The continuing activities in which the Association was engaged during the last
financial year was as a consumer association assisting medical consumers and
representing their views via submissions and committee representation to
government and government agencies A CD-Rom was published and lodged
with the State Library of NSW. Various advocacy websites were maintained.
Activity Summary for the period July 2001 - June 2002:
The increased workload placed on the secretary has continued as result of
consumer representation on various Government Action Plan (GAP) Committees
connected with information management and technology. However a lack of
members available to serve on such committees has meant that some requests for
representation could not be satisfied. Liaison contact and some attendance at
related meetings of kindred groups has been maintained including:
NCOSS/ACOSS, CP&SA Health and Transport Committees, FLAC, UAGR,
Seniors Economic Forum, CVAG, EMR Safety Network,
The main MCA website was upgraded and websites for the following kindred
organisations were maintained and extended: EMR Safety Network, One Voice
One People- Human Rights Defenders, FLAC, Health Committee of CP&SA,
Oral Health Alliance. CVAG, UAGR/SEF. A total of 457 web pages of material
are now supported.
The secretary presented two papers at IIR Conferences: Pulse 2001 Health
Summit, November 2001 "The Medical Consumer in the E-Health Environment".
National Medico-Legal Congress, Feburary2002 "A consumer view of
e-privacy and the new legislation"
Written submissions were made on: Draft National Privacy Principle Guidelines:
Mental Health Services in New South Wales:
Support of medico-legal cases have resulted in MCA sending observers to
several status conferences at the courts. Lobbying about medical indemnity
insurance issues has also been a major focus.
The first edition of the MCA Resources CD was produced by April 2002. The
material totals 226 Mbytes in size and consists of just over 9,100 files. Included
are: past newsletters, 119 editions; a selection of briefing notes, 23 in number.
The layout follows the new MCA website in design and the CD provides a
comprehensive history of MCA from its foundation in 1976 up to December