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 ACT Dental Health Forum 28 March 2014: On the 28th of March HCCA hosted a Dental Health Forum.Yelin , Loretta Bettiens and the DHP teamThis was presented by Loretta Betteins, Director Dental Health Programs (DHP) and her team. Loretta, provided an overview of the public dental program which involves at combination of dentists, dental therapists, prothetists and technicians who make dentures. More recently this expanded to include the oral health and hygienist role. The DHP is a very busy service, taking 4000 phone calls per… 1 week ago
  • icon Tuggeranong Community Heatlh Centre: We attended the official launch of the Tuggeranong Community Health Centre on Saturday 22 March 2014. This is the new, refurbished health centre in the Tuggeranong Town Centre.Dr Peggy Brown and Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA unveiling the plaque (@ACTHealth Twitter feed).The Community Open Day provided an opportunity for members of the community to walk through the new facility.We had a stall on the second floor in the new area for renal dialysis. We spoke to consumers about after hours primary… 3 weeks ago
  • icon Speech at the ACT Health Consumer Representatives Thank You Celebration: I’d like to acknowledge the Ngnunnawal people on whose land we are meeting today and pay my respects to their elders past and presentI’m really pleased to be here today as HCCA President on this important occasion where consumer and carer representatives are recognised and acknowledged for their significant contribution to the ongoing quality and safety of health services in the ACT. Most are volunteers who bring a great deal of  experiential knowledge about their own and their families’… 2 months ago
  • icon The Australian Medicare Local Alliance - National Primary Health Care Conference: National Primary Health Care ConferenceGold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, November 13-15, 2013This conference was attended by over 1400 delegates from around the country and it’s overarching theme was “Keeping People Well and Out of Hospital.”As well as a national convention for Medicare Locals there were a number of pre conference workshops in the key areas of the ML population health focus such as Indigenous Health, a Mental Health Stakeholder forum, Coordinated Care for Veterans,… 2 months ago
  • icon Evidence base for needle and syringe program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre: Last week John Didlick, Executive Officer of Hepatitis ACT shared a series of links to articles and an interview on the evidence base for needle and syringe program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The evidence is compelling.   There is a 10 minute 2CC interview with David McDonald (ANU Fellow and Director of Social Research and Evaluation). Mr McDonald presents an evidence-based assessment of the merits of a regulated prison-based needle and syringe exchange program at the Alexander… 3 months ago
  • icon Have your say about your out-of-pocket costs in your health care! HCCA invites you to participate in a community consultation to inform the HCCA submission for the Federal Senate inquiry into out-of-pocket costs in Australian healthcare. Date: Tuesday 6th of May 2014 Time: 10:00am– 11:30am Venue: HCCA offices, ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett RSVP: Please RSVP to Eleanor Kerdo (eleanorkerdo@hcca.org.au, 02 6230 7800) by Friday May 2nd. Please provide any dietary requirements (light morning tea provided). Note: If you are unable to attend and would like to contribute to the submission please contact Eleanor. More information on the terms of reference for this inquiry can be found at; http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Australian_healthcare 11 hours ago
  • icon Are you someone who may have asthma or is a carer for someone who does? Asthma Foundation ACT and the Asthma Support Network (ASN) are running a survey until 2 May 2014 to better understand the needs and experiences of people with asthma in the ACT. The results from the survey will help the ASN develop strategies to best support people with asthma and their carers and families. To participate in this survey, click the link below! http://surveys.tnsglobal.com/wix/p1835059769.aspx 14 hours ago
  • icon The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) has developed a new website to improve access to evidence-based information on chronic pain for consumers and healthcare professionals. Go to: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/ 15 hours ago
  • icon Featured in yesterday’s Chronicle on page 15, was an article on body imagery and the health effects on young, teenage girls. Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) have developed a body image health promotion program aimed at teenage girls in Year 7 and 8 called Any Body’s Cool and focuses on educating young girls about positive body images and provides information on where to go to seek support. This program is permanently funded by ACT Health and covers topics from eating disorders to bullying and self-confidence. To read the full article click http://canberra.realviewtechnologies.com/?index=index.djvu and to find out more about Any Body’s Cool and how to request it for your school, visit http://www.mieact.org.au/node/65 1 day ago
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