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 A strong budget for healthy communities: ACT Budget 2016: Overall this is a strong health budget that continues to deliver funding to critical services for the ACT.The commitment to enhancing services for emergency departments and trauma services is much needed. The major announcements are:- Expanding Intensive Care ($4.6m over four years) to provide one additional bed at Canberra Hospital- Neonatal Intensive Care ($5.3m over four years) will include two additional neonatal cots. This was always part of the plan with the new hospital bringing on line additional… 1 month ago
  • icon Seniors Health Roundtable - 11 May 2016, Canberra: The ACT Government has an Active Ageing Framework that sets out the Government’s priorities for active ageing over the next three years. The framework articulates the Government's vision for all senior Canberrans to lead active, healthy and rewarding lives as valued members of our community. One of the guiding principles is the health care is affordable and accessible This means that health services are community based in addition to hospitals.HCCA had been advocating… 2 months ago
  • icon Report from a Consumer Rep - Online feedback for users, carers and providers: Below is a report by Consumer Representative Bernard Borg-Caruana on a recent session he attended on online feedback for users, carers and providers.Online feedback for users, carers and providersThis session provided the challenges of gathering and publishing online feedback and recommended ways of increasing the potential of this avenue for users, carers and providers.Lisa Trigg of the London School of Economics and Political Science presented on online rating and reviews for care providers.This… 2 months ago
  • icon Reflections on the First International Health Care and Social Media Summit 1-2 September 2015: Social Media, Fear and Self Interest and the Khumbaya effectI am still at that stage in my career where an opportunity to be a conference delegate very exciting. When Darlene Cox our Executive Director let me know about this conference I was pretty pumped. Part of my role along with Darlene and Khalia Lee is to manage our online social media presence, one that is steadily growing. As a fervent science communicator, and someone who just digs humanity and social change generally, I thing social media… 4 months ago
  • icon Book review: right of reply: We received the following response to our short review of the book An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Best out of the Health System. Our review was on our Newsletter in February and also on the HCCA blog.Dear Ms Kerdo,I read your review of my book with interest, and while I welcome the positive comments you made I was a little perturbed by your criticism of the language in my book, the misrepresentation of what I had written in the section of my book titled:… 4 months ago
  • icon "Each of us is a living, breathing, N of 1 researcher, a participant, and a clinician. Our physicians are there to help, but decisions about how we care for our own life-long illness is both our responsibility and opportunity." #mustread http://catalyst.nejm.org/patient-researchers-physician-consultants-confront-chronic-disease/ 4 months ago
  • icon Rethink sugary drinks https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YtdEuhPxaFE 4 months ago
  • icon The pressure on #Canberra emergency departments is well documented. The pressure is being felt in the UK too. Here's a story on the action taken by one hospital. As a point of reference, the Canberra Hospital has a very busy day when there are more than 250 people seen at the ED. 4 months ago
  • icon Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic illness today affecting more than 100 million worldwide. To help raise awareness of epilepsy and to show your support in our community, wear purple today!! For more information and where to find local support groups, check out the Epilepsy ACT website at http://www.epilepsyact.org.au/ or call the national helpline on 1300 852 853. 4 months ago
  • icon Hello. With Marcus Paul from 2CC as MC, Monkey Moon beckons you to the Hellenic Club on 2nd April for a very special fundraiser with over $800 worth of Lucky Door Prizes which you can win. Can you please share on your page and with your friends, family and colleagues to help us fill the room? More details and limited tickets at www.trybooking.com/186434 Hope you can join in the fun. Thanks, Theona 4 months ago