Thank you Martin Bowles PSM

The Consumers Health Forum thanks the outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health, Martin Bowles, for his support on consumer issues during his tenure.

The chairman of CHF, Tony Lawson, said that it had been of great value to have worked with Mr Bowles.  “He saw the importance of ensuring consumers have a central role in shaping health policy and the Consumers Health Forum wishes to make public acknowledgement of his leadership in this regard,”

“Mr Bowles ensured consumer advocates had a place at the table in reviewing significant areas including health insurance and primary health care.”

The CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said she had found Mr Bowles to be a source of encouragement on consumer issues.

“His comments to a health consumers colloquium earlier this year gave strong direction for the needs of consumers to be at the centre of healthcare services, not just to make life easier for patients, but also to “produce efficiency and financial advantages for the health system”, Ms Wells said.

“Mr Bowles said then: “In the next two decades, $2 trillion will be spent on health --- clearly, this is not sustainable. That’s why reform is so important and consumer involvement must be part of it.  We must see real change underway to wrap the system around the consumer”.

“And he pointed to two big changes, the establishment of the Primary Health Networks and the Health Care Homes initiative as developments that will generate demand and opportunities for consumer health advocates to make a difference ---  a huge shift, moving the focus from practitioner and provider to individual needs of consumers.

“We wish him all the very best for the future,” Mr Lawson and Ms Wells said.



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