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Multicultural Festival 2023

2 March 2023

On Sunday 19 February, HCCA set up a stall at the Multicultural Festival. We talked with consumers about our organisation, and about their experiences and expectations of health care in the ACT. It was wonderful to see the festival run after a three-year break due to COVID restrictions.

Have you tested positive to COVID-19?

20 June 2022

If you are in the ACT region and have tested positive to COVID-19, you may want to speak with your General Practitioner (GP) or other medical specialist. You should do this as soon as possible if you are someone at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. This includes if you are:   aged 65 years and over and have […]

The Clinical Ethics Committee by Linda Powell

21 March 2022

Ever had a dilemma about the best course of action for treatment at a hospital?  It’s surprisingly common.  Or maybe not so surprising when you think of all the possible treatments and interventions that could be given, the variations in views and values of clinicians and those of patients and their families. I’m talking about […]

Consumer Issues during the ACT COVID-19 Omicron Outbreak – Visitor Restrictions in Residential Aged Care Facilities

13 January 2022

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this current outbreak, family members were regularly involved in the care of their loved ones in Residential Aged Care Facilities. It is well known that visitors provide crucial care and support to residents, including but not limited to social and emotional connection, support with day-to-day tasks such as eating, […]

HCCA Honorary Life Membership Awards

22 November 2021

Russell McGowan and Adele Stevens were awarded with Honorary Life Membership at the Annual General Meeting on 17 November 2021. This is a special form of membership which is bestowed upon any member who has made an outstanding and significant contribution to the organisation. The purpose of life membership is to recognise members who have […]

COVID-19: Impact on Canberra’s Social Fabric Speech by Darlene Cox

13 October 2021

Talk given by Darlene Cox at the ‘COVID-19: Impact on Canberra’s Social Fabric’ online forum on 12 October 2021. I am Darlene Cox, Executive Director at the Health Care Consumers’ Association. I acknowledge I’m on Ngunnawal Country and pay my respects to Elders past present and emerging leaders. The Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) is […]

Value Based Health Care Conference by Heather Warfield

30 June 2021

I was privileged to be sponsored by HCCA to attend, via Zoom, the Value-based Health Care Conference (VBHC) held in Perth held on 27 and 28 May 2021. VBHC is a very different way of delivering health care.  The goal of VBHC is to improve patient health outcomes while reducing the overall cost of healthcare. Globally, […]

Consumer Event Participation Reports: COTA Policy Forum, CHF Summit & National Medicines Symposium

29 June 2021

Some of our members have recently attended a number of different events including the COTA National Policy Forum, the Consumers Health Forum Summit, and the National Medicines Symposium. You can read about their experiences and learnings at these events below.   COTA Policy Forum One of our members, Priyanka Rai, attended the COTA National Policy Forum earlier this […]

Consumer and Carer Participation in Mental Health Services by Bianca Rossetti

15 June 2021

Bianca Rossetti is the Chair of the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network and member of the Canberra Hospital Expansion Project Consumer Reference Group. Bianca spoke at the Thank You event for Consumer Representatives at the ACT Legislative Assembly on 9 June 2021. Her speech is below:     Today I am going talk about consumer participation in mental health. I […]

The Value of Consumer and Carer Participation in Health Services by Dean Hewson

Dean Hewson is the Vice-President at the Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) and a consumer representative on a number of digital health committees. Dean spoke at the Thank You event for Consumer Representatives at the ACT Legislative Assembly on 9 June 2021. His speech is below: I’m pleased to be here on behalf of HCCA […]

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