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HCA News and events

Board communique

Film Screening: The Bleeding Edge

HCA's New Office Space

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training

Become a HCA Member
HCA Training 

Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training April 11

Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Training May 21

Tailored Training Options
Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

Consumer Representative for University of South Australia Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Board

Human Rights and Mental Health Working Group
Have your say 

Disability Inclusion Plan 2018

City of Marion - Equity, Access and Social Inclusion Policy

Review of Mental Health Governance in South Australia

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Data Feedback
Upcoming events

Community Forum: Review of Mental Health Governance in South Australia

Health and Diabetes Expo 2019

CHF Private Health Insurance Webinar

Generation Next: The Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People
Other news 

New Code, laws and website for the HCSCC

Pelvic Mesh Clinic Consumer Visit
HCASA Board Communique
The March HCASA Board meeting recently confirmed our capacity to continue our work well into 2020. HCASA is here to stay. We had expected to call a Special General Meeting at about this time to ask our members to consider the organisation’s future. After careful consideration of our financial position, our capacity and the importance of our work we are instead scheduling the launch of our new business prospectus. You can find more details about this on the HCASA website. We would not have been able to consider such an optimistic future without the pragmatic and moral support of our members, partners and supporters.
Thank you. 

Debra Kay PSM
Board Chair HCASA
On behalf of the HCASA Board and Staff Team
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Become a HCA Member
HCA calls upon health consumers in South Australia, as well as health consumer organisations, to help us have a stronger voice to inform our advocacy.  We encourage you to become members of HCA.  Your membership will help strengthen the influence of consumers in South Australia and nationally.  It will also ensure that our unique and diverse perspectives continue to shape health policy, planning, research, service delivery and evaluation. You can read about the benefits of an HCA membership here.
Become a member
Film Screening - The Bleeding Edge
Wednesday 1 May 1.30pm to 4.30pm
The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place Adelaide 
Health Consumers Alliance of SA are proud to host a screening of the award winning documentary, The Bleeding Edge. The film looks at the $400 billion medical device industry and the profit-driven mind-set that rushes implanted devices into the marketplace without proper clinical trials. The screening will be followed by a panel and a question and answer session, afternoon tea will also be provided.
Seats are limited so make sure you book below!
Register Here
HCA's new office space!
We're so excited to show you our new office space, we're mostly settled in to our beautiful co-work space. We hosted our monthly Board meeting last week in the new space and our Board Directors were as pleased with it as the staff are. The Board and staff are excited about this new chapter in HCA's journey and we're delighted to share this with you. 
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training 
HCA hosted our first consumer advocacy training of 2019 in our brand new space on Tuesday 26 March. It was great meeting this group of passionate consumers who are now ready to head out and make a difference through consumer representation and advocacy.
Our next Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training is May 29 and registrations are open now. 
Find out more and register
Engagement and Advocacy for Influence Training
Thursday 11 April 2019
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 
training@hcasa.asn.au for more information. 
Find out more and register
Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Training
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Training for lived experience advocates or representatives – consumers and careers who are actively engaged in the health/mental health system. 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
training@hcasa.asn.au for more information. 
Find out more here
HCA's Tailored Training Options: Health, Disability & Ageing
Did you know HCA 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 training@hcasa.asn.au for more information. 
Consumer Representative for University of South Australia Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Board
Closes: Wednesday 24 April 2019
The University of South Australia are seeking a Consumer Representative for their Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Board. Advisory Boards forms part of the Governance structure of the programs within School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. The Board meets twice a year (May/October) and provides advice to Head of School of Health Sciences and the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy. 
Find out more here
Human Rights & Mental Health Working Group
Closes: Friday 5 April COB
The Mental Health Coalition and LELAN are working to keep Human Rights & Mental Health on the agenda in SA.
To progress ideas from events (also held in partnership with HCA and CarersSA) last year and maintain momentum we are establishing a working group. To become a member of the working group register your interest by following this
link and completing the questions before COB Friday April 5th. Please note that participation in this working group is voluntary, however some members may be supported by their workplace.
The aim is to hold the first meeting on Wednesday 17 April, 10am-12noon, at a CBD location. 
Find out more here
Disability Inclusion Plan
Closes: Friday 26 April 2019
South Australia’s first Disability Inclusion Plan is being created to promote the inclusion of people with disability in our community and economy. The State Disability Inclusion Plan is one of the key pillars of the Disability Inclusion Act 2018. The final Plan will set whole-of-government priorities and strategies for achieving a more inclusive South Australia in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This is a key opportunity to shape a whole-of-government approach to improving access and inclusion for people with disability, and you can contribute to the plan by telling us what you think.
Find out more here
City of Marion - Equity, Access and Social Inclusion Policy
The City of Marion is seeking the community's views on its draft Equity, Access and Social Inclusion Policy. This initiative demonstrates the Council's aspiration to making the City of Marion welcoming and inclusive for everyone to participate in and contribute to community life. 
If you are interested in providing your views and comments on the draft Policy you can view the draft policy
here, complete a quick poll here and provide your feedback to the council here
Find out more here
Review of Mental Health Governance in South Australia
Closes: Friday 12 April 2019
The South Australian Government has released the Report into the Mental Health Governance in South Australia, and its Interim Response, for consultation. The purpose of the review was to ensure the most effective governance and safeguards are in place to deliver the highest quality mental health services for all South Australians. The recommendations include changes to the structure and reporting lines within the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Mental Health Strategy Unit in the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

