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CHF is Australia’s leading advocate on consumer health care issues.

We work to achieve safe, good quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by the best health information and systems the country can afford.

Vision and Mission

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Medicare's 40th anniversary

Medicare is the publicly funded universal healthcare insurance scheme in Australia. It is the principal way Australians access their health services. February 1st 2024 marks 40 years since the Hawke government reinstated Medicare as the means to ensure Australians have access to high quality healthcare. 

Medicare is highly valued by Australian health consumers, but as our population ages and the level of chronic disease increases, Medicare must also change.

Join us as we reflect on Medicare’s 40th anniversary and advocate for affordable healthcare.

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Member benefits

  •   Alerts to free supporter network events, webinars and resources
  •   Health Update — CHF's exclusive members' fortnightly e-newsletter
  •   Alerts to Consumer Representative Vacancies and CHF Consultations
  •   Access to CHF policy submissions, information and project reports

Consumers as leaders in health care

 

 
A voice for health consumers
Making sure consumers are part of the health conversation as effective advocates and leaders.
 
Improving the quality of health services
Working with health and social support systems to implement consumer-centred reforms that make the right kind of difference.
 
Influencing policy
Advocating consumer-centred health care to governments, health and social support systems.

Upcoming Events

As Australia and the world continues to feel the effects of climate change, a greater focus is being applied to the impact the changing climate is having on people’s health and the way that healthcare is delivered. During the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai at the end of last year, the...
 

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Australia's Health Panel is a CHF project that adds your voice to the national conversation on health policy through timely and high quality surveys.

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What we are doing

The latest news, blogs and publications

A gourp of people standing around a cake celebrating Medicare's 40th anniversary
CHF has continued to advocate strongly for health consumers as Medicare celebrated its 40 th anniversary on 1 February 2024. In the media and directly to Health Minister Mark Butler, CHF CEO Elizabeth Deveny has called on the Australian government to fund CHF to deliver public education on how best...
Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has called on the Australian Government to fund a public education campaign that fully explains the Medicare system to the general public. CHF, Australia’s peak body for health consumers, said many people only think of Medicare as helping to fund their GP...