HCCA is the peak health consumer advocacy body in the ACT, supporting and developing health consumer perspectives and policy in the Territory for over 30 years. HCCA is an organisation through which everyone can participate in policy, planning and service decisions that affect their health. HCCA works to improve the quality and availability of health services, supports consumers to identify shared priorities about health and represents these views to the ACT Government.


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  • icon Canberra's New Minister for Health: Simon Corbell MLA is no stranger to the health portfolio having held the role in the mid-2000s but this time he will notice a difference.It is going to be a very challenging time for the new Minister.We are seeing increasing pressure on our public health system, with increased number of people accessing emergency departments and outpatient services.There is uncertainty at the national level with the proposed introduction of policies that will undermine our universal health care system. This will… 1 week ago
  • icon Health Issues Group Blog Post: COTA Transport forum by Nicholas Wales: Health Issues Group Blog Post: COTA Transport forum by Nicholas WalesJane Thomson from Council on the Ageing (COTA) came out to HCCA on the 13th of November 2014 to present an insight to COTA’s study on how older people in the ACT travel and transport options.In 2013 COTA ACT conducted research on how older people in the ACT travel. The aim was to find out how older people in the ACT travel and to identify and explore the issues to recognise potential solutions/improvements.443 people responded… 3 weeks ago
  • icon Conference Report SYMPOSIUM ON POPULATION AGEING AND AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 11 November 2014 by Kay Henderson: SYMPOSIUM ON POPULATION AGEING AND AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 11 November 2014BackgroundThe Symposium was sponsored by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research (CEPAR).  The Symposium was held in conjunction with an Annual Meeting of FSSA that included a book launch and a lecture on income contingent loans by Prof Bruce Chapman, both held after the Symposium closed and each of which… 3 weeks ago
  • icon Medicare Local: Future Thinking Symposium : “whole system working” Consumer Representative Conference Report Bernard Borg Caruana: Medicare Local: Future Thinking Symposium : “whole system working”Friday 17 October.By Bernard Borg CaruanaIntroduction:   Whole of Systems Thinking‘Whole system working’ is a radical way of thinking about change in complex situations.  To solve some of our most challenging health and wellbeing issues, we will sometimes have to look outside of health for some of the answers. They are beyond the ability of any one agency or individual to fix. To drive better outcomes and get… 3 weeks ago
  • icon 7th Annual ACT Tobacco and Other Drug Sector Conference 2014 -Report By Susan Westwood: Delegate:  Susan Westwood, Health Care Consumers RepresentativeProgramWhat is the drug policy?TopicsE-cigarettesDrug drivingNew psychoactive substancesMedical CannabisWhat is the Problem?PreambleA lot of theoretical ground on the conference topic was covered by the speakers at this conference, the majority of whom had academic backgrounds.  Many important questions and issues relating to drug policy were raised by the speakers, and by the delegates who had the opportunity to discuss and… 1 month ago
  • icon An interesting article on the possible effects of the GP co-payment and how it is effecting health services in Adelaide. How do you think the GP co-payment will effect ACT Health Services? http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/gp-copayment-alarm-as-serial-patients-plague-royal-adelaide-hospital/story-fni6uo1m-1227006523050?nk=12b3d50f0b51a23361d9b35c81fd2544 5 months ago
  • icon Yesterday HCCA Co-hosted with ACT Medicare Local a Consumer workshop on the role the new Primary Healthcare Networks (PHNs) and how to improve consumer engagement in PHN and primary healthcare it was great to have such a big group of consumers to discuss key issues! What role do you think PHNs should play in primary health care? 5 months ago
  • icon Our Consumer Representative Program Coordinator Caitlin Stamford is excited about Consumer Representative Training tomorrow! Here she is getting ready! 5 months ago
  • icon A new exciting tool for consumers!The healthdirect Symptom Checker is an online tool for consumers to check their symptoms and get trusted information and advice on what to do next. It is not a diagnostic tool or substitute for face to face care. The Symptom Checker assists the user to work through their symptoms and determine the best course of action for treatment. This is especially helpful out of business hours if their local GP is not available and its not an emergency but they need health advice on what to do! What do you think? http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool?symptom=GNRC 5 months ago
  • icon Interested in out of pocket costs in health care? Consumers Health Forum have published a series of articles on health financing and the costs of health care . Well worth reading. #mustread 5 months ago