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 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… 4 days ago
  • icon HCCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: HCCA’s Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 25 September at 3:00pm in the Griffith Community Hall. It was a magnificent event with a very strong turnout and I would like to thank to all attendees for their time and participation.We are very pleased to introduce our new Executive Committee as elected at our AGM. Our Executive Committee members are as follows: - Dr Sue Andrews – President - Dr Michelle Banfield - Vice-President - Hugh Crawford – Treasurer - Bill Heins - Member (for… 5 days ago
  • icon 7th Annual ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Sector Conference (ATODA) Conference Report by Kim Novack: 7th Annual ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Sector Conference (ATODA)Wednesday 24 September 2014                                     Summary: The ATODA conference comprised of approximately 115 delegates from a variety of ACT Heath Service Organisations, which included ten guest speakers. This conference was highly interactive… 6 days ago
  • icon The NDIS, Quality and Safeguards: Many of you many have heard about changes to funding of disability services in the ACT and nationally.You might have heard the term NDIS which stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme or the NDIA which stands for National Disability Insurance Agency (the Agency implementing the NDIS).So what is the NDIS?Here is some information from the NDIS FAQ pageThe NDIS is a new way of funding individualised support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability) that involves… 1 week ago
  • icon Conference Report Community Health: Making Accreditation Work for You By Sue Schreiner: Community Health: Making Accreditation Work for You  July-December 2014Workshop held 26 September at Canberra HospitalThe workshop went from 9am-4pm with half hour lunch break.There were 16 participants - all from Community Health (except me).The presenter was Sue Gilham whose background is in nursing but who now is a Surveyor with The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards(ACHS).  She trains other Surveyors and has been involved in training hospitals in India, Asia the Middle East… 1 week ago
  • icon An interesting article on the possible effects of the GP co-payment and how it is effecting health services in Adelaide. How do you think the GP co-payment will effect ACT Health Services? http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/gp-copayment-alarm-as-serial-patients-plague-royal-adelaide-hospital/story-fni6uo1m-1227006523050?nk=12b3d50f0b51a23361d9b35c81fd2544 4 months ago
  • icon Yesterday HCCA Co-hosted with ACT Medicare Local a Consumer workshop on the role the new Primary Healthcare Networks (PHNs) and how to improve consumer engagement in PHN and primary healthcare it was great to have such a big group of consumers to discuss key issues! What role do you think PHNs should play in primary health care? 4 months ago
  • icon Our Consumer Representative Program Coordinator Caitlin Stamford is excited about Consumer Representative Training tomorrow! Here she is getting ready! 4 months ago
  • icon A new exciting tool for consumers!The healthdirect Symptom Checker is an online tool for consumers to check their symptoms and get trusted information and advice on what to do next. It is not a diagnostic tool or substitute for face to face care. The Symptom Checker assists the user to work through their symptoms and determine the best course of action for treatment. This is especially helpful out of business hours if their local GP is not available and its not an emergency but they need health advice on what to do! What do you think? http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool?symptom=GNRC 4 months ago
  • icon Interested in out of pocket costs in health care? Consumers Health Forum have published a series of articles on health financing and the costs of health care . Well worth reading. #mustread 4 months ago