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Australian Medical Association: Revised Statement on Shared Electronic Medical Records

The Australian Medical Association Position Statement on Shared Electronic Medical Records - Revised 2016. This Position Statement is part of the eHealth suite of position statements and should be read in conjunction with the following Position Statements: Electronic Prescription Transfer Systems (2009), Technology-based patient consultations (2013), and Medical practitioner responsibilities with electronic communication of clinical information (2013). You can read more here


Consumer Consultation on Development of Digital Health Strategy

Closes: Friday, 6 January 2017

The Australian Digital Health Agency has contracted Consumers Health forum of Australia to organise a dedicated consumer focus group to attend a Digital Health Strategy consultation in Sydney on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. Successful applicants will be compensated for travel costs and sitting fees. The aim of the consumer focus group is to allow for a more in-depth discussion of what matters most to consumers and what they want a national digital health strategy to deliver for them. This focus group will build on the issues raised by consumers throughout the consultation period. You can find out more information here. To apply, email the completed EOI available below to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact Rebecca at CHF on (02) 6273 5444 with any further enquiry.


New RAH Update

The December edition of the New RAH Update is now available online here


Revised Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research (2016)

The National Health and Medical Research Council and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a revised joint statement reflecting the growing recognition of the place of consumers and community in health research. Find out more here.

The 7th International Carers Conference 2017: Call for Abstracts

Closes: Friday, 10 February 2017

The 7th International Carers Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention centre on the 4th –6th October 2017. The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way to support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities. The 7th International Carers Conference will bring together key stakeholders across a broad range of community and business sectors: policy-makers, community leaders, business leaders, researchers, grassroots advocates, practitioners, consumers and carers. Delegates will come from across Australia, across the Asia Pacific region and across the globe, along with national and international high-profile speakers; to engage in a meeting of minds. There are four thematic streams: innovation; partnerships; challenges; and new opportunities. You can find out more about the submission process here.


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2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference

2 – 3 February 2017

The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer is partnering with COSA to co‐host the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference. The Conference will bring together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from Australia, UK and US, to learn, to be challenged and to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by cancer.

The theme this year “Cancer Survivorship 2017: Pathways to better policy and practice” focuses our thinking on how we can translate the growing evidence in this area into day to day applications. The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the full flyer is available below.

2017 Cancer Survivorship Conference

Asthma Masterclasses 2017

Asthma Australia are offering free Masterclasses in 2017 to ensure that patients can live well and maintain good control of their conditions. The classes are available to educate patients on asthma, eczema and allergy & anaphylaxis. There is a special Kids Asthma Masterclass which is designed for parents and children to attend together. You can view more information and view the available dates for classes here.

25th National Conference on Incontinence

Registrations are now open for the 25th National Conference on Incontinence. This year’s conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. You can find out more and register for the conference here.

Headspace Woodville: SMART Recovery

Headspace Woodville has launched a free group program called SMART recovery. The program is designed for young people aged 16-25 with problematic behaviours, including addiction to alcohol and other drugs, cigarettes, gambling, Internet use and gaming, food, shopping, or anything else. The SMART Recovery group sessions will be held on Monday afternoons from 4 - 5.30pm starting Monday September 26th. To find out more visit the SMART recovery website here

Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training

Are you thinking about becoming a consumer advocate or would you like to refresh your knowledge?  

Our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session will give you information on the role, challenges and benefits of being a consumer advocate.

The sessions are interactive and based on adult-learning principles. Participants receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.

For more information see attached flier 

The upcoming training dates are:

  • Wednesday, 8 March 2017
  • Monday, 29 May 2017

The training is held at the HCA offices at Level 1/12 Pirie Street Adelaide.

To register for our next training session please fill out the Registration form below then email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to PO Box 2248, Adelaide 5000 and we will confirm your enrolment in the next available training session. 

Consumer Advocacy Training Flyer

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