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Email: info@hcasa.asn.au
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Consumers at the centre of health
in South Australia

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has developed a 30 minute educational video for volunteers (and managers of volunteers) in the health/community/aged care sectors, due to their role and importance in providing care and information to the Australian community. This video provides an introduction to advance care planning, and the information our ACPA volunteers use to support people in their community with advance care planning.

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HCA calls upon health consumers in South Australia, as well as health consumer organisations, to help us have a stronger voice to inform our advocacy. We encourage you to become members of HCA. Your membership will help strengthen the influence of consumers in South Australia and nationally. It will also ensure that our unique and diverse perspectives continue to shape health policy, planning, research, service delivery and evaluation.

Individual members can sign up here.
Organisational members can sign up here.

The membership fee is small but your support via membership is priceless.

At Monday’s AGM we hosted four guest speakers, who presented on the importance of partnering with consumers for best practice health care.
Steve Wesselingh from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), spoke from the researcher’s perspective on consumer involvement in research.
Allison Willis from HCA spoke from the HCA perspective about our current partnership with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).
Grant Phelps from Central Adelaide Local Health Network spoke from the perspective of the Local Health Network, and the current partnership with HCA.
Lily Griffin from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) spoke about the WCHN experience of partnering with consumers and how WCHN has implemented their Consumer and Community Engagement Plan and the ongoing partnership with HCA.

Julia Overton indicated the presentations reflected best practice partnerships and the benefits of consumer involvement. We thank all our guest speakers and everyone who attended.

Partnering with consumers

Health Translation SA has announced the successful recipients of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Health Impact Grants. Congratulations to the those that were successful.
You can view the summary of grant recipients and their projects below. 
Health Translation SA is currently considering the process to allocate a further $4 million in MRFF funding over the next two years commencing 1 July 2019. More information will be available in December 2018. You can visit their website here.

MRFF RART Health Impact Grants

NPS MedicineWise and Dementia Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. The main resource is an information booklet, designed to help you:

  • plan a conversation about dementia with the people you choose, for example, your family and friends and health professionals involved in your care (eg, GPs, pharmacists, specialists, nurses)
  • find out about advanced care planning
  • find out what support is available to manage your symptoms
  • find information on what treatment options may be best for you
  • record details about symptoms, medicines, values and wishes when it comes to your care
  • find out about support services available to help you and those closest to you.

You can find out more here.

Over the past week, HCA has continued discussions with Politicians and other key stakeholders emphasising the importance of ensuring consumers remain at the centre of health care in South Australia. 

The defunding of HCA was tabled during last week's question time in the House of Representatives. You can view the transcript in relation to the de-funding of HCA below. 

Many of you have responded to the question we posed in last weeks eNews..."What does HCA mean to you"? We have published some of your answers below: 

''HCA supports consumers across a wide range of health issues and institutions''.
''HCA keeps me up to date with training opportunities, opportunities to participate in community consultations including health-related, YourSAy surveys, and a place to turn to for professional advice about my roles as a health consumer representative''.
''Without HCA I would not have the knowledge, skills, support, and access to opportunities that enable me to volunteer as an effective health consumer representative''.
If you have not yet shared your experience of HCA with us, we would love to hear from you. You can submit your thoughts here

QT 18 September 2018 Health Consumers Alliance

What have we been doing? 
Over the last week HCA has met with both the Minister and Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing. We had the opportunity to ask the Minister about his decision and will publish the meeting notes once they are endorsed by the Minister.
 
We also attended the SACOSS Post Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer and had the opportunity to ask a question in relation to the decision to cease support of HCA from 1 July 2019.
 
You may have seen HCA in the media, a full list of media mentions we have come across is available below. If you have seen something we have not included on our list please email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
HCA remains committed to working with SA Health to ensure that the consumer voice is heard at all levels across the health system.

What have you been doing? 
Last week we encouraged you to approach your local member of parliament, the Minister, Premier and Treasurer with questions.
 
We would like to hear if you have had any responses, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 8231 4169.
 
Some other questions you may want to ask could be: -

  • How will SA health services meet Standard 2 Partnering with Consumers national accreditation without HCA consumer governance support?
  • Who will train and support consumer and community representatives in local health services?
  • Who will provide the South Australian consumer voice in national health issues?
  • How will SA Health be accountable to South Australian consumers when they are making plans and decisions about state-wide health policy and services?

Given that the government has announced consumer and community engagement is now to occur through the new local governing boards, have the local LHNs received any additional funding for this purpose?
 
Your help in advocating for your independent peak consumer organisation is important in retaining the independent voice of South Australian Health Consumers.
 
We are compiling evidence about how having an independent consumer peak is important. Tell us how having HCA is important to you? Submit your quote here.

HCA DeFunding Media Mentions

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