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Health consumers everywhere have lost a true champion with the passing of Diana Aspinall, at age 80. A leading figure in the development of the health consumer movement in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Diana set a wonderful example over 45 years of the way consumer advocates can make a lasting...
The consequences of the terrible bushfires which have swept Australia in recent days bring together two systemic challenges impacting on life as we know it: climate change and an outmoded health system. The fires make increasingly urgent the need for remastered health and environment approaches...
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The bushfires ravaging Australia are taking our environmental health challenges into uncertain territory, making it more vital that we are kept up to date about the health consequences and for there to be a proactive, comprehensive plan for prevention and management. Today Australia’s Health Panel...
Do you have ideas about how we can improve primary health care? If you do, there may be an opportunity --- if you sign up this week --- to have your ideas considered in the development of Federal Government policy. For most Australians, primary health care is our most common contact point with the...
Consumers as leaders in healthcare will be the central theme of the inaugural Australasian Shifting Gears conference hosted by the Consumers Health Forum in September 2020. The health system is “shifting gears” with consumers demanding and acquiring a greater say in health – their own and society’s...
The recording of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s (CHF) joint free online webcast, The Rise of the Consumer Voice , is now available. The webcast was a discussion on the evolution and current state of the health consumer movement in Australia. Members...
The CHF Members Policy Forum was held at the Shine Dome in Canberra on 12 November and we welcomed almost 60 of our members to what we hope will be the first of many such events. We have received excellent feedback following the event with members particularly enjoying the chance to talk policy...
How knowledge, understanding and trust are central to the success of the AIHW’s National Primary Health Care Data Asset. Leanne Wells The Consumers Health Forum joined with the Australian Insitute of Health and Welfare to help raise consumer awareness and understanding about the institute’s...
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...

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