Australia’s health system is no longer fit for purpose and central to the fundamental changes needed should be a shift towards a more wellness-focused and consumer-centred ethos. It is time to move on from the old-fashioned notion that in health policy we pay attention only to the clinician and not...
Kellie O’Callaghan has had her two COVID vaccinations, not only because of her own health conditions but also because she is an active member of her community in Gippsland, Victoria. She is urging everybody to get vaccinated as soon as they can. “That way we can get back to the freedom and doing...
Hamza lives in an extended family household on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Through his experience in advocating for family members with health conditions, he has led and facilitated a national network of consumers and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Hamza’s mother works...
We are increasingly seeing a huge cross-over between lack of climate action and health outcomes, says Neil Pharaoh, and that’s an issue he hopes will be a focus of the YHF National Summit. As it happens, Neil will speak at the Summit on the theme of ‘Young People Influencing Change’. It’s a subject...
Brad Rossiter OAM is a consumer champion whose life and health experience puts him in an influential position to advocate for COVID-19 vaccinations. Brad has overcome multiple health challenges and become a community health leader in Bateman’s Bay on the NSW South Coast. Now he has joined CHF’s...
A new report released on Thursday, August 12, shows just how much we, as consumers, can enhance our health by improving our diet and physical exercise. Getting Australia’s Health on Track provides an update on the simple but important ways we can change our lives and reduce by one third the...
As our leaders sometimes say, when challenged about the state of health care in Australia, what other country would you like to get sick in? Not many, as it turns out. Australia’s health system is nearly world-beating, the latest report from the Commonwealth Fund of New York finds. But with two...
Now, perhaps more than ever, young people have reason to think deeply and darkly about the future. Climate change, most recently shown by the catastrophic impacts of fires and floods, and the long-term implications of the COVID pandemic, raise crucial questions for young people pondering the years...
Group of young people from diverse ethnicities walking along an Australian beach with a cricket bat
When Consumers Health Forum’s (CHF) Youth Health Forum first met, a key theme that quickly emerged was that young people were part of the “missing middle’’ in health care. The transition from paediatric to adult-level care has often meant that the specific needs and health issues facing young...
That’s the title of a panel presentation I gave this week to the Australian Medical Association’ s national conference. The combination of an ailing private health insurance system and the prospect of the rise of so-called “managed care” may present a gloomy outlook for many in the medical...

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