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Blogger Tutorial

If you're interested in participating in HCCA's blog, please use the following instructions to create a Blogger.com account.

 

This video tutorial is provided by Blogger.com, and will explain, step-by-step, how to create your own Blogger account.

 

 

Follow other blogs

With the Blogger Following feature you can keep track of the blogs you follow via your Reading List on the Blogger dashboard. There are several ways to become a follower of a blog. One of the easiest ways is to visit a blog that has added the 'Following' widget, ad then follow these steps:

  1. Click the FOLLOW THIS BLOG link under the 'Followers' widget.

    following blogs


  2. You'll then see a pop-up window with the options to either follow publicly or anonymously.

  3. settings for following blogs


  4. Select how you'd like to follow the blog, then click the orange FOLLOW button. You're now a follower of the blog! If you chose to follow the blog publicly, your profile picture will be displayed on the blog with a link to your Blogger profile.
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  6. When you become a follower of a blog, the blog will also be added to your Reading List on your Blogger dashboard. Additionally, you can become a follower of any blog or URL (even if the blog doesn't have the 'Followers' widget) by adding the blog to your Reading List on the dashboard.

Training

Health Care Consumers' Association of the ACT (HCCA) provides training for people interested in becoming consumer representatives. The training is free and conducted in a relaxed atmosphere. People share their views and experiences of health services in the ACT, and learn about consumer participation and how it benefits the health system. Participants meet experienced consumer representatives and hear about the consumer representative role first hand.

 

Excerpts from training evaluations:

 

"Speakers engaged the trainees at their level - exchanges between equals - which meant that there was no barrier to the absorption of the information by the trainees." 

 

"Hayley's presentation on Day 2 was inspirational."

 

"Great session - great objectives and session outlines." 

 

 

The training consists of four modules across two days:

 

  • Module 1- Understanding the Representative Role:
    This module includes discussion on consumer participation and consumer rights, the roles and responsibilities of being a representative and consumer representatives stories.
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  • Module 2 - Diversity in Representation:
    This module looks at networking and how to obtain consumer views. It provides tools to enhance your representative role and how HCCA can support you in the role. It outlines the nomination process and guidelines for representation
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  • Module 3 - Committee and Presentation Skills: This module looks at how committees work and provides information about the different committees in the ACT health sector. Learn how to prepare for meetings, get noticed and how to put your case and influence the agenda.
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  • Module 4- The Context for Representation - HCCA and ACT Health:
    This module explains how HCCA works and how members are involved, it looks at the ACT Health system, the current consumer priorities in ACT Health and how decisions are made in the system.


The training course runs several times per year, in March, May/June and September. If you would like more information about the training or to register your interest contact the office on 6230 7800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Photostrip for training

Committee Vacancies

Calvary Patient Safety Committee


This high-level committee provides oversight of the safety, appropriateness, effectiveness, quality of both inpatient and outpatient services at Calvary Hospital. This committee aims to ensure that services are consumer focused and there is equity of access to clinical services. This committee also monitors and identifies opportunities to reduce or prevent harm to patients. For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at Calvary Hospital.


Requirements 
As this is a high-level committee, the successful nominee will be an experienced consumer representative with a demonstrated knowledge of patient safety issues for both inpatient and outpatient services in a hospital setting.

Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015. As this is a high-level strategic committee, all nominations will be assessed by the HCCA Executive Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

Divisional Women Youth and Children Quality and Safety Committee


This high-level committee aims to achieve a high culture of quality and safety within the Division of Women, Youth and Children. This committee responds to recommendations arising from Clinical Review Committees and Mortality and Morbidity Committees, high-level clinical incidents and risk assessments, complaints, compliments and other consumer feedback mechanisms and clinical audit activities. This committee also builds capacity across the Division to ensure services meet and exceed quality and safety standards. For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets on the first Monday of every month from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at the Canberra Hospital.


Requirements 
The successful nominee will have an interest and some background knowledge of this area of health.


Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

 

 

Women, Youth and Children Unit Community Health Programs (WYCCHP) Quality and Safety Committee

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This committee aims to monitor and improve the standard of clinical care for Women, Youth and Children Unit Community Health Program (WYCCHP) clients through effective structures, systems and processes. They discuss issues of risk and safety and quality of patient care for all of the Programs.

 

The WYCCHP includes a wide range of services:
• Women’s Health Services that target vulnerable women with a view to providing routine health care (such as Pap smears) and supporting women to link with a mainstream GP; alongside counselling.
• Maternal and Child Health Services (MACH) offer services for all parents and their children from birth to 5 years including developmental assessments and graded support for parents based on the family needs.
• School-based immunisation and kindergarten screening.
• Audiometry services for children.
• A small team of School Youth Health Nurses who work in some of the public high schools in the ACT.
• Healthcare Access at School which is a service supporting children, with health care needs, to attend public schools.
• Asthma Educators.
• Social work support for parents of young children.
• Physiotherapy with a focus on the immediate postnatal period (mother and baby).
• Orthoptist – secondary vision assessment and interventions for young children.
• Nutrition family-focused support during pregnancy and early childhood.
• A forensic medical service for children that sits alongside a counselling service and works closely with Care and Protection Services in the ACT and NSW.
• A Child Protection Training team who focus on ensuring Health personnel know how to meet their legislated obligations to keep children safe.
• Community Paediatrics and Child Health Service who offer secondary medical care to children, especially related to developmental concerns.


