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...
When Sally*, a young mother, was prescribed antibiotics for an illness, she began taking them straightaway according to her doctor’s instructions. She had never taken these medicines before, and when she started experiencing a persistent headache and nausea soon afterwards, she wondered if it had...
When an elderly lady visits her GP for a routine check-up, the GP notices that she’s been reading a novel while she was in the waiting room. As they talk about her health conditions, as well as her day-to-day life, her GP suggests that she join a newly established book club at her local library...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. The idea that private health insurance is in trouble is given weight by the latest membership numbers showing a decline of 65,000, the steepest fall this...

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