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Wednesday 22 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 
Mental Health Forum: save the date 
Wednesday 10 May 2017
HCA is hosting a forum to let consumers know what the SA Mental Health Commission is doing, and what changes are happening in mental health service provision. This forum is a follow up to the Mental Health Forum HCA hosted in January 2016, where we sought consumer's feedback about what they wanted from a Mental Health Commission. The 2017 forum will be hosted at HCA and will feature Chris Burns, SA Mental Health Commissioner, Aaron Groves, Chief Psychiatrist, as well as a stakeholder panel. Registration details will be available in the coming weeks.
Introduction to Consumer Advocate Training: Nuriootpa
Tuesday 4 April 2017
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training is coming to Nuriootpa this April. HCA provides free training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. This training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. Established consumer advocates can also participate in this training to refresh their knowledge. You can find out more, including details about registration 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 be held on Sunday 9 April 2017 between 1pm -5pm at the University of Adelaide (North Terrace Campus). You can find out more here.
Developing a National LGBTIQ Disability Strategy: National Consultation
Closes: Friday 31 March 2017
The LGBTI Health Alliance, in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), is conducting a nationwide consultation that will contribute to the development of an Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Trans-gender Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Strategy. This Strategy will guide the work of the NDIA in the coming years and help to ensure that LGBTIQ people and communities can access and benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS]. You can find out more here.
Adapting the “Working Alliance Inventory” to measure therapeutic alliance in general practice RACGP, ANU Medical School
Closing: 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.
The University of Adelaide Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) Engagement Committee
Closes: Thursday 7 April 2017
ENDIA is researching the causes of Type 1 diabetes with the aim of finding avenues for prevention. They are looking to recruit one or two consumers for the ENDIA Engagement Committee. To be eligible to apply, you must have lived experience with Type 1 diabetes, either yourself or through your relationship with a close family member who has Type 1 diabetes. You can find out more here.
Colorectal cancer guidelines released for public consultation
Closes: Saturday 8 April 2017
Cancer Council Australia has released for public consultation the draft clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer. Cancer Council Australia will be seeking the National Health and Medical Research Council’s approval of these guidelines under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. You can find out more here.
               Events
Modbury Hospital Rehabilitation Centre – Open Day
Saturday 8 April 2017
Consumers are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health, and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.
Aged Care Complaints Matter
Thursday 27 April 2017
The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner is holding a one-day event for consumers who have used the aged care complaints system in home and residential care, and people who work in the industry. "Complaints Matter" will highlight the process of a good complaint and provide best practice tips for resolving complaints to the satisfaction of everyone involved. You can find out more and register here
Australian Diagnostic Error in Medicines Conference 2017
Wednesday 24 May – Thursday 25 May 2017
It is thought that about 1 in 10 diagnoses made by doctors is incorrect. Improving diagnosis is a patient safety imperative that requires a team effort. This conference will bring together researchers, clinicians, cognitive psychologists, medical educators and patients to explore patient safety. The language of diagnosis will be explored, and the contribution that medical culture makes to diagnostic error (both in the positive and negative) will be examined. You can find out more and register here.
               News
First look inside the new Royal Adelaide Hospital
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) has achieved technical completion, a significant milestone in the delivery of this world class facility in SA. Over the last five years, the nRAH has taken shape over the Adelaide CBD skyline, and now you have the chance to take a first look inside. You can find out more here.
Lynch Syndrome Australia Report released
Lynch Syndrome Australia has released Lynch syndrome: Australia’s untold health story, a report that calls for a number of important recommendations to improve diagnosis, risk-management and support. It draws on the findings of a world-first study of the lived experience of people with Lynch syndrome, and outlines responses from the 251 Australian participants. You can find out more and download the report here.
CHF Policy Webinar: Current Areas of Australian Health Reform
The recording of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s (CHF) Health Reform webinar is now available for viewing online. It includes presenters from the National Rural Health Alliance and Mental Health Australia, and looks at primary health, mental health, rural health, private health insurance, and pharmacy. You can view the webinar recording here.
Your Guide to Home Care Package Services
The Department of Health has released a booklet detailing Home Care Packages. The booklet is available to download in English and seven other lanugages. It aims to help older Australians, their family and carers understand how to access home care package services, how to change providers, fees and charges, support, and how to raise concerns. You can find out more and view or download a copy 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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