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 Informed consent and challenges for people from CALD backgrounds: We held a meeting of our Health of Older People Consumer Reference Group on Wednesday . The area of focus was the experiences of care of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. We have members of the multicultural community participate in discussion and Yelin and Sandra from the HCCA team ran an excellent role play that showed us how difficult it is to make informed decisions about your care when you do not understand the language.Thank you to our colleagues from… 2 months ago
  • icon Reframing Primary Health Care for Older Australians: HCCA funds places at key events for our members to attend and participate in policy discussions. The most recent event was the COTA annual policy forum. This is a report from three of our members who attended. COTA Australia held their annual national policy forum at the National Press Club on 21 July 2016. It was an impressive line up of front line policy drivers in the field of primary health care for older Australians, a scenario that gets little traction in the media apart from the supposed… 2 months ago
  • icon Advertising by Chiropractors - AHPRA Forum 28 July 2016: On 28 July 2016 I attended a forum on Advertising that was convened by AHPRA and the Chiropractic Board of Australia in Melbourne. I was there in my capacity as a member of the AHPRA Community Reference Group.The purpose of this forum was to facilitate open communication of different perspectives on advertising by chiropractors and provide stakeholders with information to increase understanding of issues around advertising by chiropractors. There was discussion of the role of advertising by chiropractors… 2 months ago
  • icon A strong budget for healthy communities: ACT Budget 2016: Overall this is a strong health budget that continues to deliver funding to critical services for the ACT.The commitment to enhancing services for emergency departments and trauma services is much needed. The major announcements are:- Expanding Intensive Care ($4.6m over four years) to provide one additional bed at Canberra Hospital- Neonatal Intensive Care ($5.3m over four years) will include two additional neonatal cots. This was always part of the plan with the new hospital bringing on line additional… 4 months ago
  • icon Seniors Health Roundtable - 11 May 2016, Canberra: The ACT Government has an Active Ageing Framework that sets out the Government’s priorities for active ageing over the next three years. The framework articulates the Government's vision for all senior Canberrans to lead active, healthy and rewarding lives as valued members of our community. One of the guiding principles is the health care is affordable and accessible This means that health services are community based in addition to hospitals.HCCA had been advocating… 5 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/ 7 months ago
  • icon Rethink sugary drinks https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YtdEuhPxaFE 7 months 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. 7 months 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. 7 months 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 7 months ago