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… 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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… 3 months ago
  • icon Building the levels of Health Literacy is an important part of the work we do at HCCA. Prof Richard Osbourne from Deakin University is one of many academics involved in this work. He gave a presentation in the UK late last year on the role of health literacy in providing answers to the quest to support people to take control of their own health and care. Well worth spending 45 minutes watching this! 1 month ago
  • icon Really useful list of things to think about before you have surgery. #SpeakUp 1 month ago
  • icon Do you have plans this Australia Day holiday? Big Red BBQ is a fun campaign bringing individuals, work places and organisations together to host a barbeque with your family, friends and colleagues in support of Kidney Health Australia. Host a BBQ with a twist! We challenge you to incorporate these 5 healthy ingredients into your everyday BBQ - Cherry, Polenta, Eggplant, Rosemary and Ricotta Cheese. You'd be surprised how easy it can be with a bit of creativity! So, why not do what you do best on Australia Day by hosting a Big Red BBQ whilst making a difference to Australians affected by kidney disease. http://bigredbbq2015.gofundraise.com.au/ 1 month ago
  • icon This Sunday is World Leprosy Day. World Leprosy Day helps to focus on the needs of some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the world – those affected by leprosy. It helps to tell the story to people who do not know that leprosy still exists and that it can now be cured. It also helps raise funds so that those with leprosy can be cured and cared for. For more than 50 years, on the last Sunday of January, thousands of people across the globe have stopped to remember those who suffer the horrendous effects of leprosy. In 1953, a great humanitarian, M. Raoul Follereau of France, proclaimed the first World Leprosy Day to call attention to the plight of the world’s millions of people affected by this ancient, devastating disease. Over the years, this observance has grown and more than 100 countries now participate in World Leprosy Day on the last Sunday in January. http://www.leprosy.org/world-leprosy-day/ 1 month ago
  • icon Good piece on episiotomies. An important issue to talk about! 1 month ago