A consumer advocate is a member of a government, professional body, industry or non-governmental organisation committee who voices consumer perspectives and takes part in the decision-making process on behalf of consumers.
HCA offers support and training for consumer advocates and encourages applications from those with relevant experience to apply. All applicants for HCA consumer advocate opportunities, or where HCA endorsement is required (for example, CHF), must be HCA members, or members of a member organisation of HCA.
Consumer advocates are encouraged to apply for the following positions. Do not be discouraged if you are not successful the first time you apply as your application will assist us to know who might be interested when similar positions are offered in the future.
Statewide Clinical Networks have been established to increase the level of clinician and consumer involvement in the planning of health services. The networks aim to coordinate better delivery of services, improve health outcomes for all South Australians and ensure a strong, sustainable health workforce.
Statewide Clinical Networks - A Framework for Delivering Best Practice Health Care (PDF 147KB), released May 2007, is one of the strategies underpinning SA’s Health Care Plan and the ongoing reform of the health system.
The following position is currently available.
Statewide Clinical Network – Older People
Consumer Representative With A Dementia Focus
SA Health supports a number of Clinical Networks covering key strategic areas in health. There is a vacancy for a consumer representative for the Statewide Older People Clinical Network.
The Clinical Network has a leadership role to work with clinicians to support the Local Health Networks to implement the recommendations of the key policy document: The Health Service Framework for Older People 2009-2016 which sets out the government’s directions for health services for older people now and into the future.
The Network is led by a Steering Committee which meets monthly and has members from different clinical disciplines and different organisations.
The perspective of the consumer representatives is critical to the process of interpreting the way services are currently provided to older people and how the Clinical Network can influence services to make improvements.
In 2013 the focus of the Network will be the development of a health services plan for people with dementia. The Clinical Network would welcome a consumer representative who has experience of dementia, as a carer, relative, friend or consumer.
A/Professor Craig Whitehead is the Chair and Louise Heuzenroeder is the Network Development Manager for the Older People Clinical Network.
CENTRAL ADELAIDE LOCAL HEALTH NETWORK (CALHN) OUTPATIENT CLINICAL LEADERSHIP GROUP
SA Health Supports A Number Of Service Reform Activities Covering Key Strategic Areas In Health Including Outpatient Services.
There Is Currently A Vacancy For A Consumer Representative For The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Outpatient Clinical Leadership Group.
The Group Has A Lead Role In Working With Specialist Outpatient Services To Implement Key Policies And Service Improvements In Order To Deliver Improved Accessibility, Implementation Of New Models Of Care And Service Sustainability.
The Group Includes The Chief Executive Officer And Chief Operating Officer CALHN And Members From Different Clinical Disciplines And Work Streams From Within CALHN Specialist Outpatient Services And Meets Monthly
The Perspective Of The Consumer Plays An Important Role In The Process Of Prioritising And Planning Implementation Of Policy Implementation And Service Improvement.
The Focus Of The Group For 2013/14 Will Be Enhanced Service Delivery And Patient Care By Improving And Developing New Models Care For The Specialist Outpatient Services.
The Group Would Welcome A Consumer Representative Who Has Experience Within The Specialist Outpatient Service Environment, As A Consumer Or Carer.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HEALTH PRACTITIONERS TRIBUNAL:
CALL FOR CONSUMER PANELISTS
HCA Has Been Requested By The Minister For Health To Put Forward Nominations For A Panel Of Consumers To Represent The Interests Of Health Service Consumers On The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal.
The Tribunal Will Be Responsible For Hearing Disciplinary Proceedings Against Registered Health Practitioners Initiated By The Relevant National Board And For Appeals From Practitioners Against Decisions Of The National Board.
Each Tribunal Hearing Will Be Heard By Three Members Consisting Of Two Health Practitioners And One Consumer Member.
They Will Be Drawn From A Pool Of Respective Panellists From Each Category.
Tribunal Members Will Be Remunerated For Their Time.
This Is An Excellent Opportunity For Experienced Consumer Advocates From Diverse Backgrounds To Contribute To The Safety And Quality Of Health Care In South Australia.
In Order To Meet The High Standard Of Selection Criteria Required For These Positions A Written Expression Of Interest And Interview Will Form The Basis Of The HCA Selection Process.
Successful Applicants Will Be Recommended To The Minister For A Three Year Appointment To The Panel.