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NAIDOC Week 2019

ACSQHC Open Disclosure Focus Group
HCA Training 

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 24 July 2019

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence 13 August 2019

Tailored Training Options
Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

Statewide Clinical Support Services Clinical Safety and Quality Committee

Entry-level Competency Standards for Optometry 2020 - Steering Committee
Have your say 

Australian Family Carer Toolkit - What makes online information for carers more useful?

Adult Safeguarding Unit - YourSay

Multiple Chronic Health Conditions Study - Australian Centre for Social Innovation
Upcoming events

NAIDOC Week Events

SA Health Website Redevelopment Focus Groups
Other news 

My Home Hospital

Therapeutic Goods Administration - Breast Implants and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
Will you invest in Consumer Centred Care in South Australia?
In our last edition of eNews, our Chief Executive gave an update of where HCASA stands in this post-funding era. For the first time in our 16 year history we are adapting a fee-for-service model and are seeking support from the community to ensure that the consumer voice remains active and loud in South Australia. Our small but dedicated team are driven by a desire to ensure consumers are at the centre of care in South Australia. We are proud of the work we continue to deliver, regardless of our funding situation, and we hope to continue to deliver high quality consumer and research-informed information to both government and the community. HCASA's work needs your support. 
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NAIDOC Week 2019
7-14 July 2019

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
Each year NAIDOC has a theme, the theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth.
These were the three key themes from the Uluru Statement From the Heart and was chosen to highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's ongoing pursuit of involvement in all levels of decision-making and democracy within Australia. Throughout NAIDOC week we take an opportunity to celebrate the achievements, culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within Australia and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done to ensure true and authentic recognition of and respect for the original custodians of this land. We encourage you to go to some NAIDOC week events and find out more about the history and significance that this week holds. 
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ACSQHC Open Disclosure Focus Group
HCASA hosted the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care as they ran a focus group on open disclosure processes and practices. The session covered a range of topics and experiences to find out how public and private hospitals handle the process of talking to consumers, carers and families about adverse or unplanned outcomes with treatment. Consumers shared their experiences and what went right and wrong with this process. It was a full-house, with consumers sharing their expertise and learning more about how the Commission works with hospitals to improve and implement these processes for open disclosure. HCASA would like to thank all of the consumers who attended today. We will share more about this as it becomes available. 
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 
Wednesday 24 July 2019
9.30am to 3.30pm
Level 6, 12 Pirie Street Adelaide

This entry-level consumer advocacy training is for people with experiences of the health system that would like to help make the health system and services more consumer-centred through participating in committees, consultations, projects and other activities. Consumers who complete this training will become members of the Consumer Advocates Network, which provides an opportunity for networking, ongoing learning and access to consumer roles that become available. 
Flexible payment options are available.
Email for more information. 
Find out more and register
Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training
Tuesday 13 August 2019
9am to 4pm
City Location TBA

Training 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. 
Flexible payment options are available.
Email for more information. 
Find out more and register
HCASA's Tailored Training Options: Health, Disability & Ageing
Did you know HCASA can come and deliver consumer advocacy training to your organisation or community group? We can work with you to develop tailored training to meet your group's needs and requirements around consumer engagement. We offer training to consumers, health practitioners and community service organisations who work with consumers.
We recently delivered a tailored consumer advocacy training to a large Aged Care provider setting up a consumer advisory group. The attendees provided feedback that the session was well run, informative and that they felt privileged to be a participant.
Email for more information. 
SCSS Clinical Safety and Quality Committee
Closes: Friday 26 July 2019
Statewide Clinical Support Services (SCSS), which include BreastScreen SA, SA Medical Imaging, SA Pathology & SA Pharmacy, are seeking a consumer representative for their Clinical Safety and Quality Committee. The SCSS  Clinical Safety and Quality Committee (CSQC) is the peak, multi-disciplinary committee of SCSS responsible for leading and monitoring the clinical safety and quality governance, performance and culture that supports consistent achievement of the highest standards of evidence based care. For more information or to apply contact Sharni at
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Entry-level Competency Standards for Optometry 2020 - Steering Committee
Closes: Friday 26 July 2019
Optometry Australia, optometry’s peak professional body representing the largest community of optometrists in Australia is undertaking a full review of the entry-level competencies for optometrists.
Optometry Australia is seeking a consumer representative to join the Steering Committee to provide guidance on the development and structure of the competencies and the processes for stakeholder engagement.
Please contact Ben Hamlyn at Optometry Australia on 03 9668 8540 should you have any queries.
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What makes online information for carers more useful? 
Closes: Wednesday 31 July 2019 
A new online health resource, the Australian Family Carer Toolkit, is being developed by the Centre for Palliative Care (St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne) in collaboration with Flinders University, University of Technology Sydney and Carers Australia. This toolkit is being designed to support the needs of carers who are looking after loved ones with an advanced disease at home in the community. Flinders University is undertaking a study exploring carers interaction with the pre-release online prototype of the toolkit.
Find out more here
Adult Safe Guarding Unit - YourSay
Closes: Friday 19 July 2019
In late 2018 the Parliament of South Australia passed new laws to establish an Adult Safeguarding Unit, which is expected to start operating on 1 October 2019. The Office for Ageing Well is seeking your feedback on a draft Code of Practice(Opens in a new window), which outlines in a detailed and practical way what South Australians can expect from the new Adult Safeguarding Unit.
Find out more here
Multiple Chronic Conditions Study - The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
Closes: Friday 12 July 2019
Are you managing multiple chronic health conditions and want to be heard?
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) are looking to interview people to better understand what it takes to create better outcomes for people managing multiple chronic conditions. TACSI are seeking people who  live in South Australia and are free to talk to between 15-26 July.
Find out more here
NAIDOC Week Events
7 July - 14 July
The State Government of South Australia has compiled a list of all NAIDOC week events taking place in South Australia. From basket weaving at Tandanya, storytelling at the Adelaide Zoo, to panel discussions on the 2019 NAIDOC theme, voice, treaty, truth. HCASA encourages you to get out to some events throughout the week!
Find out more here
SA Health Website Redesign Focus Groups
27 & 28 August 2019
In the redesign and redevelopment of the SA Health website, SA Health are looking to connect to members of the general public that interact with this resource. To build a better service they want to understand your needs from your point of view. Ideally, any attendees would have interacted with SA Health's website in the last 6 months and be able to recall their experiences.
The workshop will run for 2 hours and cover;
  • challenges
  • motivations
  • behaviours
  • needs
  • pain points
  • ideal state
Sitting fees will be paid by SA Health to attendees based on the Schedule of sitting fees and reimbursement.
Find out more here
My Home Hospital
Earlier in the year, we asked consumers to help SA Health find a new name their new service that delivered hospital-quality care at home. We had a huge response to this and consumers from all around the state answered our survey and got involved with our voting on Facebook. We provided SA Health with all of your feedback and suggestions and after widespread consultation the new name for this service is My Home Hospital. Consumers stated that they wanted it to feel more personal and reflect that the care they received would be individualised and conveniently located within their own homes. We thank those that responded and provided valuable feedback. We will be sharing more about this project as it is announced. 
Breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released an update on their review of textured breast implants and preliminary outcomes. This update reflects the TGA's initial views following recent laboratory testing and statistical analysis. Breast implant sponsors have until 24 July to provide additional information which will be assessed before reaching a final decision.
Information is being made available at this stage as people with implants, and those considering implants have the right to make informed choices about their healthcare.
Find out more here

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