As the Federal election looms, the need for health reform has never been more obvious, and central to any reforms should be the social determinants of health and a renovation of our health care system. Recently the Consumers Health Forum held a member and stakeholder forum to hear emerging and...
This article was first published in John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog The announcement of Federal Government plans to establish a website listing medical specialist fees may seem a modest response to a problem that causes financial distress to many patients already struggling with their...
It has taken a while but something comparable to the impact consumer power has exerted in areas like banking and retail is now emerging in health care. Consumer influence over the future shape of health services was a repeated theme at the Australian Financial Review’s Healthcare Summit last week...
With thousands of online resources on health, how do you know which ones to trust or which websites best address your needs? Whether you are grappling with a particular health issue or just looking to maximise your personal health potential, navigating the increasingly complex maze of modern health...
A survey conducted by CHF has revealed that more action is needed to improve the way people get their information about their medicines. The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has raised the issue of how consumers can better access information about the medicines they take. He has asked the...
This week’s new Report on Government Services indicates that Australia’s publicly-funded health services are performing passably well in meeting demand - but could do better. It provides yet more evidence highlighting the need for changes in primary health care that the Consumers Health Forum have...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Here we are in 2019, well into the 21st century and the new millennium. As the years slip by and our knowledge about what works best in health care continues...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. With Australia’s health system it can sometimes seem that the more remedies there are proposed, the harder it gets to put them into practice. Whether it be...
Recent media reports have exposed the worrying incidence of faulty medical devices around the world and in Australia. When things go wrong, the impact on a person’s ability to work and enjoy a fulfilling life can be profound and game changing. What these reports did not highlight is the disturbing...
We find ourselves right now at a pivotal point in the development of Australia’s most important digital health project: The My Health Record. The move of the MHR program towards the “opt out” deadline next week has focused critical scrutiny on issues of access, security and privacy to, and of,...

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