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 Reflections on the First International Health Care and Social Media Summit 1-2 September 2015: Social Media, Fear and Self Interest and the Khumbaya effectI am still at that stage in my career where an opportunity to be a conference delegate very exciting. When Darlene Cox our Executive Director let me know about this conference I was pretty pumped. Part of my role along with Darlene and Khalia Lee is to manage our online social media presence, one that is steadily growing. As a fervent science communicator, and someone who just digs humanity and social change generally, I thing social media… 1 month ago
  • icon Book review: right of reply: We received the following response to our short review of the book An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Best out of the Health System. Our review was on our Newsletter in February and also on the HCCA blog.Dear Ms Kerdo,I read your review of my book with interest, and while I welcome the positive comments you made I was a little perturbed by your criticism of the language in my book, the misrepresentation of what I had written in the section of my book titled:… 1 month ago
  • icon Blacktown Hospital Tour: On Monday 15 February Darlene Cox, Kerry Snell and I drove to Sydney to visit the new Blacktown Hospital expansion. Peter Rophail the transition manager for Western Sydney Local Health Districtorganised and provided the tour just two days before the new building was to be handed over. This meant there was lots of activity throughout the building. We are very thankful of the time Peter gave us for the tour.Blacktown Clinical Services Building  Co DesignThe project won a gold medal, in the… 2 months ago
  • icon Book Review: An Insiders Guide to Getting the Best out of the Health System – Author Kate Ryder: This is an interesting resource, written by a Registered Nurse turned health advocate, who has also worked as a complaints officer at the Office of the Health Care Complaints Commission. The book does not shy away from looking at issues, risks and problems you run across as a health consumer.Some of the language I think is a little simplistic, and one section goes as far to say that if you treat your health team poorly it is your own fault if they treat you badly and your health suffers as a consequence.… 2 months ago
  • icon Update - University of Canberra Public Hospital: Invitation to the eventOn Monday 8 February HCCA staff attended the smoking ceremony and sod turning for the University of Canberra Public Hospital, the new rehabilitation hospital which is being built on the grounds of the University of Canberra. HCCA has been very involved with this project. Our involvement dates back to 2010 when we first proposed a sub-acute hospital to the then Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher.Since that time we have undertaken plenty of research, reading articles, attending… 3 months ago
  • icon "Each of us is a living, breathing, N of 1 researcher, a participant, and a clinician. Our physicians are there to help, but decisions about how we care for our own life-long illness is both our responsibility and opportunity." #mustread http://catalyst.nejm.org/patient-researchers-physician-consultants-confront-chronic-disease/ 1 month ago
  • icon Rethink sugary drinks https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YtdEuhPxaFE 1 month ago
  • icon The pressure on #Canberra emergency departments is well documented. The pressure is being felt in the UK too. Here's a story on the action taken by one hospital. As a point of reference, the Canberra Hospital has a very busy day when there are more than 250 people seen at the ED. 1 month ago
  • icon Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic illness today affecting more than 100 million worldwide. To help raise awareness of epilepsy and to show your support in our community, wear purple today!! For more information and where to find local support groups, check out the Epilepsy ACT website at http://www.epilepsyact.org.au/ or call the national helpline on 1300 852 853. 1 month ago
  • icon Hello. With Marcus Paul from 2CC as MC, Monkey Moon beckons you to the Hellenic Club on 2nd April for a very special fundraiser with over $800 worth of Lucky Door Prizes which you can win. Can you please share on your page and with your friends, family and colleagues to help us fill the room? More details and limited tickets at www.trybooking.com/186434 Hope you can join in the fun. Thanks, Theona 1 month ago