Wednesday 29 March 2017

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               HCA News 
Mental Health Forum
Wednesday 10 May 2017
HCA is hosting a forum to inform consumers about what the SA Mental Health Commission is doing, and what changes are taking place in mental health service provision. The forum is a follow up to the Mental Health Forum hosted by HCA in January 2016, where consumer feedback was sought about what consumers wanted from a Mental Health Commission. The 2017 forum will be held at HCA and will feature guest speakers Chris Burns, SA Mental Health Commissioner and Aaron Groves, Chief Psychiatrist. There will also be a stakeholder panel. You can register and find out more here. 
Focus group: Health Star Rating draft resources
Tuesday 11 April 2017
SA Health is developing some new consumer information resources about the Health Star Rating (HSR) System. HCA has been invited to host a consumer focus group to provide feedback on three new resources. The focus group will be held at HCA and light refreshments will be provided. Consumers will be reimbursed for their time. You can find our more and register here.
HCA's new membership form is online 
HCA has launched a new online membership form to improve the consumer's experience of the membership application process. The new online form will make signing up to become a HCA member easier, and will accept membership fees via PayPal (credit card) or direct debit. Signing up to become a HCA member supports HCA to achieve our vision of consumers at the centre of health in South Australia. You can view and sign up for HCA membership here.  
               Consumer Opportunities 
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 via an online survey. You can download the draft Implementation Plan and take the survey here. For further information, email
Survey: Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN), General Practice Liaison Unit 
Closes: Friday 4 April 2017
Consumer feedback is invited from the newly established General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The GPLU is a new patient care initiative to improve the coordination of care for South Australian children living with asthma and other chronic conditions. It aims to facilitate and strengthen communication and integration between the WCH and general practice. Consumer feedback is sought through a short online survey, available here.
Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN):  Health Literacy Committee
Closes: Saturday 15 April 2017
The WCHN Health Literacy Group (HLG) is looking to recruit a consumer representative. The HLG is responsible for developing a framework for the WCHN to ensure consumers are engaged in the development of health information and other activities. The HLG meets quarterly, and is co-chaired by a Consumer Representative. Currently there is a mix of 14 consumer, community and staff members. If you can provide up to two hours equivalent per month, attend a three hour business meeting four times a year, and have a passion for health literacy, please email your expression of interest to
SA Health’s draft Strategic Framework
Closes: Friday 21 April 2017
The SA Health’s draft Strategic Framework is aimed at supporting health and medical research in South Australia. The draft Research Focus 2020 document has been developed following extensive consultation with the South Australian health and medical research sector. Feedback on this document is now welcomed and will help determine what is included in SA Health's strategic framework, aimed at supporting health and medical research in South Australia. You can find out more here.
Disability Access and Inclusion Survey
Closes: Friday 28 April 2017
The government of South Australia would like to hear the experiences of people with disability about access and inclusion. They are seeking ideas and feedback on initiatives and models that could be used to make it easier for South Australians with disability to participate in community life. Essential to the success of these initiatives is the engagement of people living with disability in the design, development and implementation of programs, policies and services that improve participation. You can find out more here.
2017 Public Health Week
Monday 3 – Friday 7 April 2017
The theme for Public Health Week 2017, ‘Step Up. Be Healthy’, focuses on the physical as well as metaphorical steps that we can take as policy makers, Councils, communities and individuals, to build a healthier community for all South Australians. You can view the full list of events being held during Public Health Week here.
Preoperative assessment for elective surgery workshop
Tuesday 4 April 2017
The aim of the Preoperative assessment for elective surgery workshop is to develop a consistent, standardised approach to care. The workshop will be held between 2pm – 4pm at the Pavilion on the Park. To register or find out more, email  
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 given upon completion. You can find out more 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.
Living Well with Pain: Consumer Symposium
Sunday 9 April 2017
PainAustralia, in collaboration with South Australian healthcare consumer organisations, is hosting the annual Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. The symposium will bring the issue of pain management to the forefront for health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders in South Australia. If you live with pain or have an interest in this area of medicine, you can find out more here.
The Jamie Larcombe Centre: Providing specialist mental health services for Veterans
The Jamie Larcombe Centre will be established at Glenside Health Service Campus. The centre will become the new Veterans’ Mental Health Precinct, replacing the existing Ward 17 and ambulatory services currently located at the Repatriation General Hospital. Although the location of services will change, veterans will continue to receive the same high quality care. You can find out more here.
CHF Blog post: After the Colloquium: Connecting Consumers
The purpose of the colloquium, organised by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Mental Health Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance, was to provide the opportunity for consumers, particularly emerging advocates, to participate in a day of talking and listening about strengthening the role of the consumer in shaping health care. You can read more about the colloquium on their latest blog post here.
March 2017: New RAH Update
The March edition of the new RAH Update is now available. It includes a look at ‘Technical Completion’ and what that means.  You can view and download the update 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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