Wednesday 22 February 2017

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               HCA News 
Working Together: an update on Mental Health, Primary Health and Transforming Health 
Last Friday HCA hosted a forum to inform consumers and the non-government sector about changes and priorities across the primary health, mental health and hospital health sectors, and to identify opportunities for engagement and collaboration. The forum was a success with 47 attendees. A report outlining the outcome and recommendations from the forum will be released in the coming weeks. You can view the speakers' presentation slides here. 
Consumers and Carers Focus Groups: new Royal Adelaide Hospital website 
HCA was pleased to recruit consumers to participate in consultations on the development of a website for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Two groups were conducted focussing on the needs of consumers and carers.  The consumer group provided feedback in relation to the website structure and content, while the carer group provided feedback in relation to what information should be available on a carers/ family/ visitors page on the website. It was great to see consumers and carers engaged right at the beginning of this project.
Integrating consumer engagement in health and medical research – an Australian framework
HCA in collaboration with the South Australian Medical Research Institute has published a paper on developing a framework for integrating consumer engagement in health and medical research. The purpose of the paper is to develop a workable framework for consumer and community engagement for a new medical research institute with broader application. You can read the full paper here.
Cancer Voices SA – February Newsletter
The Cancer Voices February Newsletter is now available for download. In 2017 they will celebrate 10 years of advocacy. This month’s newsletter includes a summary of the Survivor-ship Conference held in Adelaide during February, along with many other updates on their recent activities. You can download the newsletter here.
               Consumer Opportunities 
Comprehensive Care Advisory Committee
Closes Friday 25 February 2017
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) is seeking consumer representation on the Comprehensive Care Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide clinical advice, expertise and consumer input on matters relating to the Comprehensive Care and Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. You can find out more through the CHF website here.

Birth Dignity Survey
Closes: Tuesday 28 February 2017
Safe Motherhood for All is seeking to find out if Australian women have the birth they want, and to gain a fuller picture of Australian women’s experiences of dignity during birth. The survey is open to all women who have birthed in Australia in the past two years. You can take the survey here.  

Non-Executive Board Director - NPS MedicineWise
Closes: Friday 10 March 2017
The NPS MedicineWise Board is calling for nominations and applications for a Non-Executive Board Director position. The Board is responsible for the overall corporate governance of NPS MedicineWise, including its strategic direction, providing leadership, establishing goals for management and monitoring the achievement of these goals. You can find out more here.
Adapting the “Working Alliance Inventory” to measure therapeutic alliance in general practice RACGP, ANU Medical School
Closes: Friday 31 March 2017
A team from the ANU Academic Unit of General Practice is researching a new tool to measure the therapeutic relationship between a GP and a patient. The first stage of this research is an online survey to assess whether the questions make sense in the GP setting. You can find out more and take the survey here.

Engage 2 Act - Australia & New Zealand: Three Board vacancies
Closes: Friday 24 February 2017
Engage 2 Act Australia & New Zealand invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from people interested in joining its Board. The organisation is a new not-for-profit, with a commitment to progressing citizen engagement practices. Board meetings are held via Skype video. To submit your EOI, send a paragraph or two about yourself, or a video clip if you prefer via email to You can visit the website here

National Health Genomics Policy Framework: Adelaide Consultation Forum
Friday 3 March 2017
The National Genomics Policy Framework Advisory Group invites consumers to participate in a consultation forum that will inform the development of the National Health Genomics Policy Framework. The forum will focus on contextualising the framework, and workshopping the strategic objectives and priority areas. The forum is open to anyone with an interest or involvement in genomics. You can find out more and register here.
Policy Webinar: Overview of the Australian Health System
Wednesday 8 March 2017
The policy webinar aims to provide consumers with a deeper understanding of how the Australian Health Systems works. The webinar is for one hour from 12.15pm – 1.15pm. You can find out more and register your interest to participate here.
Addressing child and adolescent mental health: The key to disrupting intergenerational disadvantage
Thursday 23 March 2017
Developmental Educators Australia is hosting Addressing child and adolescent mental health: The key to disrupting intergenerational disadvantage at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).  The morning session will describe the need and imperative to do better, and the afternoon session will cover needs-based response service. You can find out more and register here.
New RAH Update: February
The New RAH update provides a monthly update on services and project milestones at the new hospital, with the aim of creating greater awareness among both staff and the community. This month's edition includes a sneak peak at the new hospital rooms. You can download the February update 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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