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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

Division of Critical Care Executive Committee

This is high-level committee provides leadership, direction and management for the Division of Critical Care, including the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department at The Canberra Hospital. This committee aims to maintain working relationships between other areas of the Canberra Hospital and other health services, and provides an opportunity for senior staff to identify issues, tasks or suggestions. For more information on this committee, please see the Terms of Reference above.

 

Meeting Details:

This committee meets monthly at the Canberra Hospital from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Please see below for a list of proposed meeting dates for the rest of the year.   (Monday 19 May,  Monday 30 June, Tuesday 29 July, Tuesday 26 August, Tuesday 30 September, Tuesday 28 October,  Tuesday 25 November) 

 

Requirements:

As this is a high-level committee, all nominees must demonstrate a good understanding of meeting procedures and have relevant consumer experience in this area in health. Please note this does not exclude new consumer representatives. The committee expects all members to provide necessary feedback to and from the committee, prepare for meetings by reading papers and considering issues, consulting where required and participate in meeting discussions and decision making.

 

Nominations:

Nominations close Tuesday 22 April 2014. Please see below for a list of required competencies for a Consumer Representative. Please keep these in mind when completing the nomination form.

 

 

Canberra Region Prevocational Management Committee (CRPMC) Education Subcommittee

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This committee provides advice about appropriate education and training for junior doctors in the ACT. This committee will advise on partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including Universities and professional Colleges, to enhance medical education programs and foster greater sharing of information. For more information on this committee, please see Terms of Reference above. 

 

Meeting Details:

This committee meets four times per year. The second meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday 6 May 2014 from 5.00pm to 7:00pm at the Canberra Hospital. Future meeting dates will be decided at this meeting.

 

Requirements:

This committee has no special requirements.

 

Nominations:

Nominations close Tuesday 22 April 2014. Please see below for a list of required competencies for a Consumer Representative. Please keep these in mind when completing the nomination form.

 

 

ACT Medicine Advisory Committee (ACTMAC)

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ACT Health and Calvary Health Care ACT have made an overarching agreement to improve internal medicine services for the ACT and the surrounding region. This high-level committee will provide strategic advice to all the relevant stakeholders concerned with the delivery of physician based medical services with the ACT and the surrounding region. For more information on this committee, please see Terms of Reference above. 

 

Meeting Details:

 This committee will meet monthly. The meetings are held every third Thursday of the month from 9:00am to 10:00am. The meeting venue will alternate between the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital. The first meeting on Thursday 15 May will be held at Calvary Hospital. 

 

Requirements

 As this is a high-level committee, all nominees must demonstrate a good understanding of meeting procedures and have relevant consumer experience in this area in health. Please note this does not exclude new consumer representatives. 

 

 

Nominations:

Nominations close Tuesday 22 April 2014. Please see below for a list of required competencies for a Consumer Representative. Please keep these in mind when completing the nomination form.

 

 

National Capital Private Hospital (NCPH) Quality/Risk Management Committee 

This high-level committee is the co-ordinating, advisory and steering body for quality improvement and safe practice activities in the National Capital Private Hospital. This committee will oversee the accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Service Standards as well as development projects for the hospital. For more information on this committee, please see Terms of Reference above.

 

Meeting Details 

 This committee meets every second month. The meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the National Capital Private Hospital. 

 

Requirements 

 As this is a high-level committee, all nominees must demonstrate a good understanding of meeting procedures and have relevant consumer experience in this area in health. Please note this does not exclude new consumer representatives. 

 

Nominations:

Nominations close Tuesday 22 April 2014. Please see below for a list of required competencies for a Consumer Representative. Please keep these in mind when completing the nomination form.

 

The Canberra Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee

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This high-level committee assists health care professionals in the consideration of ethical issues and decisions related to their clinical practices. This committee also assists patients, their relatives and advocates in resolving individual or general concerns about ethical aspects of clinical practice. The committee makes recommendations on issues of health law, ethics and human rights for individual patients. For more information on this committee, please see Terms of Reference and ‘Information for Consumers’ document above.

 

Meeting Details

 

This committee meets every second month, and emergency meetings can be called with very short notice. The committee’s regular meetings are held on the third Friday of the month from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Canberra Hospital. Consumer representatives on this committee do not receive the usual reimbursement, but instead are remunerated for their time at a much higher rate. The successful nominee will be joining this committee alongside another HCCA consumer representative.

 

Requirements

 

As this is a high-level committee, all nominees must demonstrate a good understanding of meeting procedures and have relevant consumer experience in this area in health. Please note this does not exclude new consumer representatives. The successful nominee must be able to attend emergency meetings at very short notice.

 

Nominations

Nominations close Tuesday 22 April 2014. Please see below for a list of required competencies for a Consumer Representative. Please keep these in mind when completing the nomination form.

 

Required Competencies of a Consumer Representative

Consumer representatives must demonstrate the following competencies:

 

1. Ability to address issues from a consumer perspective and to honestly and accurately reflect a broad consumer view, rather than their own personal position;
2. Effective interpersonal skills, especially oral communication skills;
3. Good negotiation skills, to work with providers and consumers to develop solutions to problems;
4. An interest in health issues and recent and relevant experience of health services;
5. A knowledge of, or the ability to acquire knowledge of, the issues involved in the role to which they are seeking appointment;
6. Be capable of gathering, understanding and reflecting the viewpoints and concerns of consumers;
7. Received training on being a consumer representative delivered by HCCA or other relevant organisation, e.g. Consumers Health Forum; Mental Health Consumers Network, Breast Cancer Network of Australia
8. Have links to consumer organisations. People wishing to become an HCCA consumer representative must be financial members of HCCA for the duration of the committee.
9. Act with integrity and enhance the professional reputation of HCCA;
10. Work collaboratively with ACT Health Directorate and HCCA staff and members.

 

 

Sponsored Event Positions

There are no sponsored event positions at this time.

 

 

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.