Wednesday 8 March 2017

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               HCA News 
Board Communique: February 2017
The HCA Board met on Monday 27 February 2017. The communique summarizing the meeting can be viewed here. 
               Consumer Opportunities 
Take a quick test to help shape the newRAH website
Closes: Today 8 March 2017 at 5pm 
A new website is being developed to support the opening of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). Consumers are invited to take part in a 5-10 minute test to help shape the way information is presented on the new website. The test results will guide the way content is labelled and organised to ensure all users, such as patients and referrers, are able to find what they need quickly and easily. You can find out more here.
Housing, homelessness and mental health jurisdictional workshop
Closes:  Friday 10 March 2017
The Mental Health Commission of South Australia has received an invitation from the National Mental Health Commissioner to nominate representatives to attend the Housing, homelessness and mental health jurisdictional workshop. Health Consumers Alliance SA has been asked to recruit a health consumer to participate. The workshop will be held on Thursday 6 April 2017 between 12.30pm – 4.30pm, consumers will be reimbursed for their time. You can find out more and apply to attend here.
Consumer and Carer Poll for the Evaluation of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum   
Closes: Friday 17 March 2017
People who identify as a mental health consumer or carer, are invited to respond to a short survey evaluating the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (the Forum). The survey seeks to find out the extent to which mental health consumers and carers throughout Australia know about the Forum and its work. You can find out more here
Revised Competency Standards for Occupational Therapists
Closes: Thursday 30 March 2017
The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia invites the public to provide feedback and comment on the proposed Revised Competency Standards for Occupational Therapists. Feedback can be provided through an online survey or written submission. You can find out more and download the consultation paper here.
The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020: Targeted Consultation on the Implementation Plan
Closes: Friday 31 March 2017
The Department of Health is seeking feedback on the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 draft Implementation Plan, specifically relating to the direction of future work. Feedback is sought in the form of an online survey. You can download the draft Implementation Plan and take the survey here. For further information, email
International study to update the Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Depression
Mental Health First Aid Australia and the University of Melbourne are conducting research to update the mental health first aid guidelines for depression. They are seeking 30 people with a lived experience of depression and 30 people who have cared for or provided significant support to someone with depression. The aim of this research project is to update the current mental health first aid guidelines for depression that were published in 2008. 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 in the Ground Floor Function room between 9am – 12.30pm. A range of topics will be covered during the course of the morning. Find out more here.
Preventing colorectal cancer - is aspirin the answer?
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer will host a discussion titled 'Preventing colorectal cancer - is aspirin the answer?' The discussion will be delivered by Professor Finlay Macrae AO. Professor Macrae will cover topics including the use of aspirin for good health and prevention of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. You can find out more and register here.
ADEA Person-centred Care Toolkit Workshop
Wednesday 5 April 2017
The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), in conjunction with The University of Tasmania, will host their first Person-centred Care Workshop. The workshop will focus on the ADEA-developed Person-Centred Care Toolkit, and explore the ways in which it can be utilised and implemented in everyday practice for all health professionals. Consumers are strongly encouraged to attend.The course is free of charge and a certificate will be give upon completion. You can find out more and register here.
Wednesday 5 April 2017
AdMental is an event which will pit two of Adelaide's leading advertising agencies against each other, to come up with the best ad to sell mental wellbeing. Presented in partnership with the Flinders Foundation and Return to Work SA. AdMental forms part of this year's Public Health Week. It is supported by SA Health, Adelaide Advertising and Design Club, and a range of other organisations. You can find out more and register here.
Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting
Thursday 4 May 2017
The inaugural Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting will be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground this year. This event will bring together existing and prospective members, as well as other key stakeholders, to showcase the progress of the initiative in the two years since launch - including measures of success and impact to date. You can find out more and register here.
International Women’s Day
Wednesday 8 March 2017
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), and this year's theme is #BeBoldForChange, calling on women to forge a better working world, a more inclusive workplace, and a gender equal world. Adelaide will host Australia’s largest IWD breakfast on Friday 10 March 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. You can find out more about IWD and the events to celebrate here.
Sector Information: Technical Aid to the Disabled SA (TADSA) name change
TADSA has changed its name to Technology for Ageing and Disability SA. The name change reflects the number of projects TADSA completes for older clients and a preference in the community for the word ‘Disability’. TADSA’s address and contact details remain the same. For more information, you can visit the website here.
No Interest Loan Scheme for Dental Expenses
Uniting Communities is offering an interest free loan to low income earners to pay for dental expenses. To be eligible you must have an annual income of $45,000 of less. Loans are up to $1200, with a number of dentists in each Metro Adelaide area available. For more information, phone (08) 8202 5180 or email
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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