The Consumers Health Forum is establishing a Consumer Commission to take forward the lessons the COVID-19 experience offers for a better and more consumer-focused health system. The demands COVID-19 imposed on health care have triggered fresh impetus for system reforms. CHF’s mission is to draw on...
Australian patients and taxpayers will contribute more than $25 billion over five years under the new Community Pharmacy Agreement yet consumers have little effective say in this central part of the health system. The Consumers Health Forum is disappointed that the new Seventh Community Pharmacy...
The Continuity of Care Collaboration survey has shown the range of influences affecting patient access to health care during the pandemic that should guide future improvements to health services, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The impact of COVID-19 revealed not only just how much patient...
The Consumers Health Forum congratulates Ainslie Cahill on being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her great work in promoting the interests of health consumers. “Ainslie has been a tremendous advocate in many spheres of consumer health and the AM is the latest recognition of her...
NPS Medicinewise and CHF Working Together Logo A new Working Together agreement between the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and NPS MedicineWise has been launched setting out how they will partner and build on their collaboration over the past 20 years to ensure consumers are at the...
“I was more relaxed in my consultation. I was in my familiar environment and the specialist and I were both at ease. I didn’t have the stress of getting the two people I care for sorted before the 90-minute drive to the city hospital for this appointment. I saved money on fuel and parking fees. I...
The impact of COVID-19 provides powerful evidence for the Government to boost Australia’s health prevention measures, the Consumers Health Forum says. Articles in the latest edition of CHF’s ejournal Health Voices underscore how avoidable chronic health conditions have made many patients more...
Telehealth has proved to be of great benefit for consumers with chronic conditions at a time of strain on health services caused by COVID-19, the Consumers Health Forum says. Many patients may be reluctant to see their doctor because of COVID-19 fears, just when it is more important than ever for...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the COVIDSafe tracing app as an additional key public health tool to reverse the spread of the virus in Australia. “Provided many people install COVIDSafe on their phones, the app will accelerate what is currently a manual tracing process, helping state and...
The staged return of some elective surgery next week announced today by the Prime Minister is not only great news for many patients on waiting lists but also a vindication of the cautious measures that have kept COVID-19 at bay, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Now that the COVID surge...

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