 
Complete the survey here
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Data Feedback
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is seeking feedback about the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services (AODTS) and what treatment outcomes are important to consumers and the carers. 
The AODTS collects data about alcohol and other drug treatments via the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS). Data is collected from government funded alcohol and other drug treatment services. It contains anonymous information about alcohol and other drug treatment services, clients who use these services, the drug issues for which treatment is sought, and the types of treatment provided. The AODTS NMDS is collecting feedback from consumers and clients about treatment and how data was collected regarding the progress of their treatment.

 
Complete the survey here
Community Forum: Review of Mental Health Governance in South Australia
Thursday April 4 2019
11.30am - 1.00pm
Adelaide Pavillion, Veale Gardens

On Thursday 4 April (tomorrow upon the publishing of this edition) there is a community forum being hosted at the Adelaide Pavillion. The purpose of the forum to provide an opportunity for community members to provide feedback about the governance of public Mental Health Services in South Australia.
See the SA Health
website for more information.
Find out more here
Health & Diabetes Expo 2019
Saturday April 6 2019
10.00am - 4.00pm
Wayville Showgrounds

This new Health & Diabetes Expo launches with a jam-packed program featuring leading health and diabetes exhibitors, celebrity cooking demonstrations, interactive technology, entertaining performances and engaging expert Q & A panels. HCA will be participating in one of the panel conversations. 
Showcasing the latest products and health services with activities to get involved in throughout the day and prizes to win, it promises to be a fun and informative event.
This event is brought to you by Diabetes SA and is hosted by Amanda Blair and Coast FM radio. This is a free event. 
Find out more here
Private Health Insurance: explaining the changes webinar
April 16 2019
12.30pm -1.30pm

On April 1, 2019, private health insurance begin the most extensive changes in recent years. The changes are designed to make private health insurance choices easier to make and help people choose cover that best suits their needs.
In this webinar, our expert panel, including David McGregor, Director, Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, will explain the changes and provide an opportunity for members to ask clarifying questions.
Note: this is an event for members and reps only
Find out more here
Generation Next: The Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People
Friday 26 July 2019
Adelaide Town Hall

Generation Next are a not-for-profit providing education and information to protect and  enhance the mental health of young people. Their objective is to raise community awareness of mental illness through increasing mental health literacy, reducing associated stigma and positively influencing individual and community behaviour to improve the mental health of young people.
Leading experts deliver up to date, authoritative information. A practically oriented, multi-disciplinary approach to common issues impacting the wellbeing of young people.
Find out more here
New Code, laws and website for the HCSCC
There have been some changes at the Health and Community Service Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). On 18 March 2019, South Australia implemented the Code of Conduct for Certain Health Care Workers which replaced the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners.
Read the HCSCC’s news release
here. Read more about the code of conduct, click here.

You’ll also notice that the HCSCC has a new website, which the Health Consumer’s Alliance was consulted on. The new website is easier to navigate, provides clearer information and is consumer tested. Go check it out!
Find out more here
Pelvic Mesh Clinic Consumer Visit
The South Australian Trans Vaginal Mesh Consumer Advisory Group visited the newly opened multidisciplinary Pelvic Mesh Clinic that is now available at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, providing comprehensive health care for women experiencing complications related to pelvic mesh implants.
Clinical experts are available at the clinic to assist patients with specialist surgical advice, pain management, continence management, pelvic floor physiotherapy, urogynaecology, psychology and urology assessment as required.
Find out more here


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