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Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) : Media Releases

Evidence over anecdote needed in health
The CHF has released a media statement in response to the reports that the Australia Bureau of Statistics is considering cutting its patient experience survey. You can read the full release here.

A Payments System for the 21st Century
The CHF has welcomed the announcement of the development of a new digital payment system for health and aged care payments. You can read the full release here

Step in the Right Direction on Private Health Costs.
The CHF welcomes the announcement of cuts to the cost of medical devices as a welcomed first step towards containing costs of private health insurance. You can read the full release here.

National Carers Week

16 – 22 October 2016
This week is National Carers Week. National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation and provides you with a chance to show your appreciation and learn about carers and caring in Australia. There are many ways you can be involved, visit the website here to find out more.

SA Mental Health Commission: October eNews

The October update from the South Australian Mental Health Commission has been released. It includes details on how to provide your feedback on the development of the next Mental Health plan for South Australia. You can read the full update here.

Transforming Health update:

The latest video blog update from Professor Dorothy Keefe P.S.M is now available. The blog includes updates on the new Noarlunga Hospital Day Surgery Unit, construction of two new operating theatres at Noarlunga Hospital, the recently opened SA Ambulance Station on beach road and Noarlunga Hospitals Renal Dialysis Unit. You can view the video here.

Community Partnership Program: October Communique

The latest Communique from the Drug Alcohol Service SA Community Partnership Program is now available below.

DASSA: October Communique

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Every Generation Festival 2016

15 – 28 October 2016

The Every Generation Festival hosts over 250 community events across South Australia. Now in its 49th year, the COTA SA Every Generation Festival is the state’s largest, annual arts and community festival for older South Australians. You can find the full program of events and more information about the festival here.

Alcohol and other drug treatment outcomes forum

Thursday, 27 October 2016
Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA) and the SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS) are running a forum for people who are past or current clients of the drug and alcohol treatment services outlined below, or support persons of clients who have attended these treatments:

• Alcohol and other drug assessments
• Withdrawal management services
• Psycho-social interventions such as counselling
• Residential and non-residential rehabilitation
• Medication-assisted treatments

They are seeking to better understand what you consider are the desired outcomes of drug and alcohol treatment and to get your advice on how they should be measuring treatment outcomes.
To register for the forum, please send your name, email contact and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. RSVP by 21st October. For more information contact Alex or Jenni on 0466 480 811.

Prostate Cancer: Living well after treatment

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
The Prostate living well after treatment forum is hosted by the Prostate Cancer Health Outcomes Research Unit (UniSA) in partnership with the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative. This event is directed toward members of the general public and will focus on available supports for men with prostate cancer and their families. You can find out more and register online here  or phone (08) 8302 2609. The full event flyer is available below.

Prostate Cancer living well after treatment: Flyer

Asia-Pacific International Mental Health Conference

24 – 26 October 2016
The 12th Biennial Asia Pacific (AsPac) International Mental Health Conference brings together progressive thought leaders in mental health and related sectors to share experiences and contribute to an open forum to discuss what works and develop hopeful and effective recovery solutions for people and their families. You can find out more and register for the event here.

Ageing well

Sunday, 23 October 2016
As part of the 2016 Adelaide Festival of ideas, Ageing well will explore what older Australian really want and who should decide? You can find out more here

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