Stephen Duckett
The Abbott-led government shrilly decried a ‘debt and deficit disaster’ before initiating massive increases in budget deficits. It also reneged on a ‘no cuts to Medicare’ promise with a 2014 Budget that made swingeing cuts to public hospitals and attempted a compulsory co-payment. With that background, here are three dos and three don’ts for the new government.
Jennifer Doggett
Many areas of life have changed radically in the last generation due to the opportunities provided by new technologies and other societal changes. We no longer have to queue at banks, spend our life savings to make an overseas phone call, rush to the supermarket before it closes at 5pm or choose between the meagre entertainment offerings on five TV channels. However, during this period of rapid transformation in many consumer sectors, our experience of health care has changed surprisingly little.
The Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation has released their Discussion Paper to help stimulate debate and inform submissions which will inform the Panel’s recommendations, and are conducting Public Consultations.
You are looking at the renewed website of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. This brighter website is aimed at better picking up and presenting YOUR health issues and interests. We also have a fresh, contemporary logo and new colours. logo.png This site incorporates content from the sister...
We are at a point of flux in health policy decision-making where we need fresh thinking to tackle the paradox of these times: contemporary health care’s enormous potential to preserve and extend life at a time of avoidable disparity in health outcomes, CHF CEO Leanne Wells, said in the Ian Webster Oration to UNSW’s Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity.
Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, discusses how Primary Health Networks might measure "success" in consumer engagement.
Leanne Wells, CEO, discusses how the views of consumers can and ought to be reflected in the work of Primary Health Networks.
In this blog for the Canberra Times CHF CEO Leanne Wells urges the Federal Government to act quickly to move towards community and coordinated care in the early days of the new Primary Health Networks.
Doctor and patient viewing an x-ray image
Above all else patients want professionals who see them as more than just a problem to be solved. CHF CEO Leanne Wells on being treated as an individual.
clinician talking to patient
"The latest Commonwealth plan to reboot Australia’s primary care system offers the potential for consumers to have a greater say over how their local health services should work. We hope." CHF CEO Leanne Wells on the potential of the PHNs

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