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Who else is concerned?

SACOSS has a range of ideas on a myriad issues, but there are many other organisations with the role of raising awareness and advocating for particular issues in the lead up to the 2010 State election.

Below you will find the contact details for South Australia’s peak bodies, as well as brief overview of each organisation. Find out which organisations are involved in issues of significance to you, and contact them for further information.

Aboriginal Health Council of SA Inc
The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc. (AHCSA) is the peak body representing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Substance Misuse Services and Aboriginal Health Advisory Committees in South Australia at a state and national level. AHCSA is a membership-based peak body with a leadership, watchdog, advocacy and sector support role, and a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination. We are the health voice for Aboriginal peoples across South Australia, representing the expertise, needs and aspirations of Aboriginal communities at both state and national levels based on a holistic perspective of health. AHCSA is a collective term that includes both the membership and the Secretariat – the role of the Secretariat is to undertake work that AHCSA directs them to do via its Board, on which all member organisations are represented.
Contact: Amanda Mitchell, Health Development Coordinator,

Aged & Community Services SA & NT
Aged & Community Services SA & NT Inc (ACS) is the major peak aged and community care sector association in South Australia and the Northern Territory. It represents the majority of community care, residential care and retirement housing organisations that provide aged care services to an estimated 100,000 older South Australians and Northern Territorians, their carers and their families. ACS has more than 130 members that provide over 600 separate services.
ACS SA&NT strives to provide all members with practical information and support in operating aged care facilities and community care services, in what is a dynamic, challenging and rapidly growing service sector. ACS SA&NT assists its members by promoting their work to the community and to Governments, and by keeping them informed of matters that affect their operations.
Contact: Alan Graham, Chief Executive Officer,

Brain Injury Network of SA (BINSA)
The mission of BINSA is to facilitate improved quality of life, independence and community inclusion for adults and children with acquired brain injury through:

  • Accessible state-wide advocacy, information and informal support to people with an acquired brain injury (abi) and their family/carers. The advocacy is consumer driven, community based, independent and confidential.
  • Representation of South Australian constituents issues at National and State levels wherever possible.

Contact: Ralph Kogler, Executive Officer,

Carers SA
Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail. More than one in eight Australians provide care of this kind. The purpose of Carers SA is to improve the lives of carers. Together we provide important services like counselling, advice, advocacy, education and training. We also promote the recognition of carers to governments, businesses and the public.
Contact: Phil Saunders, Policy Officer,

Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Inc. (CANH)
CANH is the peak body for 97 Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses throughout South Australia. The Association provides service and support to, and advocacy for Houses and Centres to enable them to deliver the best quality service to their participants. CANH’s focus is community development.
Contact: Gill McFadyen, Executive Officer,

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COTA Seniors Voice (Council on the Ageing)
COTA Seniors Voice is South Australia’s peak seniors’ organisation. Our membership encompasses around 20,000 individual members and over 300 senior’s organisations with a combined membership of more than 60,000.

Key roles:

  • Policy and advocacy – centrally engaged in every major aged related State Government policy over the last 20 years
  • Representation – seniors’ interests are represented by COTA Seniors Voice in a wide range of State and Commonwealth government forums, non- government bodies, consumer advisory groups, research bodies
  • Programs and services – COTA Seniors Voice develops and delivers a range of services and programs delivered both in SA and interstate
  • Benefits – COTA Seniors Voice offers great savings and benefits available exclusively to members

Contact: Ian Yates AM, Chief Executive,

Health Consumers Alliance of SA (HCA)
The HCA is the peak body for health consumers in South Australia. As a peak body, the HCA undertakes many activities in promoting consumer participation as well as being a vehicle for consumers to voice their perspectives to health planners and decision makers. These activities include:

  • Involving consumers in policy development and health care decision making
  • Organizing forums on relevant health topics
  • Submission writing and legislative review
  • Supporting consumers to develop skills in advocacy and representation
  • Lobbying activities with decision makers
  • Community information projects which raise consumer awareness
  • Working with other peak bodies in the health and welfare sector

Contact: Stephanie Miller, Executive Director,

Homelessness SA Inc
The vision of Homelessness SA is the elimination of homelessness through:

  • advocating for the rights of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • identifying and striving to address the conditions that create homelessness and inequality
  • promoting a society where all people are valued and included
  • encouraging active participation, cooperation and innovation

Contact: Cate Jones, Secretary,

Mental Health Coalition of SA Inc
The Mental Health Coalition of South Australia is the peak body for the non-government mental health sector in South Australia. Their mission is to influence the development, range and responsiveness of services to support people affected by mental illness.
Key issues for mental health are:

  • Reducing stigma and increasing understanding of mental illness and its prevention
  • Redressing historic under-investment in mental health services through increasing the support people to stay well in the community

Key priorities are:

  • 500 additional housing units per year for five years- linked to flexible and timely support options
  • Improving physical health outcomes for people with mental illness
  • Increasing range and effectiveness of supports for people with complex issues such as co-existing drug / alcohol issues or other disabilities
  • Supporting people with mental illness to stay well and avoid behaviours that results in incarceration

Contact: Geoff Harris, Executive Director,

Multicultural Communities Council SA
The Multicultural Communities Council of SA is the peak organisation that efficiently services, innovatively empowers and strongly advocates for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in South Australia.
Contact: Vivien Hope, Executive Director,

National Council of Single Mothers and Their Children
National Council of Single Mothers and their Children incorporated (NCSMC Inc.) is the peak body actively lobbying for the rights of single mothers and their children Australia wide. The organisation has been operating since 1972 when it was formed by a group of women committed to improving the social conditions for single and unmarried mothers. These women and NCSMC was instrumental in securing income support for single mothers and changing the legal status of their children in the 1970s. NCSMC continues to monitor the policy impacts for single mothers and their children, who represent the majority of all sole parent families.
Contact: Operations Manager, Lee-Ann Vangesen,

Shelter SA
Shelter SA is the peak housing organisation in South Australia and represents the views of people, especially those on low to moderate incomes, who live in a wide variety of housing tenures.
Contact: Gary Wilson, Executive Director,

South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services
SANDAS is now the peak body for non-government organisations working in the alcohol and other drug field in South Australia. SANDAS aims to effectively support and represent the needs of its members in order to improve the delivery of drug and alcohol services in South Australia. SANDAS is a not for profit association funded by the Department of Health, Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia, the Department of Health and Ageing and the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.
Contact: Andris Banders, Executive Officer,

Youth Affairs Council of South Australia

  • Is a non-Government, incorporated body, which is not aligned with any political party or movement
  • Is working toward supporting meaningful improvements in the quality of young people’s lives
  • Provides support to the youth sector
  • Advocates to Governments and community on the range of matters which affect young people lives
  • Is a source of information and referral on the interests and issues of young people

Contact: Jennifer Duncan, Executive Director,


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