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HCA News and events

Film Screening: The Bleeding Edge

HCA Social Media Review

National Mesh Forum Summary

Country Health SA Awards

Response to the draft South Australian Clinical Genomics Plan 2022
HCA Training 

Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership Training May 21

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training May 29

Tailored Training Options

Consumer Advocate Vacancies 

Calvary Wakefield - Clinical Governance Committee

SAAS - Adverse Events Governance Committee 

RACGP - General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee
Have your say 

South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024

CALHN Adult Community Mental Health Model of Care

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Upcoming events

ACSQHC Consultation on National Safety and Quality Standards for Primary Care Services

SA Primary Health Care Conference 2019
Other news 

SA Pathology Update

Osteoarthritis of the knee decision tool

An Action Plan for Medical Devices
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 often without appropriate clinical trials. The screening will be followed by a panel with a question and answer session, afternoon tea will also be provided.
Seats are limited so make sure you book below!
Register Here
HCASA Social Media Review
What do you want to see on HCA's social media?
We're conducting a review of how we use our social media and we want your feedback!
As a small not-for-profit the connections we make with members of the community via social media are vital and we think we could be doing more for you and for us. We want to make sure our posts and content engage and educate consumers on topics that matter most to them. 
You can help by taking one minute to complete a quick survey!
Survey here
National Mesh Forum Summary - Consumer Summary
I attended the first National Mesh Implant Forum on 5/4/2019 in Melbourne. I was there with approx. 190 other injured men and women. What an experience! I didn’t really have an expectation of the day so I just took it all in. 
I really enjoyed listening to Senator Rachel Siewert, Dr George Angus, Danny Vadasz and Joanne McCarthy speaking. I really felt that these people cared for mesh injured people and wanted to do something about it.
I couldn’t say that for all the speakers at the Forum, but I learnt about the TGA and some of its workings. At the end of the talks there was a panel discussion. Lots and lots of questions but not enough time to have them answered. I felt that there could have been an entire morning spent just on asking and answering questions. There was only time as well for a small number of videos to be seen.  After lunch I attended “A collaborative Community Response”, workshop it wasn’t what I thought it would be but it was interesting. 
I think that for the first National Forum it was great! Meeting the ladies and putting faces to names was amazing. I am in awe of the strength of the ladies that were there, fighting through debilitating pain and still able to have a laugh, it shows that we are not just mesh injured but people.
Eunice Shimmin
Country Health SA Awards 
HCA was invited to attend the second annual Country Health SA Awards. These awards showcase and celebrate many of the innovative models of care and individual staff, consumers and other regional health staff (including GPs and contracted health professionals) working across Country Health SA.
This year there were over 70 nominations, 22 finalists recognised for 10 Award categories. The Awards included categories recognising Person Centred Care, Performance, People, Partnerships,  Populations and the First Follower Award – a new award recognising those who have achieved sustainable solutions by researching and applying best practice ideas and initiatives.  
HCA was pleased to be on the selection panel for the Person Centred Award – which recognised innovative and high performing health service models that deliver outstanding consumer experience and health outcomes. The winner of this Award was Country Stroke Services. This service provide access to 24 hour support from a neurologist via videoconferencing to help country health professionals to better assess the best care pathway for each patient and provide vital early intervention.
Response to the draft South Australian Clinical Genomics Plan 2022
HCASA recently submitted a response to the draft South Australian Clinical Genomics Plan 2022. Several recommendations were made to ensure that consumers were included in all stages of the development of the Plan from ensuring a person-centred approach be adapted to the Plan and that all individuals working within the field be literate on the expectations of consumer engagement. You can a copy of the response here
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. 
Consumers that are actively involved in consumer advocacy via a committee or other means should seek support to attend training from the organisation they are connected to. 
Email for more information. 
Find out more here
Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training
Wednesday 29 May 2019
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 first access to consumer roles that become available. 
Flexible payment options are available.
Email for more information. 
Find out more and register
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 for more information. 
Calvary Wakefield - Clinical Governance Committee 
Closes: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Calvary Wakefield Private Hospital are seeking a consumer to join their Clinical Governance Committee. The committee drives patient safety and quality across the facility and governance that supports the care that they deliver to the patients. 
A consumer with experience as a patient in a private hospital or alternatively one who has a family member or loved one in a private hospital is preferred. 
Expression of Interest
SA Ambulance Service - Adverse Events Governance Committee
Closes: Tuesday 30 April 2019
SA Ambulance Service is seeking two consumers to join their newly established Adverse Events Governance Committee. This committee has been established to provide governance, oversight and advice on the implementation of the fourteen recommendations contained in the report 'Final Report on Systems Factors relating to SAAS safety incidence in 2019'.
Expression of Interest
RACGP - General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee
Closes: Wednesday 24 April 2019
The General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee (the Coordinating Committee) has been established to provide oversight and input on issues relating to the implementation and assessment of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices as part of the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme. RACGP are seeking consumers to be a part of the coordinating committee to provide advice and feedback for GPs seeking accreditation. 
Find out more and submit here
South Australian Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024
Closes: Friday 19 April 2019
The Department for Health and Wellbeing routinely undertakes system planning to guide the strategic direction of the South Australian health system. The Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 - 2024 is a statewide, system-level strategy developed by SA Health to meet future health challenges. Consumers are encouraged to provide their feedback on the framework via an online discussion, survey or emailing feedback
Find out more here
CALHN Adult Community Mental Health Model of Care
Closes: Monday 6 May 2019
The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Adult Community Mental Health Model of Care describes CALHN's vision, values and guiding principles. It provides a description of the current services across CALHN mental health and the critical role that the tertiary Adult Community Mental Health services provide to consumers and carers. Version 1.0 is now available for consultation. 
If you wish to provide feedback, click on
SurveyMonkey or email CALHN here. 
Find out more here
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Closes: Sunday 30 June 2019
The Royal Commission are still taking public submissions until the end of June 2019. Submissions can be made for yourself or on behalf of someone else. We encourage consumers with any interest in Aged Care or the rights of the Ageing to complete a submission to ensure the consumer voice is central to this enquiry. 
Find out more here
Consultation on National Safety and Quality Standards for Primary Care Services
Friday 10 May 2019 12pm to 2pm
City Venue TBC

The Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) is consulting nationally to better understand the safety and quality issues experienced by patients in primary care. Workshops will ask participants to discuss the safety and quality issues for patients in primary care, and what needs to be in place to provide safe and high quality care. The information gathered at these consultative workshops will be used to develop the National Primary Care Safety and Quality Standards. 
Find out more and register here
SA Primary Health Care Conference 2019
Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre

The 2nd SA Primary Health Care Conference, hosted by Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 14 June & 15 June. 
The conference will explore the ongoing challenge of improving primary health care focusing on the themes of Integration, Innovation, Collaboration and Mental Health. 
Registration is free. For more information visit the website or contact 
Register here
SA Pathology Update
The State Government has released the PcW report reviewing SA Pathology titled Review of the commercial competitiveness of SA Pathology in a contestable market. SA Health has published a response to the report in which they outline key points and responses to recommendations. The review was ordered to determine how to make SA Pathology more efficient and cost effective using comparisons from comparative interstate services and private services within South Australia. The Department of Health and Wellbeing will conduct another review of SA Pathology in 12 months.
Find out more here
A decision support tool for consumers on osteoarthritis of the knee
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed a decision support tool for consumers on osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
The tool supports patients to make more informed decisions about their health care, and contains:
  • Evidence-based information about the main treatment options, including the risks, benefits & costs
  • Questions that patients may wish to discuss with their doctor or health professional
You can access a promotional poster for the support tool here.
Decision support tool
An Action Plan for Medical Devices
On 4 April 2019, the Action Plan for Medical Devices was released. The Action Plan is part of a three part strategy to:
  • improve how new devices get on the market in Australia
  • strengthen monitoring and follow up of devices already in use
  • provide more information to patience about the devices they use
You can read more about the strategy from the Therapeutic Goods Administration here.
Action Plan for Medical Devices

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