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,...
What does it mean to have a chronic [1] condition? What do the acronyms BAU [2] , CCF [3] or ARP [4] stand for? Would a new migrant understand the term bulk-billed [5] ? Among the many words submitted to the jargon blacklist for Drop the Jargon Day, these terms are often confusing and meaningless...
youth_health_forum_oph-075.jpg With over 50 young people from around Australia arriving in Canberra for this exciting event, CHF’s first Youth Health Forum held on 18 and 19 September, was a huge success. The event brought together youth leaders and nominees of youth and community organisations,...
With an estimated 9 million Australians taking prescription medicine every day and more than 230,000 Australians hospitalised each year with problems caused by their medicine, it is more important than ever for consumers to be equipped with the right information and resources regarding their...

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