Thousands of older Australians should not have to wait another 12 months to receive safe and quality care as is likely under present plans, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “There is no question that our aged care system requires urgent attention,” the CEO of Consumers Health Forum, Leanne...
Australians with chronic conditions and complex needs are less activated than their healthier counterparts which may be a contributing factor to their generally worse health outcomes a Consumers Health Forum study has found. “In October – Health Literacy Month – these findings highlight how...
When it comes to health system statistics in Australia there is a paradox. It is that the vast amount of data collected on individual interactions with the system is in inverse proportion to the limited public reporting of such activity, even in de-identified meta form. There are voluminous records...
Whenever you take a new medicine or use a new medical device – whether it be something as simple as a painkiller or band aid, to a complex device such as a pacemaker – you may be at potential risk for a negative side-effect, or an ‘adverse event’. These unexpected and unwanted symptoms may be...
The question of any further taxpayer help for private health funds requires a searching inquiry into the cost benefits of such subsidies for the whole health system, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Many billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on private insurance, yet we are now...
…there seemed to be no way out. I was sick and couldn’t afford to get better. I’m a victim of sexual assault resulting in a diagnosed anxiety disorder and depression. I couldn’t afford the gap payment for counselling services. A skin infection got totally out of control. I did not have the cash to...
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia recognises that climate change represents an immense threat to our health and today announces it has joined the Climate and Health Alliance. As Australia’s leading advocacy organisation on consumer health issues, the Consumers Health Forum believes it is...
New figures showing that Australians are spending more than ever in health costs highlights the need for more Government action to remedy the crippling out of pocket costs many patients face, the Consumers Health Forum says. Latest official figures show that health spending by individuals has grown...
When Sally*, a young mother, was prescribed antibiotics for an illness, she began taking them straightaway according to her doctor’s instructions. She had never taken these medicines before, and when she started experiencing a persistent headache and nausea soon afterwards, she wondered if it had...
When an elderly lady visits her GP for a routine check-up, the GP notices that she’s been reading a novel while she was in the waiting room. As they talk about her health conditions, as well as her day-to-day life, her GP suggests that she join a newly established book club at her local library...

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