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Wednesday 05 April 2017


Welcome to our latest newsletter. If you have any suggestions for what you'd like us to feature in future newsletters, send us an email.
                   HCA News 
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 out more and register here.
Consumer Advocates Network Meeting
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Registrations are open for the May Consumer Advocates Network meeting. The topic for the May meeting is medical records, followed by other meeting agenda items from 2pm. We encourage consumers interested in learning about the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) and My Health Record to attend. A light lunch will be served prior to the meeting at 12pm, You can find out more and register to attend here. 
Introduction to Consumer Advocate Training
Monday 29 May 2016
HCA provides training to consumers who have an interest in becoming health consumer advocates. This training aims to assist participants to become an effective voice as advocates, and be active contributors in shaping the health system in South Australia. Established consumer advocates can also participate in this training to refresh their knowledge. You can find out more, including details about registration here.
HCA's Tour of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital 
HCA’s Michael Cousins and Kathy Mickan had the opportunity to tour the newRAH last  Thursday. Both Kathy and Michael were impressed with the new hospital, which will provide 24/7 care for major complex multi trauma emergencies, stroke, acute coronary syndrome, and diagnostic and imaging services for all South Australians.You can view some of the photos taken on our Facebook page here. 
                   Events
2017 Public Health Week - This week 
Monday 3 – Friday 7 April 2017
This week is Public Health week, the theme is ‘Step up. Be Healthy’ which is focused around building a healthier community for all South Australians. Community events will be held around South Australia aimed at raising public awareness around health, you can find the full list of events here.
Modbury Hospital Rehabilitation Centre – Open Day
Saturday 8 April 2017
Consumers and community members are invited to attend the Open Day at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Modbury Hospital this Saturday. The Rehabilitation Centre is part of the $32 million investment in Modbury Hospital under Transforming Health, and will enable the hospital to double the number of rehabilitation patients seen each year. The Open Day will include tours and demonstrations of the new facilities, a sausage sizzle and face painting. You can find out more here.
Living Well with Pain: Consumer Symposium – Cancelled
Sunday 9 April 2017
The Living Well with Pain Consumer Symposium has been cancelled due to a small number of registrations.
Trauma Governance Framework and State-wide Model of Care project and a workshop
Wednesday 12 April 2017
4pm – 6pm
Consumers are invited to attend the Trauma Governance Framework and State-wide Model of Care Project and Workshop to be held at Pavilion on the Park. The aim of the Workshop is to commence the development of a Clinical Governance Framework and a State-wide Trauma Model of Care, to ensure that every South Australian who suffers major trauma are provided with the best care, first time, every time. To register email tony.stavrou@sa.gov.au
Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 September 2017
Registrations for the biennial Australian Palliative Care Conference are now open to anyone with an interest in quality palliative care. The conference will be held in Adelaide, and this year the theme is Connection with Community. The conference will provide the opportunity to meet and connect with clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers, consumers and others who have a passion for palliative care. You can find out more and register here.
                Consumer Opportunities 
Reducing the impact of Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice)
Closes: Tuesday 18 April 2017
The South Australian Government has established a Ministerial Ice Taskforce to develop policies that seek to minimise the impact of methamphetamine use in the community. They are seeking community input and ideas about how to prevent the take-up of ice, how to intervene early to minimise harmful impacts, and what treatments work for different levels of dependence/addiction. You can find out more here. 
Housing, homelessness and mental health
Closes: Monday 24 April 2017
The National Mental Health Commission is holding a consultation to build a better understanding of the connections between housing, homelessness and mental health. The commission invites consumers, carers, families and support people to share housing and homelessness experiences in relation to mental health. The purpose of the community consultation is to inform future policy, practice and research priorities. You can find out more and participate here.
The Child and Family Health Service enhanced Service Delivery Framework Project Expert Advisory Group
Closes: Wednesday 26 April 2017
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from consumer representatives who would like to sit on the Child and Family Health Service enhanced Service Delivery Project Expert Advisory Group. There are four consumer vacancies and it is anticipated that the group will run for 12 months, with meetings to be held bi-monthly. You can find out more here.
Review of the National LGBTI strategy and development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework
Closes: Friday 28 April 2017
Feedback is sought on the Review of the LGBTI Strategy and the development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework. Recent reforms in aged care place a strong emphasis on the concepts of greater choice and control being put in the hands of the consumer and the aged care system being accessible, equitable and inclusive for all older people. A key mechanism for achieving this is the development of a new Diversity Framework for aged care, which is scheduled to be released by the end of 2017. You can find out more here
Accreditation Systems Review
Closing: Monday 1 May 2017
The Discussion Paper for the Accreditation Systems Review has been released. It identifies and considers several issues under three broad themes that impact upon the current accreditation systems for health professions. The year-long review is being undertaken by Professor Michael Woods, a health economist from the University of Technology Sydney, for the COAG Health Council. Interested organisations and individuals are encouraged to make a submission. You can find out more and view the discussion paper here.
South Australia’s Mental Health Strategic Plan
Closes: 31 May 2017
The Mental Health Commissioner is seeking input on what to include in developing a Mental Health Strategic Plan for South Australia. The plan will provide direction for action plans, which aim to sustain and strengthen the mental well-being of South Australians. Feedback on the existing mental health system is welcomed along with ideas on what will help South Australian strengthen their mental wellbeing. The plan will also look at prevention, education, anti-stigmatisation and the provision of early support. You can join the online discussion and find out more here.
                News
CHF: Policy Briefing – Federal Budget 2017
Monday 15 May 2017

Consumers Health Forum of Australia will hold a webinar to summarise the 2017 federal Budget from a health care perspective. The webinar will look at key measures, and compare the budget to the requests made by CHF for health consumers in their 2017 pre-budget submission. You can register to attend here.
Mental Health Podcast: Episode 7 and 8
The Mental Health and Substance Use Research Group (MHSURG) of UniSA has released its 6th and 7th mental health series podcasts. These are conversations with local clinicians, consumers, carers and peer workers about good practice in mental health.  You can find out more and listen to the podcasts here
DASSA Community Partnership Program
Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA) has released its March 2017 Communique. It is available to read 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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