Three ACT Health ICT Committees


ACT Health has recently reviewed and updated the governance arrangements for technology/ICT across the Directorate. All existing technology/ICT committees and working groups have been dis-established and replaced by six new Committees that are intended to provide oversight and clinical leadership of ACT Health ICT matters in a cohesive and streamlined way. There are vacancies for consumer representatives on the following committees:


  • Clinical Paper-Lite Steering Committee
  • Critical and Administrative Technology Steering Committee
  • Diagnostic and Clinical Service Specific Technology Steering Committee

Each Steering Committee will meet every two months at Canberra Hospital on a regular schedule which has not yet been finalised. While we understand that without the schedule you won’t know if you will be available to attend meetings at this point, we would welcome an indication of your interest if one of these opportunities appeals to you. We will forward more information about the meeting schedule as soon as it becomes available.


The closing date for nominations for these committees is Friday June 15.




Drugs and Poisons Information System (DAPIS) Upgrade Project – Stakeholder Engagement Group


The Drugs and Poisons Information System (DAPIS) is a prescription monitoring system used by the Health Protection Service (HPS) to monitor the prescribing and supply of controlled medicines in the ACT. The project will see the delivery of a prescription monitoring system for health professionals in the ACT, as well as the development of a digital solution for Chief Health Officer approval applications to prescribe controlled medicines, by March 2019. The overall aim of the project is to improve systems in the ACT for minimising public harms arising from the abuse, misuse and dependency to controlled medicines.

A Stakeholder Engagement Group comprising of representatives from local professional and consumer bodies has been established to seek advice on implementation plans and to ensure active and effective engagement occurs during the rollout.

There are 4 proposed meetings, of 1 – 1.5 hours each. This committee is likely to conclude in February 2019.

The closing date for nominations for this committee is 12 June 2018.




Conference Sponsorship Positions


COTA Australia National Policy Forum 2018 

Older Consumers: Choice, Challenges and Rights in Changing Markets


The 2018 COTA National Policy Forum brings together older consumers, consumer advocates, academics, regulators and sector experts to closely examine the challenges and opportunities facing older consumers in current and emerging markets; and to identify the priorities for ensuring their voices are heard in consumer policy, regulation and market practice.


When: Thursday 28 June 2018
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Where: National Press Club, Canberra


If you would like to know more about the 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting, visit their website:

HCCA will sponsor two consumer representatives to attend the 2018 COTA Australia National Policy Forum. Sponsorship includes registration, and transport assistance if required.

If you would like to attend this Policy Forum, please complete the expression of interest form on the HCCA website here

The closing date for expressions of interest for this forum is Friday 15 June 2018.












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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. 


Consumer representative training covers the following modules: 


• What is consumer participation?

• What are consumer perspectives? 

• Navigating our health system 

• The importance of health literacy

• How to keep ourselves safe in our health system


If you would like more information about the training or to register your interest contact the office on 6230 7800.



What do participants say about our training?


"The training is not only useful for those hoping to become a consumer representaitve, but it would also be useful for anyone who needs to navigate the ACT Health system ." 


"A great introduction into the health system and how we can effect change."


"Training assisted my own needs to health care [and] provided what I need to assist the community in regards to health issues." 





Step 1: Fill in a Membership Application Form.  Each person applying for membership must fill out the membership application form and sign the declaration that they agree to accept and fully support the Aims and Objectives of the Association.


Step 2: Your application will be considered by the Executive Committee (EC) at the first meeting after receiving your application.  If you agree to accept and fully support the Aims and Objectives of the Association and have applied in accordance with the application process, your application is likely to be accepted.


Step 3: If your application is accepted, you will be sent a letter of confirmation from HCCA.  If the EC decides that an applicant is not suitable to become a HCCA member, the Executive Director will send a letter to that applicant outlining why the EC has decided not to accept their membership application. The membership fee and any donation received will be returned to the applicant.


Renewal of Membership

The membership period is three years. Renewal of membership is due on 1 July in the year of expiry.  All members should renew their membership at the end of the three year membership term.


Where any member fails to renew by September 30 in the year the membership expires, their membership will lapse and will not be reinstated until the fee is paid. If a membership has lapsed for more than a calendar year they will be required to reapply for membership.


If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please fill in the appropriate form below and return it to HCCA with your payment.



ACT Health recognises that consumer representatives should not be left out of pocket from their consumer representative work. All ACT Health committees provide reimbursement for expenses. The current rate of reimbursement is $75.00 per two hour meeting, and a pro-rata rate for meetings longer than two hours. This payment is intended to cover any costs incurred as a result of consumer representative work, such as petrol, parking, printing meeting papers and childcare. Most but not all other non-government health service committees have a similar rate of reimbursement.


The ACT Health Consumer, Carer and Community Representative Reimbursement Policy can be found on their website. Our CRP team liaise with the committee Chairs to ensure consumer representatives receive reimbursement. 


As of August 2013, the ACT Health Consumer, Carer and Community Representative Policy has changed.  The latest policy can be downloaded below.




HCCA encourages individuals and organisations who share its aims, objectives and values to become members of HCCA. We recognise that having a strong, engaged and diverse membership very important to effective consumer involvement in health decision making.


HCCA offers membership to both individuals and organisations which benefit them in a variety of ways including:

  • eligibility to be endorsed as a consumer representative
  • access to training and support as a consumer representative
  • invitations to events, including training and workshops
  • attendance and voting rights at the AGM
  • invitation to policy briefings


Our Membership Policy was endorsed by the Executive Committee in June 2015 and can be downloaded below.


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HCCA is a membership organisation. The Executive Committee sets the strategic direction of the organisation and is made up of members elected by the membership.