useful feedback. You can visit our website here. Please email all comments to or phone
08 8231 4169. 
               Consumer Opportunities 
Australian Digital Health Agency – My Health Record pathology and diagnostic imaging phone interviews
The Australian Digital Health Agency is looking for nine consumers to participate in one-on-one phone interviews to help them inform the use, utility and functionality of pathology and diagnostic imaging reports, which will soon become available in My Health Record. The interviews will take about one hour per interview and consumers will be paid $157.60 for their time. You can find out more here.
South Australian Formulary Committee
Closes: Wednesday 25 January 2017
The South Australian Department for Health and Ageing is seeking a consumer representative to participate in the South Australian Formulary Committee (SAFC). This Committee aims to develop and maintain the South Australian Medicines Formulary (SAMF), for use across SA Health to optimise the quality use of medicines, improve and promote equity of access to medicines for patients, and increase the cost-effectiveness of medicine use. Meetings of approximately three hours are generally held every two months (six times per year).  Sitting fees and travel costs will be will be reimbursed. You can find out more here.

South Australian Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (SAPACT)
Closes: Wednesday 25 January 2017
The South Australian Department for Health and Ageing is seeking a consumer representative to participate in their South Australian Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (SAPACT). This is an expert advisory committee providing state-wide governance, policy advice and analysis regarding the safe and cost-effective use of new and emerging, as well as existing health technologies. Meetings of up to three hours are held quarterly (four times per year).  Sitting fees and travel costs will be will be provided. You can find out more here.
Expression of Interest: Consumer and Carer Leadership Colloquium
Closes: Sunday 5 February 2017
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from individuals interested in participating in the Consumer and Carer Leadership Colloquium. The Colloquium is designed to generate a plan of action for future co-operation to strengthen the role of the consumer/carer community in shaping health and related policy. You can find out more here.
National Health Genomics Policy Framework
Closes: Wednesday 8 March 2017
The Commonwealth Department of Health is seeking feedback on the draft National Health Genomics Policy Framework. The Framework is a commitment between the Commonwealth and States and Territories to work collaboratively to integrate Genomics into the health system over time. You can find out more here.
Survey: Understanding consumer health care needs  
Closes: 28 February 2017
Researchers at the University of South Australia are looking for volunteers to complete a survey on consumer health care needs. By completing the survey, you will be entered into a draw to win one of ten $50 Visa Cards. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can find out more
2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference
Thursday 2 –  Friday 3 February 2017
The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer is partnering with Clinical Oncology Society of Australia to co‐host the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference. The Conference will bring together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from Australia, UK and US. The theme is “Cancer Survivorship 2017: Pathways to better policy and practice. The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. You can find out more here.
Lynch Syndrome Symposium
Tuesday 21 March 2017
The Lynch Syndrome Symposium will be held at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer ground floor function room between 9am – 12.30pm. A range of topics will be covered throughout the morning. You can find out more here.
14th National Rural Health Conference
26 - 29 April 2017
Every second year the National Rural Health Conference is held in one of Australia's regional centres and brings together current and future leaders of the nation's rural and remote health sector. The conference's purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information from across the nation and to hear about the latest developments in rural and remote health. The 2017 conference will be held in Cairns. You can find out more here.
Choosing Wisely Australia 2016 report
The first Choosing Wisely Australia report has been released, detailing their achievements since their launch last year. Choosing Wisely is a global social movement aimed at supporting conversations between health professionals and consumers about the appropriate use of healthcare tests, treatments and procedures. You can view the full report here.
National Digital Health Strategy consultation: What has been said so far?
Over 600 online submissions have been received and more than 2,500 people have attended meetings, forums, workshops, webcasts and town halls across Australia. See more about what the Australian community has been saying here. You can find out more about making a submission here.
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