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Life with a chronic health condition – what is the consumer experience?

For six months of 2017, HCC has worked with the WA Primary Health Alliance and Curtin University on a project to explore consumers’ experience of chronic disease and what kind of care they are seeking from the GP and community based services. People living with chronic health conditions and a range of community-based health service […]

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Staying Safe at Home – Patient’s Own Medicines

This is a guest blog from researcher Brock Delfonte. Managing your medicines at home can be complicated. It is important for your health that you always take the right medicines at the right time and know why you take each one. It is also just as complicated managing your medicines when you are admitted to […]

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Have you ever considered being a volunteer member of a non-profit board?

For a non-profit organisation, it’s been said that effective board service starts with the right match — the right match between an individual with the talent and commitment to make a difference and an organisation that is in need of that individual’s unique blend of skills and attributes.   The Health Consumers’ Council is currently […]

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The Surprising Truth About Youth Mental Health that Everyone Should Know – Guest Blogger: Jacinta Balestra

In his recent presentation at Black Swan Health’s symposium, Executive Director of Orygen (the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health) and 2010 Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry highlighted the shocking impact that mental illness has on the economy and the need for youth early intervention services to reduce its economic and […]

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How do you know about your rights in health care when you have come from a country where human rights may not be recognised?

Picture source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/world/asia/29myanmar.html On Tuesday the 11th April twenty-three people who have come to Australia from Burma/Myanmar learnt about their rights and responsibilities in health care. The session was held at the Herb Graham Centre in Mirrabooka and was supported by two interpreters. Some of the people attending speak Karen and others speak Burmese; have […]

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Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

“Studies show 77% of cancer patients who incorporate complementary approaches believe it improves their quality of life. 73% state it makes them feel hopeful. 71% say it helps to boost their immune system” (Mao et. al. 2011). In Western Australia Solaris Cancer Care leads the way in providing complementary therapies in cancer care. Solaris Cancer […]

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Cancer Patient Empowerment

It can be difficult to process the diagnosis of cancer. You are losing control of your body and although you do have choices during the treatment process they are limited. You can’t do the things you used to and you have to accept a new kind of ‘normal’. During this process, it can be difficult […]

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My Grandson the gift: A new world of unconditional love & care

My Grandson the gift Gifts from God come in all kinds of wrappings and I treasure the gift of my Grandson. I am a Grandparent with fulltime care of my fifteen year old grandson James who has multiple disabilities, including Downs, Autism, Epilepsy, Hashimotos and sensory disabilities.  He has had a recent diagnosis of Juvenile […]

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PMH Staff Morale at Crisis Point – Consumer Perspective

As promised by our state’s new Heath Minister, The Honourable Roger Cook, the report into staff morale at WA’s Child and Adolescent  Health Service can be found publicly on this link on WA Health’s website. Confusingly, it is noted as confidential- a sign of how recent this edict of transparency by the Health Minister is. As Executive Director […]

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Celebrating people who make a difference…

Have you ever encountered a person who absolutely stands out in the way they approach the work they do? There is a noticeable difference in attitude and energy between those who are truly engaged in their role and those who are not… and how difficult must it be to face up every day to something […]

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We welcome new members! The council has three categories of membership – Individual, Organisation and Associate. Individual membership is free. There’s a small fee for organisation and associate membership (invoices are sent out at the beginning of the

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Health Consumers’ Council eNewsletter is a fornightly publication. It contains news regarding upcoming HCC and external events, new publications and links to interesting articles.   Subscribe to our mailing list   * indicates required Email Address*   Name*

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 The Health Consumers’ Council publishes Health Matters Magazine each quarter. Current edition of Health Matters Magazine: Previous editions of Health Matters Magazine: Health Matters Issue 3 2016 Health Matters Issue 2 2016 Health Matters Summer 2016 Health Matters

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Click here for the workshop calendar  Members End of Year Celebrations- Members and by invitation only Wednesday 20th December 2017 Introduction to Consumer Representation Training Tuesday 6th February 2018 Supporting Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Wednesday 14th February 2018 School for

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