HCCA response to the ACT Budget 2013

The ACT Treasurer brought down the ACT Budget today in the Legislative Assembly. The Chief Minister said today that it is a measured and responsible budget, avoiding the need to slash and burn and they have struck a good balance between core service delivery and commitments made last year. We are pleased to see growth funding for public health services and that they are continuing…

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

After more than six months working with HCCA’s Health Infrastructure Program team, conducting information sessions and engaging with the community, I recently had a chance to take a step back and reflect on some of the learnings that have been generated through this process.   One of the key concerns of many community groups that…

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Consumer Health Forum Workshops – Informed Consent & Quality Use of Medicines in Hospitals, March 2013

On the 25 and 26 of March, the Consumer Health Forum held two workshops; one on informed consent and the other on quality use of medicines in hospitals. Joanne Baumgartner, a HCCA member, attended on both days. Joanne completed this report to share with other consumers. Workshop 1:  Informed Consent This followed on from a previous workshop on…

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Health Activism & the Knowledge Society: Engaging Consumer/Citizens in Shaping Health

We are partnering with the University of Canberra to complete a research into the effects of health care consumer and citizen engagement in health policy. Assoc Prof Anni Dugdale competed interviews with key informants in November and December last year and is working through documentary evidence.  The preliminary findings will be shared at a conference…

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