For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the ACT Health building in the City.


Requirements
The successful nominee will have an interest and some background knowledge of this area of health.


Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

 

Maternity Quality and Safety Committee


This committee aims to improve the standard of care through the promotion of a culture of quality and safety within the Maternity Service. This committee reviews and monitors safety and quality activities, acknowledges and responds to risk and endorses clinical policies and Standard Operating Procedures. For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Canberra Hospital.


Requirements
The successful nominee will have an interest and some background knowledge of this area of health.


Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 26 June 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

 

Paediatric Quality and Safety Committee


This committee aims to improve care delivery for children and young people at the Canberra Hospital. This committee monitors quality and safety data and activities, considers all recommendations from other areas of the hospital that may impact on Paediatric services and implements recommendations arising from the review of adverse events. This committee also acknowledges and responds to risk and plays a role in policy development. For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Canberra Hospital.


Requirements
The successful nominee will have an interest and some background knowledge of this area of health.


Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

 

Neonatology Quality and Safety Committee


This committee aims to promote a culture of quality and safety within Department of Neonatology, improve standards of clinical care and monitor the outcomes of clinical practice. This committee reviews the structures, systems and processes that impact on clinical practice, patient outcomes and performance. This includes reviewing and monitoring safety and quality improvement activities within the Department, maintaining a register of risks and recommendations and monitoring trends in patient centred care activities such as redesign, and consumer feedback including healthcare surveys. For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Canberra Hospital.


Requirements
The successful nominee will have an interest and some background knowledge of this area of health.


Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

 

Walk-in Centres Clinical Advisory Group

 


This committee provides strategic direction for the Walk-in Centres at the Belconnen Community Health Centre and the Tuggeranong Community Health Centre. It is responsible for reviewing and recommending changes to key performance indicators, risk management, adverse events, clinical policy, occupational health and safety, and quality assurance projects and accreditation. For more information on the business of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.


Meeting Details
This committee meets quarterly. There are two more meetings scheduled for 2015 as follows: 
• Thursday 20 August from 9:30am to 11:00am at the Tuggeranong Community Health Centre 
• Thursday 19 November from 9:30am to 11:00am at the Belconnen Community Health Centre


Requirements 
The successful nominee will have consumer experience using the services at any of the Walk-in Centres. Ideally, the committee are looking for a consumer between the ages of 20-25 and/or with children between 6-8 years old. If you are interested in applying but do not fall into these criteria, please submit a nomination form anyway. The successful nominee will be joining the committee alongside another HCCA consumer representative.


Nominations 
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015. All nominations will be assessed by the Consumer Representatives Program Steering Committee against the selection criteria. Please see the nomination form here for more details.

 

 

Conference Sponsorship Positions

 

COTA’s Gender and Ageing National Policy Forum

 

This one day event will explore the different experiences of ageing that men, women, transgender and intersex people have, and look atwhat it takes to ensure that the genders are equally well prepared for having the best possible experience in later life. More information here: http://www.cota.org.au/australia/Events/2015/gender-and-ageing-cota-australia-national-policy-forum-2015.aspx

 

Date: 2 July 2015 (1 day only)

Venue: National Press Club, Canberra

Time: 9am-5pm

 

HCCA Sponsorship Details:

 

HCCA will be sponsoring one consumer representative to attend this forum. The sponsorship includes registration and transport assistance if required. The successful nominee will be required to complete an informal written report with one month after the conference to share some key points with other consumers.

 

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please submit an expression of interest via the HCCA website here. Nominations close on Friday 19 June.

 

Consumer Representatives Program

The Consumer Representatives Program is a focal point for both consumer groups and government for the nomination, training and support of consumer representatives. It provides skilled representatives to more than 50 committees across the ACT health system.

 

The Program provides training, policy support and resource materials for consumer representatives, establishes channels for representatives to feedback to the community and identifies potential nominees for committees and advisory boards.

 

Why a consumer representative?

 

Representatives are people who use healthcare have particular knowledge not otherwise available to policy makers. They ensure health service users have input into policies and direction and remind committee members that the public interest is of primary concern.

 

What is a consumer representative?

 

A consumer representative is someone who is endorsed by the Health Care Consumers' Association of the ACT (HCCA) to represent the views and interests of health consumers.

 

HCCA consumer representatives have experience of health services primarily as consumers of services. They commit to being well informed about relevant health issues and representing a broad range of consumer views by ensuring they are accountable to others through HCCA and/or other community groups.

 

For more information about consumer representation click to the Consumers' Health Forum of Australia (CHF)http://www.chf.org.au/ . Health Care Consumers' Association of the ACT Inc is a member of CHF, which is an independent member-based non-government organisation providing a national voice for health consumers.