The board was pleased to welcome our new sector representative, Danny Broderick to his first board meeting last night. Danny has worked in a diverse range of positions over four decades in youthwork, disability services community health and primary health services and public health. He has occupied senior and executive leadership positions and has led several organisational change strategies. He has worked in non-government organisations as well as in state and local government. He has led advocacy for progressive health policy and health reform including taking leadership roles in the development of health legislation in this state. He holds qualifications in social work and health economics.
Watch this space for the call next week for nominations for election of directors at our Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2018.
Thank you for the overwhelming messages of support received from individuals and organisations across the state and nationally. We need your help to retain the independent voice of South Australian health consumers.
The HCA Board met last night. We have now received written confirmation of the announcement we first heard in the Budget lockup last Tuesday. You can view the letter below.
The letter says consumer and community engagement is now to occur through the new local governing boards, who ‘might choose to partner with HCA’. The boards are established 1 July 2019. The Minister’s funding ceases 30 June 2019.
We have asked to meet with the Minister. We have questions for him. HCA wants to know:
1. Why has the Minister decided to stop funding the independent voice of South Australian consumers?
2. When government support for independent consumer voice is growing around the country, why is the Minister removing funding for South Australian consumers?
3. Who will gather and report on state-wide perspectives on SA Health issues? And make sure the people who are often not heard, are heard?
4. Who will support state-wide patient organisations when there are persistent and damaging errors that are not being fixed within local health networks?
We will let you know in next week’s enews what answers we get.
You might want to ask your local member of parliament, the Minister, Premier and Treasurer some questions too.
We encourage you to contact your local member. Current details of each electorates member of parliament are available below. If you are unsure of your electorate you can find out the name of your electorate based on your suburb below.
On Monday 30 July HCA hosted the South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS) Secondary Triage Forum. Twenty-eight consumers and carers who had received a secondary triage service when calling for an ambulance attended the forum to provide feedback on their experience. The forum provided an opportunity for consumers to discuss their expectations, share their experience of the service they received and their overall satisfaction. A summary report will be circulated to the participants and published in our eNews in coming weeks. The Forum is one component of a broader review and planning process for SAAS secondary triage services.
The Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA) is the product of the Health Ageing Research Consortium, which is a cross sectoral partnership of researchers, consumers, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups. HCA is a consortium partner and co-chair of the consumer engagement group. ROSA is a unique data resource that will support evidence-driven decision-making to improve the lives of all South Australians accessing aged care service. ROSA was designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in South Australia. You can view the first ROSA report below.
HCA, in partnership with Adelaide Primary Health Network and SA Health, held Advance Care Directives: A matter of love, rights and self-determination, on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The forum was recorded and is available to view
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released two consumer resources to assist and support women who are considering treatment options in regard to Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence. The resources were developed in consultation with women across the country, who shared their lived experience at meetings held around the country. You can download the resources here.
As the 2018 National Immunisation Program (NIP) seasonal influenza vaccines are now available from vaccination providers, the Commonwealth Government has developed a suite of educational and promotional communication resources for providers and consumers to support awareness and uptake of the vaccination. Links to the influenza resources can be found on the Department of Health’s website here.