HCA Board Chair Debra Kay PSM is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Ms Julia Overton. Julia will commence in the role on 23 April 2018. Julia has spent the majority of her career working within the health system in South Australia, with a focus on the social determinants of health and equity. She is an experienced executive, having held senior positions within primary health services and Local Government, as well as management experience in small business. You can read more about Julia below. Julia is looking forward to working closely with our members and partners, consumers and communities, to strengthen the position of consumers at the centre of health in South Australia.
Last week HCA welcomed a new team member, Ellie Hodges. Ellie has joined the team as HCA's Consumer Engagement Project Officer for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).
Ellie has more than 18 years of experience working in the community and mental health sectors as a practitioner, manager, educator, advisor, advocate and consultant. Most recently, Ellie has been working in her Counselling Private Practice and as a Lived Experience Advisor to the South Australian Mental Health Commission.Ellie will be working with CALHN to create and implement a consumer engagement strategy. You can read more about Ellie here.
Choosing Wisley Australia has released 15 new recommendations developed by three medical faculties and associations on healthcare practices that clinicians and consumers should question. with low back pain a common theme. Five new recommendations around pain management, including for low back pain and chronic non-cancer pain, have been developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. These recommendations offer the latest evidence-based advice on tests, treatments, and procedures that should be questioned by health professionals and consumers, and form the basis of their discussions on pain management. You can read Choosing Wisely’s media release here.
On 28 February 2018, the Hon Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), released his investigation report on the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility. The report highlights systemic failings in processes and oversight that allowed the events at the Oakden Facility to occur for more than a decade. HCA has prepared a summary of key findings, with a link to the full report, which you can view below. Anyone with concerns about people in care can contact the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, SA Police, or the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner. You can also phone the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.
HCA’s Acting Chief Executive Ellen Kerrins and Board Directors have met with representatives of six political parties to date, to discuss the HCA 2018 Election Platform:
The Hon Tammy Franks MLC, Greens SA
The Hon Dennis Hood MLC, Australian Conservatives
The Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, Minister for Health, Labor Party
The Hon Kelly Vincent MLC, Dignity Party
Mr Peter Vincent, SA-Best
The Hon Stephen Wade MLC, Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Liberal Party.
Key points from politicians, HCA members and stakeholders are noted below.
Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc is the state’s peak health consumer body. Our members, partners and consumer advocates have identified priorities for action to ensure consumers are at the centre of health in South Australia. They want health policy based on evidence, research and consumer input at all stages to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. You can find the HCA 2018 Election Platform and Background below.
Congratulations to the Clinical Governance Unit, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) on winning the award for Partnering with Consumers, Carers, and Community. Their work on the consumer-led fasting guidelines was recognised as a collaborative project between consumers and staff, which has improved the patient experience and reduced negative feedback about fasting by 60%. You can read more about this award-winning work and find out about the other award winners here.
The Government is expanding My Health Record for all Australians in 2018. The aim is to give all Australians control of their own health record, what it contains and how it is accessed. You also have a choice to opt out of having a My Health Record if you prefer. You can find more information below.
My Health Record legislation provides protections for the privacy of medical information in the system. It has bank strength security which ensures information is stored and accessed by only trusted connected health systems. You can find out about the security of My Health Record below.
The My Health Record system has been designed to enable individuals to control who can access their My Health Record or specific information held within it. Find out more about how you can control who accesses My Health Record below.