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...
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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...
The Consumers Health Forum CEO, Leanne Wells, has advised a national ‘wargame’ roundtable of key points CHF believes must be considered in an effective National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Leanne had the opportunity to speak directly to the National Taskforce Co-ordinator-General, Lieutenant General...
The theme for 2021 Naidoc Week is Heal Country! - inviting us to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The theme reminds us too of the twin...
Proposals for big changes to primary health care have recently been presented to the Government so this week’s #CHF Talks webinar on the subject was timely. The 20 recommendations in the discussion paper of the Ministerial Primary Health Reform Steering Group include extensive options for reform,...
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The challenges in providing vitally important health care for older and frail people have been amply demonstrated by the Government’s struggle to ensure all residents in aged care homes are vaccinated against COVID-19 in good time. It is not as if the Government is not mindful of the needs for...
The power of modern drugs makes it more important than ever that consumers are supported to know and understand their impact. Think of the potency and benefits of opioids, antimicrobials and anti-psychotics, yet all too often they are also associated with harms that could have been avoided. It’s...

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