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Wednesday 12 November 2018
Conflict of Interest Workshop

Last Thursday HCA hosted researchers Dr Ray Moynihan and Professor Lisa Bero from Bond University and Sydney University for a consumer workshop. The workshop was one in a series of national workshops with consumers about the issue of financial conflicts of interests with a focus on relationships with drug companies. The workshop covered the  financial relationships between research funders and clinicians or researchers and the impact on outcomes. The group also discussed why conflict of interests matter and how these conflicts can become risks to studies and how to be more transparent with this information. HCA was pleased to host such a dynamic and engaging workshop. 

HCA will share the findings of this study when it becomes available. 
Transvaginal Mesh Update - New clinic opens!

SA Health has established the SA Health Pelvic Mesh Clinic at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a specialist clinic for women experiencing complications from pelvic mesh. The clinic aims to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary health care for all South Australian women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants. The clinic brings together experts from various health backgrounds and disciplines to work together as a team to review each patient’s individual case. A GP referral is required to access the clinic.  Information for consumers and GPs is available here.

The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line: 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Reminder: Christmas Closure 
HCA will close for the Christmas period, Monday 24 December 2018 and reopening on Monday 7 January 2019. Next week's eNews will be our last for 2018 and will be a short wrap up of the year.

The first edition of our 2019 eNews will be published on Wednesday 23 January 2019.

There is change ahead for the HCA team in 2019, and we take this opportunity to thank our supporters and members for your continued support throughout 2018.
Community Mental Health Redesign Project Consumers & Carers

Closes: Thursday 13 December 2018 10.00pm

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Mental Health Directorate (MHD) is redesigning community mental health to provide the best care possible for consumers. In 2016 the Department for Health and Ageing to conducted a review of community mental health services across metropolitan South Australia. This resulted in a Community Mental Health
Report, released 13 July 2016 with the following key action areas:
  • Resetting the strategic direction
  • Community mental health service operation model
  • Organisational service structure
  • Interface with service partners
  • Discharge planning and improved patient
  • System improvement and service
  • Training and development
If you would like to participate in this significant Community Mental Health Redesign Project please complete the EOI online here
Understanding The Royal Commission Into Aged Care Quality And Safety 
Thursday 13 December 2018
2.00pm - 3.30pm
COTA SA, 16 Hutt St, Adelaide

Topics covered include:

COTA SA’s free Reframing Ageing session covers:

  • What is a Royal Commission?
  • What are the Terms of Reference and timeframes involved?
  • Who can make a submission to the Royal Commission?
  • Will the Royal Commission want to hear my story?
  • What support is available to help me tell my story?

This free information session is co-hosted by the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, Carers Australia (SA) and COTA SA, and will also feature presentations from Relationships Australia and Professor Wendy Lacey, Dean and Head of the School of Law at the University of South Australia Business School.

Call (08) 8232 0422 or email to book your place

15th National Rural Health Conference 

24 - 27 March 2019
Hobart Tasmania

Everything you need to refresh your energy and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia is there; including:
  • 4 days of inspiring presentations and events
  • 5 pre-conference events
  • 30 keynote speakers
  • 212 presenters in 45 concurrent sessions
  • 40 poster presentations
  • a stimulting arts and health program
  • 75 exhibitors
  • and a gala dinner!
Register here before 31 December 2018 to take advantage of the discounted Earlybird registration rate.
Medical Devices and Implant Failure

In 2017, Health Issues Centre Victoria (HIC) initiated a public investigation into the unintended injuries caused to thousands of women through the use of trans-vaginal mesh implants as the preferred treatment for pelvic prolapse and urinary stress incontinence. This research has led to far reaching reforms with changes to the information provided to women considering corrective measures, the establishment of care pathways for injured women and changes to the risk rating applied to mesh by the regulator of medical devices, the Therapeutic Goods Administration. HIC is now conducting a public consultation to identify other patterns of malfunction in medical devices and implants. This is a national consultation and the aim is to ensure that faulty devices are removed from the market, and that consumers who have suffered injury are provided with adequate care and remedy.

You can find out more on the HIC investigation here.

You can take the survey here.
National Case Note Review Booklet

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality have released the 14th volume of the National Case Note Review Booklet. This review focuses on the decision to operate, with a particular focus on when to determine if surgery is futile, if the surgery will bring relief to the patient and whether the surgery will return the patient an acceptable quality of life.

The review found that many surgeons deal with these problems on a regular basis and it has been found that engaging family, colleagues, nursing staff and centralising the patient leads to satisfactory outcomes. 

You can read the review here
ACSQHC - Partnering with Consumers Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The goals of the Atlas series are to map variation in health care across Australia, promote investigation to identify any unwarranted variation and recommend actions to reduce unwarranted variation. 

The Commission released the first Atlas in November 2015. This was followed by the release of the second Atlas covering different topics in June 2017. The third Atlas was launched by the Hon Greg Hunt MP on 11 December 2018.

You can view the report here
Head to Health - Finding Mental
Health Resources

Head to Health is an online portal that helps Australians find appropriate mental health resources. The website has compiled resources from national mental health services such as beyond blue and the black dog insitute as well as universities across Australia into one space to make it easier for Australians to find the right information. You can search for specific resources to suit you, for example if you search for bipolar, several fact sheets and websites specific to bipolar will show with information on how to access support. There is also information for loved ones and carers, with accessible information and steps on how to effectively support someone experiencing mental health challenges.

You can visit the site here
Decembeard Australia

Now in its sixth year down under, December is Decembeard® for Bowel Cancer Australia. A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard® encourages men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.

Launched in 2011 by our good friends and UK charity partner, Beating Bowel Cancer, Decembeard® was created as a quirky way to draw attention to the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – and to raise funds.

One of the many things Australia has in common with the UK, as well as our joint love of facial hair, is that bowel cancer is also Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. That's why we're asking Aussie men to grow a beard this December, raise funds and help beat bowel cancer. Register now and help make real change happen at Decembeard® Australia:Grow a Beard.

You can find more information on Bowel Cancer Australia's website here.

COTA Study: Does your local community promote healthy ageing? 


NHMRC Consumer Engagement Award 

Medical Devices and Implant Failure

Research on Communication in Healthcare Settings

The SA Health Mental Health Services Plan

Productivity Commission inquiry into private health insurance in Australia 

SA Health Awards - Celebrating 10 Years

Welcome New Board Directors 



Borderline Personality Disorder Centre of Excellence 

Connecting with Community Forum

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