Wednesday 1 March 2017

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               HCA News 
Consumer Advocate Training: Berri 
HCA was pleased to take a trip to Berri on 23 February 2017 to provide Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training. It was great to see the passion and commitment of the 18 participants from across the Riverland, many of whom are already engaged as consumers in mental health and on Health Advisory Councils.

If you would like to participate in Introduction to Consumer Advocacy training to prepare youself for a consumer advocate role, or as a refresher for established consumer advocates, you can register for our upcoming training in Adelaide on 8 March 2017 here.
               Consumer Opportunities 
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
The TGA currently has three open consultations: 

Further proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard - Joint ACCS and ACMS meeting, and ACCS meeting, March 2017.
Closes: Friday 3 March 2017
Find out more here.

Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines: Assessment pathways
Closes: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Find out more here

Changes to accessing unapproved therapeutic goods through the Authorised Prescriber (AP) and Special Access Schemes (SAS)
Closes: Wednesday 29 March 2017
Find out more here
South Adelaide Local Health Network: Three Consumer Representatives vacancies
Closes: Thursday 16 March 2017
The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) is recruiting three Consumer Representatives to engage with patients, families and carers within Geriatric, Rehabilitation and Southern Adelaide Palliative Care Services. The Consumer Representatives will play a pivotal role in supporting the design, planning, delivery and evaluation of its services to ensure a consumer and community focussed approach. You can find out more about the role and how to apply here.
Department of Health - Post-Market Review Reference Groups
Post-market reviews are carried out under the Australian Government’s post-market monitoring program to ensure safe, cost-effective and quality use of medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Consumers Health Forum of Australia is seeking to nominate consumers to the following reference groups: Expert Reference group for the Post-market Review of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Medicines; and Expert Reference group for the Post-market Review of biological Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (bDMARDs) to treat Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis. You can find out more here.
Urogynaecological Mesh Consumer Consultation
Tuesday 14 March 2017
To improve the safety and quality of the use of urogynaecological mesh, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is looking into, the complications that may have been experienced. The Commission is holding a consumer consultation in Sydney and invites interested consumers to participate by teleconference if they are unable to attend in person. You can find out more here.
Your Healthy Cover Checklist and Survey
Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has launched a checklist and survey to help consumers get the best possible outcomes from their private health insurance. CHF would like to know about consumer experience in checking up on their cover. The aim is to assist consumers to identify if their relationship with their health insurer is a healthy one, and if not, how it can be improved. The results from the survey will help to inform CHF’s advocacy to government. You can take the HealthCover Checklist and Survey here.
Forum: Eating Disorders
Monday 6 March 2017 
The Flinders Foundation is hosting a forum at the Flinders Centre for Innovation on eating disorders, and the research taking place at Flinders University. The presentation will be provided by researcher Tracey Wade and Head of the State-wide Eating Disorder Service Dr Randall Long. Light refreshments will be provided on the day and parking can be validated for the multi-storey car park. For further information contact the Flinders Foundation office on 8204 5216 or email
The inaugural Embracing Health and Diversity Migrant and Refugee Health Forum
Thursday 9 March 2017
This forum will bring together health care workers and community members to focus on best practice health care for refugees and asylum seekers in South Australia. The forum aims to provide an opportunity for community members to hear from health specialists and service providers about important health issues, and to provide health care workers with a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities for refugee communities. You can find out more and register here.
Endometriosis Awareness Adelaide Gala Dinner
Friday 10 March 2017
Endometriosis is the hidden disease of Australian women. In their lifetime, one in ten Australian women will be diagnosed with the disease. 

Guest speakers at the ball include world-renowned endometriosis specialist Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison, a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery; Ryan Rose, research officer and embryologist at Fertility SA; and Carla Brion, doctor of Chinese medicine and long-time endometriosis sufferer.
The ball will also include delicious food, free-flowing drinks, two award-winning DJs, and samba dancers.
To support this great cause, tickets can be purchased until 9 March 2017. More information is available here or to register here. 
CHF Policy Webinar: Current Areas of Australian Reform
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is hosting a webinar on the current areas of healthcare reform in Australia. The webinar is aimed at anyone who has an interest in improving the way healthcare is experienced in Australia. You can register your interest to attend and find out more here.
Closing the Gap Day
Thursday 16 March 2017
The Closing the Gap Program aims to identify and contribute to improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a chronic disease, through offering support to assist them in navigating the health care system. The Northern Health Network is hosting three Closing the Gap events across Adelaide; Port Adelaide, Old Reynella and Salisbury Park. There will be free entertainment and lunch will be provided. You can visit the Northen Health Network's website here.
Funding grants for women’s leadership development
Closes: Thursday 30 March 2017
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s health sector. The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. You can find out more here.
The Northern Health Times
The Summer 2017 edition of the Northern Health Times has been released. It has information on the current programs, services, research, people and developments in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. You can 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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