9 February 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The Youth Health Forum is hosting a masterclass presented by Jennifer Doggett on the Australian health system. This is a great opportunity for young people aged 18-30 who are interested in developing a foundational understanding of how our health system works. 

We will prioritise registrants currently in health consumer advocate roles, people interested in pursuing these roles, and people from advocacy organisations. This masterclass is for young people who have limited opportunities to access to this kind of education and training, and places are limited.

This interactive session will provide a broad overview of the structure and functions of the Australian health system and identify key strategies, tools and levers for effective advocacy. Topics included will be:

  • The evolution of the Australian health system – how did we get here? How does the history of the health system inform the problems we are encountering today?
  • The main players – what are the main components of the health system? How do they relate (or not) to each other?
  • The division of responsibilities across different sectors and levels of government – who does what and where does the money come from? What are the different ways in which we fund and deliver health care?
  • The role of consumer and advocacy organisations – how understanding the health system can support effective advocacy.  What are the most effective approaches for advocates wanting to make changes? 
  • Key current debates – identifying tools and levers within the current health policy landscape to advocate for change.  Why do some issues never seem to be resolved?

How to participate

When: 1pm - 3:30pm (AEDT) on Thursday 09 February
Where: Zoom/online
RSVP: Register here
Cost: Free event

Other information

  • This will be recorded and uploaded onto the CHF website, along with support tools and resources. We will announce when this will be available in the CHF newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.
  • This event is for young people aged 18-30 only
  • Places are limited. You will be notified by email if your registration has been successful.
  • If you have registered and can no longer attend, please cancel your registration via the links in the confirmation email or by contacting Louise Stockton at
  • The session will include a break, and participants are encouraged to move and stretch as the need
  • Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible for you.

Got a question?

If have a question and would like further information, please contact Louise Stockton at