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 Launch of Healthpathways: Healthpathways was launched in the ACT and SE NSW by the ACT Health Minister, Simon Corbell MLA. Darlene Cox (HCCA, ED)and Sue Andrews (HCCA President) attended.A couple of excerpts from the Minister's speech are posted here. It gives you an idea of what healthpathways is about.If you want to know more you can also check our blog post about healthpathways from last year. 1 day ago
  • icon Cancer Voices Advocate in NSW Parliament: Kathy Smith was elected at the March 2015 election in New South Wales and is now the member for the Gosford Electorate.Ms Smith recently gave her inaugural speech in the Legislative Assembly. We have provided an excerpt from this speech for those people interested in           the consumer experience of cancer services and the why we advocate for improved access. While Ms Smith is talking about the Central Coast many… 1 week ago
  • icon Excerpt from Legislative Assembly Hansard - Health Priorities 2015: Health—priorities for 2015Ministerial statementMR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.29), by leave: Today I am pleased to speak about the continued investment this Labor government is making in the area of health services in the ACT and the importance we attach to maintaining this investment. The Labor government to date has delivered strong results for the people who use, rely upon… 1 week ago
  • icon ACT Health - Partnering with Consumers: Last week ACT Health underwent accreditation against the new national standards.I was invited to speak at the opening meeting with the surveyors. My speaking notes are posted here for the information. Throughout the week we had the opportunity to speak with the surveyors in more details about the work of the Health Directorate and staff at Canberra Hospital and Health Services about how they partner with consumers at three levels, as patient, consumers and as citizens.Darlene CoxExecutive DirectorThe… 1 week ago
  • icon Consumer Representatives Training: The Health Care Consumers’ Association will be running our next Consumer Representatives Training on Saturday 13 June and Saturday 20 June 2015 from 9am-4pm. This free two-day course provides you with the opportunity to nominate as a Consumer Representative on a health service committee and make a valuable contribution to improve health services. You will learn more about the ACT Health System from a consumer perspective and how to use this knowledge to make effective systemic change.The training… 1 month ago
  • icon Today is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD)! It aims to bring global awareness to differentiate all types of arthritis caused by diseases that affect the immune system. A virtual, online ‘race around the world’ to raise awareness and to connect the global community will be held on the WAAD website linked below! Check it out! http://www.worldautoimmunearthritisday.org/home.html 1 week ago
  • icon Are you interested in knowing more about how we can reduce unnecessary practices in the health system and which should be avoided? then check out Choosing Wisely Australia. 1 week ago
  • icon The ACT Government program of installing fitness equipment in public parks is continuing with an announcement on new equipment for #Tuggeranong. #Canberra 1 week ago
  • icon Today Health Care Consumers Association is at the Control & Choice Expo 2015 promoting Health Consumers Voice Participation, Navigating the ACT Health System, After-Hours Health Care Options & Advanced Health Care Planning, and much more.... 1 week ago
  • icon Today begins Spinal Health week, a national initiate to raise awareness from the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia! This year’s theme is ‘Live Better- We’ve Got Your Back’. To find out more, visit http://www.chiropractors.asn.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=149&Itemid=450 1 week ago